The best thing to do when touching down in a city is to come to know it and make it your own. To do this in Austin, consider familiarizing yourself with its essential parts. Head on over to South Congress Avenue (SoCo) and see what makes this young, hipster area tick. Here you can go shopping at second-hand consignment stores, grab some great and cheap Mexican food at the Habanero Mexican Café and even spot some local talent in one of the area’s galleries. Consider breaking up the day with a visit to the enormous and ornate State Capitol, or the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to learn about your host town while seeing the sites.
Take the day today to nourish yourself. Wake up in the morning and consider a jog around Lady Bird Lake, or spend the day in Zilker Metropolitan Park where you can bike, canoe, swim, or play Frisbee golf to your heart’s content. After lunch consider admiring the blooms at Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center.