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We all like to look forward to our next vacation getaway. Any upcoming vacation can be just what you need to take away the stress of work and school. However, inflation is at an all-time high, and the cost of traveling is higher than ever. Don’t let the increasing cost of goods and services turn you away from an exciting vacation getaway to Austin. You will find that the city offers plenty of free and low-cost activities that will offer an exciting time for you and your family. Take a look at how to vacation in Austin without breaking the bank:

Take a Historic Tour of the City

When you visit Austin you will find that the city has a deep and rich history that is waiting to be explored. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Capitol Building for free during your visit. These self-guided walking tours start at Preservation Austin and take you throughout the state capitol building. Additional buildings that are available to tour include various iconic music venues and historic African American sites too. All you have to do is stop by the Austin Visitor Center and sign up for the downtown walking tours. Additional tours can also be enjoyed with Six Square Historic Tours.

Visit Zilker Park

Austin is home to various lakes right here in the city including the one found at Zilker Park. This is no standard park and is instead a 360-acre lot of land that includes Barton Springs Pool and the Zilker Botanical Garden. The natural springs pool is always a joy to splash around in during the summer. The botanical garden features a variety of beautiful flora that is native to the region. Tickets can be reserved online and to ensure a spot at either attraction at Zilker Park.

Hike Up Mount Bonnell

When one thinks of Texas they typically do not think of mountains to climb up. It is true that Texas is a pretty flat state but Austin is surrounded by Hill Country and has Mount Bonnell as part of it. While Mount Bonnell is not your standard mountain but is still an enjoyable mountain. The trail is easy enough to navigate for the whole family. Best of all, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Austin area afterwards. This is a great spot to catch the sunset but make sure you head back down before it is dark! Mount Bonnell has been a staple in the Austin community since the 1850s and is absolutely free to hike.

Watch the Famous Austin Bats

One of the worst kept secrets in Austin is now a top tourist attraction here in the city. We are of course talking about the bats that live underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge for most of the year from spring through the fall. During this time of year 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats call the underside of the bridge home. Like other animals need to get out and eat at some point of the day. Since bats are nocturnal you can see them take flight for the night at dusk for a mesmerizing experience. Grab a viewing area near the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats take to the sky for free. Don’t worry, the bats will not come anywhere near you but it’s never a bad idea to wear a hat to cover up any bald heads in case the bats fly over and have to relieve themselves.

Grab a Pint from a Local Brewery

Austin is a beer paradise for Texas and features dozens of craft breweries in the city. Head over to one of the many taprooms including Austin Beer Garden Brewing that features a happy hour during the week. Enjoy a variety of savings on pints of beer and appetizers to have a low cost time out for the day. Most breweries in the city are also family friendly so the whole gang can go play games and enjoy some delicious food.

Honky Tonk at Little Longhorn Saloon

If you are in the mood for a little country music dancing, head on over to Little Longhorn Saloon. This local country bar is known for the six days a week happy hour where you can get Lone Star beers for cheap. This is a great spot to take your partner for country dancing and enjoy a romantic night out for just the two of you.

More to Do on Your Vacation in Austin

As you can see, there are quite a few different ways to save on your wallet on your vacation in Austin. Book one of our Austin vacation rentals here in the city to experience the best of Austin!

Try something new this year for Valentine’s Day by booking you and your loved one an excursion to Austin. You will find that Austin has plenty of romantic activities and events that will make the most of your trip. Take a look at the most romantic events and activities you find can find here exclusively in Austin, TX for Valentine’s Day:

Hit the Spa

Treat your loved one to a relaxing first day for your Austin, TX Valentine’s Day trip by hitting up the spa. Austin features many wonderful spas in the city that offer a variety of services. Viva Day Spa offers their Delicious Duet Couples Spa Package that includes services such as massages and body treatments. Additional spa locations in Austin also include Spavia Day Spa and Hiatus Spa + Retreat. Take a look to see what kind of Valentine’s Day specials they offer exclusively for the holiday.

Go to the Drive-In

There is nothing more romantic than a date at the drive-in, especially when you visit Austin. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is the ideal spot for a drive-in date in the city. This local drive-in typically features cult classics and indie films so there is something that is sure to catch your eye for your date. If you are looking for more bigger studio tent pole movies head over to Doc’s Drive-In Theatre so the biggest hits on the big screen.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance 2024

Come support the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation by attending their annual Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance again this year. The event features the Sentimental Journey Orchestra led by Ted Connerly along with the Memphis Belles singers. Enjoy a meal provided by Austin Catering before you hit the dance floor at this World War II themed dance. A bazaar will be on hand where you can purchase items to help with proceeds for the museum. Don’t miss out on this fun event here at the Texas Military Forces Museum. The party starts at 6:30 PM with tickets on sale now!

Fine Dining for Austin TX Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day celebrations always go hand in hand with a nice meal with your loved one. You can continue this traditional Valentine’s Day experience by visiting one of the many romantic restaurants here in the city. J. Carver’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse is known as a refined experience thanks to their incredible seafood, wood-fired steaks, and a lengthy wine list. Book a private dining room for a whole new experience like nothing else.

Emmer & Rye is a local favorite that has been named one of the top restaurants in the country. Their menu features cuisine with seasonal ingredients which always have an inventive appearance. You won’t find the same menu each day at the restaurant, but their nightly dim sum specials are a treat. The covered patio is a great spot to enjoy a meal under the heaters as you look out at Downtown Austin.

You can’t stop by Austin without picking up some delicious Mexican food. Enjoy a meal with your loved one at Suerte where you will find high end Mexican cuisine that can be paired with their rose sangria. The options are near endless here in Austin. Valentine’s Day is always a busy night in the restaurant industry, so reservations are highly recommended.

Grab a Drink

Make sure to take your loved one out to a night on the town here in Austin. You will find that Downtown Austin is thriving with speakeasies that offer handcrafted cocktails in intimate settings. Garage is a hidden cocktail lounge located inside an actual parking garage; you will find “Cocktails” on the wall letting you know you found the right spot with an imaginative space inside. Midnight Cowboy is located inside a former massage parlor where you can reserve a table for inventive libations; if the vacancy light is turned on out front you can head inside without a reservation! Buenos Aires Café takes you back to 1950s Argentina where you can enjoy tasty cocktails and empanadas. Make sure to have a reservation for Valentine’s Day night at any of these cocktail lounges!

Explore the Urban Trail

Austin has plenty of hiking to enjoy too when you head over to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This area features 13 miles of highly rated hikes such as Twin Falls along with Sculpture Falls. Or grab a bike from a rental shop and bike around Lady Bird Lake where you will have plenty of incredible views.

Austin Is Waiting

Romance never quits here in Austin so make sure to start planning your own romantic getaway for two. Book one of our Austin area vacation rentals to enjoy fine amenities and luxurious features. Austin is a city not quite like anything else out there.

If you are looking for the perfect vacation getaway in Austin, Texas, look no further than The Nest. This appropriately named sanctuary is located in the premium South Congress area neighborhood and provides all the amenities that make travel fun, luxurious, and comfortable. Up to 8 guests can share the space easily without feeling like they are stepping all over each other. The Nest s the ideal destination for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway, so take a few moments out of your real life to enjoy a walkthrough of The Nest and get a sneak peek into your future vacation in Austin.

the nest living area

Relax with a Luxury Stay

As the door swings open, revealing your vacation stay for the following days, step inside and feel its magic begin to relax and soothe. A spacious open-concept floor plan has no secrets, and you will feel instantly at home as you walk further inside. The living room features a fantastic hanging closed-hearth fireplace, accenting the artistic charms of modern-style furnishings. Tall white walls add a natural elegance to the room, as do the large sliding doors on opposite sides of the living room that let in the light and offer unobstructed views of the pool and hot tub on one side and a private oasis designed to make you think twice about ever leaving on the other. A giant dove gray sectional in the living room will invite guests to sink into its soft depths, pick up the remote lying within close proximity, and spend a couple of hours surfing the channels on the state-of-the-art television mounted on the opposite wall. A fully equipped kitchen right off the living room provides a taste of the luxury life with clean floor-to-ceiling white cabinets and uniquely tiled countertops the color of a baby’s blue eyes and stainless steel appliances give guests the modern conveniences they love, while a large island breakfast bar fronted with wooden barstools provides the sense of family that makes guests feel at home. Of course, you may only use the fully-equipped kitchen for a little bit of brewing a pot of coffee, keeping your leftovers cold, and creating your favorite cocktails, but isn’t it nice knowing that it is there to be used if needed? Finally, the dining room sits just next to the stylish kitchen providing a clean uniquely-styled table for dining, game playing, or quiet conversations with your favorite traveling companions. Gather around this table and watch the smiles return to the face of your recently sullen teen and hear the laughter that rings through the expansive ceiling, reminding you again how vital this getaway to Austin was for your entire family.

The property features three bedrooms, each just as comfortable as the last. The primary suite has a relaxing king-size bed, fine linens, a flat-screen TV, an en suite bathroom with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a walk-in shower. Two of the guest bedrooms each offers king-size beds, while the remaining two each feature excellent amenities, one with a king-size bed and two queen beds in the third room. The sleeping space makes The Nest the perfect property for those traveling with extended family or friends. The home also features a full-size bathroom shared between the bedrooms. The main living space also features a half-bath for the entire house. Guests will find bookshelves scattered throughout the floor plan, filled with books, games, and movies. In addition, each room features pops of color in blankets, art, and area rugs, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests will feel like they have plenty of privacy around them while staying close to friends and family when you book a stay at The Nest. A laundry area with a full-sized washer and dryer finishes up the tour of the interior spaces, allowing guests to pack light and save room in their luggage for all the fantastic souvenirs they will pick up during their Austin adventures!

the nest pool

But Wait, There’s More!

For such an intimate space, The Nest packs a lot of punch, especially as you walk outside to the large concrete patio that offers one final surprise amidst all that is expected. The pool and hot tub reign supreme, providing warmth during the colder stays, comfort during the summer months, and a touch of romance to the area. So soak away the aches and pains of vacation hijinks as you sip wine and stare into the stars of another perfect Austin vacation night. A barbecue grill can also be found outside, allowing the chief griller in your family the opportunity to strut his or her stuff on nights you decide to stay in. After all your Austin Adventures, we are sure you will be ready for a long night of deep sleep and happy dreams in the cozy beds! Rest, relax, and recharge in its beautiful spaces, ensuring that this vacation will be one you never forget. Reserve The Nest today!