Some people in Austin think the lands north of US 290 and RM 2222 are dull and uneventful. Some south Austinites even deride the north as another city entirely.

To some of these folks, north Austin is the place to live if you can’t handle the “real” Austin vibe native to 6th Street, South Congress, and Guadalupe. While it’s true that there are no world-renowned music festivals held in north Austin, and the characteristic Austin “weirdness” does run a bit thin the farther north you travel, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a blast after driving past downtown.

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To those ends, here’s 17 activities that prove north Austin is worth exploring! Not all of these are exclusively north Austin experiences, but that doesn’t make them any less great.

Have a barbecue feast at The Salt Lick or County Line

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The Salt Lick’s mighty grill. Photo: Flickr user Anthony Quintano, creative commons licensed

Like every good Texan, you probably dream of pork ribs, brisket, and coleslaw—or you at least catch yourself drooling over them now and then. There’s no better place to scarf down a melt-in-your-mouth barbecue feast than in the Texas Hill Country and North Austin is no exception. County Line BBQ on the Lake and Round Rock’s Salt Lick are two of North Austin’s most popular barbecue haunts.

The Salt Lick: 3350 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665. 512-386-1044. Open Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website.

County Line BBQ (on the Lake): 5204 Ranch Rd 2222. 512-346-3664. Open Sun-Mon 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website.



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