Top Austin Day Trips

An excellent mix of culture and geographical beauty, Austin has long been known for its outdoorsy culture, live music, and variety of festivities. Sometimes referred to as “The Jewel of the Hill Country,” Austin also hosts a variety of awesome day trips!

If the Capital City is the crown jewel, then its surrounding towns are certainly Austin’s gems. Surrounding Austin are several charming towns that offer fun things to see and do. Next time you’re itching for a mini-vacation, check out some of our top picks for Austin day trips.

New Braunfels Kayaking
Want to take a row on the wild side? Spend a day on the water in New Braunfels, Texas. The town, located 49 miles south of Austin, is home to two impressive rivers (the Comal and Guadalupe), making it the perfect spot for kayaking. New Braunfels will satisfy your thirst for a water adventure with lessons, guided trips, and plenty of kayak rentals. It’s the ideal getaway for Austinites with an appetite for adventure!

Pflugerville Wine Tasting
Looking for a perfectly relaxing getaway? Take a short 15-minute drive to Pflugerville to experience not one, but three custom wineries. Experience hundreds of wine options at 3 of the area’s best wineries – Water 2 Wine, D’Vine Winery and Austin Custom Winery. Taste to your heart’s content and take home a bottle or two. Some wineries even offer the option of adding a custom label to your bottle of wine. Cheers!

Lockhart BBQ Tour
Are you a true blue BBQ fan? If not, you will be after visiting Lockhart, TX. Known as the “BBQ Capital of Texas”, this tiny town is home to four amazing barbecue restaurants. Folks travel far and wide to get a taste of Smitty’s, Kreuz, Black’s, and Chisholm Trail’s delicious barbecue. Which will be your favorite? Find out when you visit this meat-lovers paradise, just a short 30-minute drive from Austin.