Karaoke bars, upscale restaurants, tubing on the Colorado River – there’s something for every bride- or groom-to-be in Austin. If it’s your responsibility to throw a memorable bachelor or bachelorette party in the ATX, you’re in luck. There is no end to the amazing ideas for nights on the town, party-worthy events, and activities to make you or your day truly special. Here are five ideas from Austin locals.
Rent an Incredible Vacation Spot
Austin has so much to offer in the way of outstanding rental spots. You can find a party house on the lake, a loft in downtown Austin, a bungalow in the woods…virtually a vacation rental for all bachelor/bachelorette party styles. Try the Austin Motel for a timeless getaway with the guys or gals – it has an excellent location, retro décor, and a swimming pool for hot summer nights. Best of all, the affordable rate makes these rooms total steals! You can tap into the amazing places in Austin listed on Airbnb for unique rentals in the area.
Go Wine or Beer Tasting
Head to The Austin Winery or Water 2 Wine, to places where you and your best girls can go wine tasting for your bachelorette. There are typically great deals on Groupon.com for wine tasting in Fredericksburg and Dripping Springs. You can hire a company to drive your group to multiple wineries in one day. Take a similar adventure for beer lovers with a brewery tour of Austin. Austin is home to many microbreweries and local craft brewers. Learn the history and sample their finest home brews, all in the name of love. Go slightly less classy with a good old-fashioned bar crawl!
Hit the Water on a Party Boat
Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake are open year-round water adventures – the perfect opportunity for a daytime event or a more adventurous bunch. Lake Travis has a plethora of fun group activities, from water parks to ziplining. You can rent a party barge and take your group out onto the water for a day of swimming, drinking, and no-holds-bar fun! Make sure to have a designated boater, however, as it is possible to get a boating under the influence charge in Austin. You don’t want to put a damper on your bachelor-bachelorette weekend.
Swim at Barton Springs
Barton Springs is a perfect location for a relaxing day by the water. Go for a swim at this gorgeous natural spring, lie in the sun, and talk about the exciting days ahead. This spring is popular with locals, as it’s one of the most beautiful in the area. You can also head to Hamilton Pool, another popular public swimming spot, or hike McKinney Falls to swim if you’re feeling outdoorsy.
Go Out on the Town
It wouldn’t be a bachelor or bachelorette party in Austin without experiencing the city’s incredible nightlife. In downtown Austin, you’ll find a bar or nightclub for everyone, from luxury clubs with your own private room to dive bars with the locals. Many bars offer excellent drink specials, and beverages you can only find in Austin! Ask for the Mexican martini for an ultra-unique drink or a local craft beer for a taste of the city.
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