Two years ago 158 people were moving to Austin, Texas per day, a figure compiled at the time by Mark Sprague, an Austin-based economist. Lately I've been reading that the number is closer to 200 per day. So if you're one of those, or you think you may be, here are a few things to think about doing when you get here. You will find different lists of things to do, and honestly, it's pretty random:
1) Bat Watching. No. Not bird watching. Bat Watching. Under downtown's Ann W. Richards Congress Street bridge lurk about one million bats. Seriously. Not a made up number. Google it. In March and April around dusk people gather near the bridge to see swarms of these things fly off on their mosquito hunting rampage. You can imagine, because of their zest for mosquitos, how much Austinites love their bats.
If you love hiking and the pleasant scent of bat guano, take a walk along the Colorado river on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike trail, and be sure to walk under the Congress Street bridge. Breathe deep and enjoy the expelled remnants of the previous night's dinner from a million or so bats.
2) Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival - It's not just a PBS show. There's a big music festival in Zilker Park, which is a bit like if you put Manhattan's Central Park into an Indian clay oven. Luckily, ACL is in autumn, so the weather is pretty nice.
4) Barton Springs Pool - Grab your swim wear and jump into the springs fed pool near Zilker Park. The water temp averages about 70 degrees, but it's a great place to see and be seen, especially if you don't mind being seen with goosebumps or seeing guys with inappropriate speedos.
5) Fredericksburg: Somebody dropped off a bunch of Germans into a town just a short day trip away, and they never left. Lots of antiques and that quaint look and feel that draws tourists. Rent a little B&B and you can enjoy Octoberfest without having to say "Dude, where's my car?" or blowing into a breathalyzer.
If you're coming to Austin as part of the deluge of information technology workers, though, don't worry. You won't have time to do any of this stuff. You'll just be working, and occasionally joining your co-workers on little work-life balance field trips.
Chuck White is a co-founder of https://createamixer.com/