by Melissa Brightwell, Vayable Intern
South by Southwest is just around the corner in Austin, and it’s time to start preparing your event schedules! When planning which panels, films, and concerts to attend, make sure to leave some time to explore the beautiful city.
Apart from being the live music capital of the world, Austin is known for its beautiful parks and nature trails around Lady Bird Lake, its eclectic variety of delicious food trailers, its thriving art scene and, most importantly, its unique and quirky city culture. We have found some really amazing local Austinites that are passionate about their hometown and love sharing it with travelers. Here are some of our new Austin Vayable experiences:
David is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to guide people around Lady Bird Lake in canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat colony and if you’re lucky you may even get to view Austin’s beloved bats emerging from their home under the Congress Avenue Bridge while on the lake!
For those of you that are 21 and over and are looking to explore Austin’s nightlife with a fun-loving local, be sure to check out Kelsi’s 6th street tour! Kelsi has graduated from the University of Texas and is now going to law school there. During her time at UT, Kelsi has learned all of the best places to go in downtown Austin for good music, cheap drinks and friendly bartenders.
Dale is a local artist with many incredible pieces that can be seen around the city. He is extremely knowledgeable and excited to share his experiences and some of his favorite public pieces around Austin with you!
In addition to managing a non-profit, Irene is a fun and passionate connoisseur of the local food trailers. She even arranged for 3 separate food trailers to be present at her Austin wedding! Join Irene on a delicious biking tour of Austin’s best food trailers, ranging from mom-and-pop shops to 4-star restaurant-sponsored trailers.
With its quirky personality, Austin is a growing oasis for art and and culture. Mike, a seasoned bike tour guide through Europe and other places around the world, has landed in Austin to bring share his love of bikes with visitors.
Browse Vayable’s other Austin experiences here to start planning your SXSW trips!