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Top Fall Activities In Austin

November 28, 2015

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Top Fall Activities in Austin

Cooler weather in Austin always makes me super excited to do more things outdoors. You can finally walk around and explore the city, try new restaurants, tour art exhibits, and more! So put on your sunnies and cozy scarf and get ready to head out the door for Austin’s best fall activities before retreating into full-blown winter hibernation mode.

SEE ALSO: Austin City Guide

You know I’m all about capturing high quality photos, especially food photos so I was super excited when Olympus sent me their Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R lens! Carrying around my heavy DSLR is quite hectic, while smartphone photos sometimes just can’t capture the same quality. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is super compact (weighing just over a pound), easy to cary, offers automatic setting, and has a vintage style with modern technology.

Olympus PEN E-PL7

My favorite features:

  • The 180° Flip Touch Screen is meant for selfies but I actually use it to get the perfect top down food shots!
  • The built-in WiFi lets you transfer photos to your phone via the Olympus Image Share app and allows you to control the camera remotely.
  • Many interchangeable lenses – I’m looking into getting the 50mm, or 25mm F1.8.


Take a hike

Enchanted Rock

Captured Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R Black Lens

Explore Austin’s best natural trails like the Barton Creek Greenbelt, McKinney Falls State Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Enchanted Rock, and all 100 steps up Mount Bonnell. We took this photo this weekend at Enchanted Rock, the 360° panoramic view of Texas was stunning! #nofilter


Explore city art

Austin Murals

Captured Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R Black Lens

Austin is home to many beautiful murals! Grab your camera and set off on the mural scavenger hunt through the city. Here’s a couple of my favorites:

HOPE Outdoor Gallery – 11th & Baylor
6th St Historic District – 6th & SB I-35 Access Rd
Greetings from Austin – 1720 S. First Street
You’re My Butter Half – 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
I love you so much – 1300 S Congress Ave
’til death do us part – 419 Congress


Try new restaurants

Sunflower Restaurant

Zocala Cafe

Captured Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R Black Lens

We had over 100 restaurants open this year! Standouts include Emmer & Rye, Wu Chow, Vox Table, and Cafe No Se. I finally got to cross Sunflower Restaurant off my list of places to eat at for the longest time. The Vietnamese pho, egg crepe, and grilled pork vermicelli bowl pictured above are so good! Zocala Cafe is another recent favorite, try the guacamole, queso, shrimp enchiladas, and frozen horchata margaritas!

SEE ALSO: Over 100 New Restaurants Opening In Austin This Year


Go mini golfing

Hill Country Golf & Guitar

Hill Country Golf & Guitar

Captured Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R Black Lens

I love mini golf + dinner double dates! We had so much fun at the Hill Country Golf & Guitar – fueling up first at their restaurant, Six String Grill. Favorites included the fried pickles, ginger peppered ahi tuna salad, crispy fried calamari, and beef short rib. It was cold and rainy the day we went so we had the entire mini golf course to ourselves and played all 18 holes. I even hit a hole in one!


UT football


As a fellow UT Austin alumni, I have to add UT football games to my fall list of activities to do in Austin. If you haven’t experienced tailgating to seas of burnt orange and rows screaming fans, you are missing out. Hook’em horns!?


Texas wine tours


This is the best time of the year to visit the vineyards and discover some new favorite wines! There’s over 46 wineries scattered through the Hill Country. I highly recommend Fredericksburg and Granbury, both less than 2 hours away from Austin.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.