The Most Instagrammable Places in Austin

Austin is a beautiful city...


From the iconic street art to the unique architecture and eye-catching skyline. So you can't be blamed for the irresistible urge to emblazon your Instagram with all of the images that illustrate the glory of living in Austin. If you want to embrace that practice to the fullest and really go to town, here's a round-up of the most Instagrammable places in Austin. If sharing selfies from all these local hot spots causes rampant jealousy among your friends and followers that don't live here, sorry. But not really.






Photo via Umlauf


The Umlauf Sculpture Garden

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. 


The ultimate Austin spot to achieve zen and tranquility, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden presents plenty of photo ops to play statue or get some enviable greenery shots.


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PHOTO via instagram / @julesrules115


Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd.


Get green thumb envy and enjoy plenty of Austin’s finest wildlife at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Perfect for garden themed photo ops and fairy picnics.


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PHOTO via instagram / @CarrieJanee


Red Bud Isle

3401 Redbud Trail

 

Part amazing dog park, part hidden gem Red Bud Isle is reachable via both car, paddleboard, or kayak. The perfect place to take a swim with your 4 legged friend or watch the sunset.


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Photo via instagram /@DJamesB2


Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd.


Austin’s favorite natural spring is a little piece of utopia. Cool water, lounging on the grass, and epic scenery make it the ideal place to get your summer grams on. 


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PHOTO via JENSEN-SLATTENGREN 


The Top of Mt. Bonnell

3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd.


The best views in the city are only a hop, skip, and jump away...well actually a leisurely climb along some stairs. But the climb is worth it for the most far-reaching views in the city.


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PHOTO via JENSEN-SLATTENGREN 


Dirty 6th

404 East 6th St


The bustling, oft intoxicated 6th street is the best street to wander down if you are looking for a good time. Complete with great street food, cocktails galore, street musicians, and gems like the giant jackalope at the aptly named Jackalope. - oft intoxicated 6th street is the best street to wander down if you are looking for a good time. Complete with great street food, cocktails galore, street musicians, and gems like the giant jackalope at the aptly named Jackalope. 


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Franklin's BBQ

900 East 11th St


The lengthy lines at the ever so popular Franklin’s BBQ are well worth the wait for the juicy, tender goodness. Grab a cooler, some chairs and be prepared to get in line for meat heaven.


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PHOTO via instagram / Uncommon Objects

 

Uncommon Objects

1602 Fortview Rd


Uncommon Objects Antiques and Vintage Shop is basically one giant store of Instagram opportunities. Bedecked with everything from a wall of antlers to taxidermy, antiques phones, signs and more; get ready to play cross-century dress up.


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PHOTO via JENSEN-SLATTENGREN 


The Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave


Get a healthy dose of Texas history with a tour through the stately Capitol building. Plus plenty of opportunities to pose with Bush portraits and historical statues.


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photo via flickr / you're my butter half by ty nguyen


You're My Butter Half Mural

2000 E. MLK Blvd


Another great piece of street art, another chance to proclaim your love. Located on the side of the Greater United Austin Building, this bright mural is worth a stop in this neighborhood.


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photo via instagram / @the_oliver_poodles


"I Love You So Much" at Jo's Coffee

1300 S Congress


The "I love you so much" sign on the side of Jo's Coffee has become the most iconic piece of street art in Austin. Perfect for engagement photos, wedding photos, or just waiting for coffee.


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The W Hotel Pool

200 Lavaca St


The W Hotel rooftop pool is one of the hottest hangs in the city, literally bc it's that much closer to the sun. Get your tan on all year round and ogle the B-list celebrities as you look down upon the plebeians of downtown Austin.


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photo via trover / Lamar Street Pedestrian Bridge by Rudy Ramirez


Lamar Pedestrian Bridge

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail


The pedestrian bridge connects the north and south parts of Lamar along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Expect tons of fit Austinites jogging, scenic pup pics, and perfect sunsets.


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The Long Center

701 W Riverside Dr


The Long Center Performing Arts Center is not only one of the most picturesque views of the city but also hosts some of the best artistic acts. Stop by for a selfie, stay for a ballet, musical, concert, or Do512’s own Sound & Cinema movie series all summer long. 


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Photo via Roger Ho


Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd


Home to ACL, the Kite Festival, and many a Sunday volleyball game; Zilker Park is the pride and joy of Austin. From popular ‘Gram Zilker Bark to pics of Barton Springs or the Greenbelt, Zilker is sure to be tagged in many of your photos.


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Photo via utexas.edu


University Of Texas Tower

110 Inner Campus Dr


The statuesque tower is right smack dab in the middle of University of Texas. A focal point of the university to pay homage to football wins and other feats.


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photo via american-statesman / by Rodolfo Gonzalez


Hi, How Are You

408 West 21st St


Daniel Johnston's classic image has adorned this campus-area wall since 1993, when the Sound Exchange record store commissioned Johnston to paint a mural of his 1983 album cover, which had become widely recognizable after Kurt Cobain wore the image on a t-shirt during Nirvana's promotion of Nevermind. When in Austin be sure to get your photo ops in here. 


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photo via facebook / SXSW


Auditorium Shores at Town Lake

800 W Riverside Dr


The Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial is located at the intersection of Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail (South 1st and Riverside), first installed in 1994 and often has flowers and other devotions at its base. Plus, great views of the Austin skyline from this spot.




Contributed by Page Jensen-Slattengren


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