Posted in: Living Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2015

South Congress, Austin Neighborhood Overview

A resort-style pool, a billiards parlor, a 24-hour fitness center—there is no shortage of amenities to enjoy when you rent at The District at SoCo. Venture out on the streets of the surrounding South Congress neighborhood and the fun continues. Here’s a list of things to do in the South Congress Austin neighborhood:

Snack Around the City, Around the World
Lace up your comfortable shoes and get hungry! On this walking food tour of the South Congress neighborhood, foodies can savor the flavors of some of Austin’s best eateries. On the Austin Eats Food Tour, you’ll enjoy treats ranging from wine tastings to juicy burgers to Austin’s best grilled cheese.

For a sit down experience, The Flying Carpet, a Moroccan restaurant, offers more than just your standard international fare. This contemporary, simplified take on classic Moroccan street food offers everything from classic tajines and cous cous to refined desserts such as fresh orange slices topped with fried banana and Moroccan cinnamon. “Food translates,” is the motto of owners Maria and Abderrahim Souktouri, who invite you to savor their mostly organic and locally-sourced fare. This restaurant may not be a trip to Marrakech, but with its reasonable prices and five-star ratings, it might just come close enough.  

Go Outside!
No neighborhood is complete without a quaint little park in which to spend a quiet afternoon. Little Stacy Park is a neighborhood meeting ground with everything you need to unwind and reenergize. Enjoy a stroll around the park, challenge your neighbor to some one-on-one, or take a seat on the swings. Locals praise this spot for its shade-giving trees. Little Stacy Park is a great spot for beating that end-of-summer heat!

Lady Bird Lake is beautiful from the shores of Austin, but to really appreciate its size and power, you’ve got to hop in! With boat rentals from Live Love Paddle, amateur boaters can experience the joy of life on the water. Kayak rentals, available in 15-minute blocks, allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy to the cityscape from the open water. For a more comprehensive experience, join Live Love Paddle on one of their guided tours. Adventurers will enjoy full-day trips down a choice of three different Central Texas rivers. For those seeking a less rugged experience, the 2.5 hour long Urban Kayaking Tour of Austin will do the trick.

Get Spooky!
For those who like a little creepy in their day-to-day, the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge are a must see. Arrive at the Congress Avenue Bridge about a half-hour before sunset and get ready for a show. When the sun goes down, the bat colony that lives under the bridge takes flight, darkening the sky with their spooky black wings. Be sure to bring snacks or good book to read while you wait—sometimes the bats take a bit of time to make their nightly appearance.

Austin’s South Congress neighborhood is an eclectic experience, as diverse and energetic as the city of Austin itself. If you love living close to the action, check out our website for more information about apartment rentals at the District at SoCo.