Best Fall Activities in Austin – Austin Fall Activities 2012

In Texas, we have some of the most beautiful weather during the fall and winter months. What we lack in beautiful crimson foliage, we more than make up in cool breezes, temperate climates, a little bit of rain, a lot of sun and plenty of Fall activities to make the most of the season.


Downtown Austin undergoes a transformation during the cooler months. During the summer, the downtown area can be a hot and muggy mess of cars, tourists, hipsters, and professionals making their way about town. But during the fall and winter, the storefronts transform into bastions of the season, and the weather cools down, so that a stroll downtown is possible without perspiring. Downtown Austin is known for it’s many watering holes and outdoor dining areas. There’s no better time of year to take advantage of those auspices than in the fall. Serrano’s downtown has a great outdoor dining patio and if you’re looking for a nice biergarten, the ever-popular Easy Tiger is your ticket. Also, if you happen to be downtown early on a Saturday, be sure to visit the downtown farmer’s market for all the best seasonal foods.

South Austin

While downtown has the social life, the South Austin area has plenty of green, open space. South Austin is famous for the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which runs 7 miles along Barton Creek south of downtown Austin from Zilker Park in Central Austin around a system of creeks and continuing on into the Hill Country along Lost Creek. This Greenbelt is one of the top ten trails in the state and a leisurely hike or bike excursion through the winding trails during the fall months is one of the best ways to enjoy a brisk Austin morning or evening. The main trailhead for the hike and bike trails can be accessed at the southwest corner of the Mopac/Hwy 360 intersection. If you manage to make it down to Zilker Park, don’t hesitate to stop by the Trail of Lights closer to the holidays.

North Austin

North Austin is the land of shopping and dining. Homes and residences in the North Austin area are luxurious and expansive communities. They sit near Lakes Austin and Travis along winding roads that curve up into the Texas Hill Country. When it’s too cold to enjoy Lake Travis, the folks in North Austin enjoy endless options to shop ’till they drop and dine by the lake. There are three major malls in the area that feature all of the best shops and restaurants. The Arboretum, The Domain, and the Hill Country Galleria (pedestrian mall) all offer quality clothing, accessory, and electronics stores. This is the perfect getaway if you want to start knocking out the Christmas gift list. As far as dining goes, Hudson’s on the Bend and the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse are both renowned restaurants that serve up seasonal, locally minded fare.

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