Solo travel in Austin was so much fun! I love the city of Austin (and the surrounding area). My first couple of weeks were full of adventure. I felt like every time I walk out the door of the my AirBnb I discover something new, even in my quirky little neighborhood.

On my street alone there are skeletons sitting at a table in someone’s front yard, a purple cat chimney and a yard full of concrete statues! As a solo traveler, I love staying in Airbnbs because I get to know the neighborhood.  This community and Austin has not disappointed in that department.

If you are are solo traveler, considering a visit to Austin, TX, it’s a great choice! There are so many choices for activities, hikes, food and music.

Things you can do alone in Austin:  

Visit South Congress – there are a ton of cute shops and places to eat and drink. There are 2 really cute, kitschy hotels: Hotel San Jose and Austin Hotel. Both of these places have unique rooms that you shouldn’t miss.  We ventured around several shops, had ice cream at Amy’s Ice Cream and enjoyed all the outdoor art available for our enjoyment.

Almost every shop was dog friendly and the ice cream at Amy’s…OH MY!!! Right across the street from Amy’s is a there is a cute area where they have created a beach scene with chairs and an umbrella. I sat and enjoyed my ice cream while I people-watched!

Downtown Austin

Check out The Driskill Hotel. It is the oldest hotel in Austin, located in the heart of the city. It is definitely worth wandering through the lovely hotel. You can walk around and enjoy the gorgeous detail of the hotel, check out the cafe and bakery or head to the bar for a drink.

Have a drink at Wanderlust – A wine bar that is worth a stop for a solo traveler in Austin. It is right around the corner from the iconic Austin Wall mural and has a wall of wine that you can pour by the ounce. It is such a cute place with tons of art on walls and it’s completely dog friendly! Wine down Wednesdays is fairly popular with the locals. On most evenings that I visited, it was a light crowd so easy to navigate the wine options.

Take in the Capitol Building – “The Capitol grounds comprise about 22 acres in the heart of downtown Austin, so there’s plenty more to see! Featuring 17 monuments, historic buildings and trees, and beautifully landscaped lawns, the grounds are a great place to explore.”

Head to downtown Austin, park at the library, and walk to Lady Bird Lake trail. You get the best of both worlds. The urban trail offers great views of downtown and the nature of the lake.

The library has been updated and it is a great place to work or simply view the art. The parking garage is well lit and not horribly expensive. From here you can get on the trail and walk past the amazing wonder woman mural on the side of the LINE hotel.

As you make your way around the lake, check out the Mexican American Cultural Center. The center is a lovely building with artwork on the lawn. It shares some of Austin’s Mexican American legends who have graced Austin with their music and other artistic contributions.

Best Art Exhibits in Austin

One of the most fun things I did on my solo trip to Austin was Wonderspaces (it is not dog friendly). It is about a 20-minute drive from downtown, located in a warehouse. It was an incredible experience! The warehouse is full of interactive and immersive art displays that will wow you!

Reservations are required for Wonderspaces, but that just means that there are not a ton of people in the exhibits. You really get to interact with each exhibit. I was in complete awe and smiling to myself the whole time. Check out my post about the Austin Art Scene for more.

Solo weekend travel

The Muellers farmers market is large, super dog friendly, and has LOADS of gluten-friendly options for treats and snacks. I was super excited to find this market. For all my gluten-friendly recommendations, check out this post.

Dog Friendly

If you are looking for great places to take your pup for a walk around town Tink and I like:

Lady Bird Lake (**note that there are a lot of homeless camps set up around the lake)

Boggy Creek Greenbelt

Mueller Lake 

Southwest Greenway. 

These are all well-trafficked and easy walks. It’s a great exercise for you and your pup and I felt safe on all of these trails (and steered clear of the larger homeless camps).

What is your favorite thing about Austin?