Day In The Life of a Millennial Moving to Austin

Benjamin Gold

The population in the five-county Austin metro jumped to an estimated 2,295,303 according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released May 4. This is an increase of 3% from the prior year, the fastest population growth among metros with at least 1 million people. With so many new people moving to Austin, we decided to put together a list of what a day in the life of a millennial moving to Austin may look like.

Visit Lady Bird Lake

Running through the heart of downtown Austin is Lady Bird Lake, an oasis for outdoorsmans’. One can run or bike alongside the river on the 10 mile loop that surrounds it. You can also take to the water and rent a paddle board or kayak from the Texas Rowing Center. Some of the best views of the Austin skyline can be found floating on the water of Lady Bird Lake.

Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller

In the Mueller neighborhood right outside downtown Austin, the Texas Farmers’ Market is the place to be for fresh produce. All produce is organic and sustainably raised, making the market a prime choice for conscious consumers. A producers’ only farmers market focused on sustainable agriculture, the Texas Farmers’ Market has countless vendors ranging from produce to artisanal foods. Because of this, you can always find fresh, quality ingredients that vary from season to season.

Mt. Bonnell

Sitting high up in Covert Park within the Balcones neighborhood of Austin is the city’s highest point. Mount Bonnell is Austin’s most scenic outlook, requiring only short hike and 102 stairs up the trail. It’s one of Austin’s best viewpoints, looking out over the hills of West Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Whether one is looking for a romantic date destination, a stellar view, or just a hike through one of Austin’s most beautiful areas, Mount Bonnell is always a good time.

South Congress

One of Austin’s most charming areas is in the heart of downtown Austin and just south of Lady Bird Lake. The street features shops and stores of all kinds, and some of Austin’s best eats within a four block radius. South Congress makes for a great place to spend a lovely Austin day.

The shops that South Congress features are delightfully quirky. You could stop by at Allen’s Boots and experience the Texan lifestyle with endless rows of cowboy boots and hats. Or visit Jo’s Coffee and get a cup of java by the famous “I love you so much” mural. Whether you end up shopping until you drop or eating at one of the many unique and delicious restaurants that line South Congress, you are bound to have a good time in one of the city’s most popular and unique areas.

The Domain

For a great day of shopping and eating in North Austin, the Domain will take care of all of your retail needs. With over 100 shops and restaurants ranging from high-end stores to conventional retail stores, there is something for everyone at the Domain. In addition to the innumerable storefronts, the Domain is home to residential units, office space, and multiple hotels. For endless entertainment, retail shopping, and a wide range of restaurants, the Domain is the place to be.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

For an outdoor adventure in south Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is the place to go. Starting from Zilker Park and running its way through the heart of southwest Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is home to some beautiful swimming holes, cliff jumping spots, and scenic outlooks. With numerous access points located along the 13 mile Green Belt trail, one can enjoy a swim, some sunshine or a nice bike ride under the central Texas sun.

Zilker Park

The Zilker Metropolitan Park is undoubtedly Austin’s favorite park. The park is 351 acres of recreational space, with great views of Downtown Austin and Austin staples like the Barton Springs Pool. A picnic on the vast green grass of Zilker surrounded by fellow Austinites and their many dogs followed by a quick dip in the everso refreshing Barton Springs Pool makes for a wonderful day in Austin. Sourced from underground springs, the Barton Springs Pool is three acres of crystal clear water perfect for countering the draining heat of an Austin summer. Being a staple of Austin, it’s only proper for anyone moving to Austin to visit at least once.