We’ve all made the mistake of asking friends and family for help putting together an itinerary of things to do, places to visit, and restaurants to eat at when you have guests coming to visit. It opens the door for a debate and several pages of things that you’ll never get all the way through. Cramming an Austin experience into a few days can be a little difficult, but there are some things that you can cut out.

1. Think about ditching the Thinkery - While this children’s museum can be a great place to spend the day with your young ones on a rainy day, it’s often packed with families and doesn’t offer a lot to keep the adults entertained.

2. Move on from the mural hunt - Everyone’s Instagram feeds are covered with selfies at the “I love you so much” wall, and it can be a pain to fight the traffic to grab even just one photo at one of the so-called “iconic” murals. There’s art everywhere you look in Austin, and more than likely, you’re bound to find an even better backdrop for your vacation poses.

3. Duck out of spending an afternoon at Zilker Park - While Zilker Park is the venue for many events and is brought up anytime someone mentions it being their first time in Austin, there are so many other parks to visit in the city. If a quick stroll fits into your itinerary while you’re in the area, go for it, but don’t go out of your way to try to hike the trails.

4. Scrap the Bat Bridge viewing - From March to October, you can catch sight of 1.5 million bats emerging nightly from the Congress Avenue Bridge. While they are supposed to begin emerging 20 minutes before sundown, the soaring temperatures that are common when you live in Texas often keep the bats from flying until after the sun sets. There’s a likelihood that you’ll only catch sight of a few bats taking flight rather than the huge swarms that everyone talks about.

5. Pull the plug on Peter Pan Mini-Golf - It’s true that Peter Pan Mini-Golf has been a staple of the Austin community for nearly 70 years, but the fact of the matter is, it remains to be a mini-golf course. There are more impressive Austin experiences to be had.

If you need a bigger list of the do’s and don’ts for anyone new to Austin, don’t hesitate to reach out to Team ATX Life! We’re experts in the best hot spots and the hottest real estate markets, so give us a call at (512) 586-7270.