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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Austin

June 24, 2021
Rainy Days Downtown Austin

You know the drill: you have fun day planned in downtown Austin. Out of nowhere, a Texas thunderstorm rolls in and you are back in planning mode again. Don’t let the clouds spoil your adventure. When you need a plan B, just check out our list, grab your umbrella and hit the road.

If You Were Planning a Run on the Hike and Bike Trail…

…switch gears and head to an indoor cycling class! A spin class will raise your heart rate without having to worry about the logistics of getting all wet. In downtown Austin, there is SoulCycle location that validates parking for up to 90 minutes in the Frost Bank Tower garage. There is also RIDE studio right across the street from City Hall which validates parking in three nearby lots. If you’re looking for a fun workout that will leave you feeling great afterward, either option will do the trick.

If You Were Headed to an Outdoor Music Venue…

…go listen to jazz instead. After all, nothing goes better with rainy days than the blues. Swing by the Elephant Room, a mainstay on Congress for almost 30 years, to see which artists are performing that night. The basement bar is open 365 days a year and the laid-back vibe will help you forget about the gloomy weather. If you are looking for something a little bit different, the Parker Jazz Club has a killer house band that plays many nights of the week, along with several guest bands. If it’s raining on a Thursday, Parker Jazz Club has weekly Jazz Therapy. Last, but certainly not least, Antone’s is a place to catch both up-and-coming artists and established acts. Even in the Live Music Capital of the World, it’s easy to forget how many opportunities we have to go support our local musicians.

If You Wanted to go Mural Hunting…

…head to one of downtown’s art museums and galleries. Take in the latest exhibit at The Contemporary Austin – The Jones Center and find your new favorite work of art. While you are at it, a few blocks away you can learn more about Mexican, Latino and Latin American culture and history at the Mexic-Arte Museum. When you are done, check out the West Chelsea Contemporary, formerly the Russell Collection. There are plenty of indoor ways to immerse yourself in the arts when the outdoors just won’t do.

If You Were Exploring Downtown on Foot…

…use this excuse to get more familiar with the Austin Central Library. There, you can check out a good book, find a reading nook, get a drink or snack at the cafe, and stay until the sunshine comes out again. Your visit will be even easier if you take advantage of the on-site parking underneath the building. If there is a break in the showers, be sure to visit the rooftop garden, where you can take in some great views of Lady Bird Lake and the Long Center. Once you settle into this quiet oasis, you may not want to leave.

If You Were Headed to an Outdoor Patio…

…catch up with a friend at your favorite coffee shop or eatery. Order the Campfire S’mores at Halcyon, try a Belgian Bomber and chocolate chip cookie at Jo’s or split a cheese board at Codependent Cocktails + Coffee. The possibilities for amazing food and drinks downtown is nearly endless, so you can have your pick.

A little dreary weather doesn’t have to ruin your plans. There are plenty of ways to spend a rainy day in downtown Austin.

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