If you’re reveling in the break from the heat like I am, then you must want to celebrate and embrace the beautiful fall season that’s now upon us. Fortunately, there is an overwhelming number of things to do in and around Austin when the colors begin to change. Below are many of the stand-outs.
This one is obvious, for a reason. One of the first things my wife and I did this fall was get up early, grab a coffee, and head to the haven that is Mount Bonnell. The views are incredible and the crisp, early morning air brings an energy that can’t be beat. There are picnic tables available if you decide to bring food, and several sitting areas to simply relax and take in the view.
Moontower Saloon is one of my favorite newer spots in Austin. It opened last year and sits on three acres, underneath a collection of huge oak trees. The atmosphere perfectly suits the fall temperatures. Moontower has a full bar and several local beers on tap, three quality food trailers on-site, and they even allow your dogs to come hang out as long as they’re leashed. They host live music Thursday through Sunday and have fire pits available if the late-night air gets a little too chilly.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Mozart’s offers one of the best views of Lake Austin and is a wonderful place to enjoy in the fall. They have free wi-fi and a spacious outdoor deck. So if you’re the type that can take your work with you, get outside and make it your office for the day. Mozart’s recently added caramel apple cider and pumpkin pie gelato to their menu, especially for the season. You also can’t go wrong with their pumpkin chai or the snickerdoodle latte.
Texas Wine Trail
If you’re a wine fan, there is no better time to get out on the Texas Wine Trail than the fall. October happens to be Texas Wine Month, and there is plenty of it right in Austin’s backyard. Scope out a deal and purchase wine trail tickets or simply venture out on your own and see what you discover. Some of my favorites include Lewis Wines, Flat Creek Estate, and Pedernales Cellars.
Home Slice Pizza
Home Slice is good in any season, but my favorite time to go by far is in the fall. There’s just something comfy about stuffing my face with pizza and savoring every last drop of my draft beer while the cool, autumn breeze hits my face. If the dining experience alone isn’t enough for you, here are 16 reasons not to miss their “Carnival O’ Pizza” on November 16th.
Okay, so the Longhorns aren’t as good this year as teams past, but that doesn’t mean the game atmosphere is any less fall. From the tailgating to the sea of burnt orange and the screaming fans, the atmosphere couldn’t be tailored any better for the season. For cheaper tickets, try their Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace, where you can buy directly from season ticket holders who can’t make the game.
Sweet Berry Farm
For those of us who don’t have a farm of our own to enjoy the fruits of Harvest’s labor, the next best thing is Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. It’s about an hour from Austin. You’ll find a huge pumpkin patch to choose from, stuff-your-own scarecrow activities, and pumpkin pie ice cream that’ll make you shout. Don’t go on Wednesday, they’re closed, but do stop by for horse rides and face painting on the weekends.
Which of these things to do in Austin this fall makes you most excited?