These Austin suburbs are drawing young professionals from the city and beyond — here’s why…
With bike trails, lakes, live music venues, adult sports leagues, and tons of bars and restaurants, there’s always something to do in these popular Austin suburbs. And with quick commutes, they’re also perfect go-tos for young professionals who need to get into — and out of — the city fast.
#1. Bee Cave
Bee Cave is just 20 miles west of Austin and offers incredible shopping, nightlife, and more. The town also offers lots of housing options, from condos and single-family homes to luxe apartment communities with amenities like pools, gyms, and dog parks (you can also find an off-leash dog area in Central Park.) And for people who want to shop locally? Check out Lone Star Farmers Market on Sundays — the market is packed with fresh produce and handmade goods.
#2. Cedar Park
Sports and outdoor enthusiasts love Cedar Park. This Austin suburb is home to the Austin Spurs and Texas Stars — head to H-E-B Center to cheer on both teams. There are also a few boutique fitness studios in town — think Orangetheory Fitness and Pure Barre — but when you want to exercise in the fresh air, head to Brushy Creek Lake Park. In this 90-acre green space, you can walk, hike, fish and kayak.
Cedar Park is also home to some popular restaurants and bars including The Dig Pub, an archeology-themed craft beer spot, as well as Grove Wine Bar which has one of the best patios in town. And with Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Randalls right in town, errands are a breeze.
#3. Round Rock
When Round Rock locals want to unwind after work, they head downtown. Urban Rooftop and The Brass Tap are just a few of the hotspots to grab drinks with friends or listen to live music. Downtown Round Rock also hosts a ton of events throughout the year, like outdoor concerts and wine tastings.
For outdoor fun, there’s Old Settlers Park. This 645-acre park features a bit of everything- a disc golf course, fishing lake, and nature trails. Plus, there are facilities where the adult soccer clubs and sand volleyball leagues meet up.
Rollingwood is a small town just four miles west of downtown Austin. Here you’ll get tree-lined streets and a tight-knit community feel, while still enjoying easy access to the city.
Round Rock is also home to a Trader Joe’s or, with a few minutes’ drive, you can hit the local Randalls. And if you’ve got a four-legged family member? Rollingwood Park is the perfect place to let them play. This park is also home to the BEAT Fitness workout classes, a great way to work up a sweat and meet some new neighbors.
Lake life calling your name? Consider Pflugerville. This suburb is just 20 miles north of Austin and is home to the beautiful Lake Pflugerville. Locals spend their free time fishing from one of the seven piers, swimming, windsurfing, or kayaking. There’s also a three-mile trail circling the lake that is a favorite with joggers.
This town also has a bustling town center and all of the retail options you need, including Home Depot, H-E-B, Target, and Petco. For nightlife, head to The Growler Bar and Kitchen or catch the latest blockbuster at Cinemark.
#6. San Marcos
If you love being outside, you’ll love all of the recreation options in San Marcos. With tons of adult sports leagues, it’s easy to connect with other San Marcos residents — soccer, volleyball, and flag football are just a few of the teams you can join. Plus, the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers flow through town and locals can tube, kayak or paddleboard in the water for free.
You’ll also find tons of apartment communities in town alongside the local Target and H-E-B. If you need a pick-me-up, Summer Moon Coffee is the place for espresso and pastries.
Kyle is conveniently located 20 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio. Not only is this ideal for commuters, but the location gives residents access to a few different airports that makes traveling even easier.
In town, you can meet up with friends at the Plum Creek Golf Course or Lake Kyle Park for catch and release fishing. There’s also Rail House Bar if you’re more in the mood for live music. When you need to run errands, Kyle has all of the stores you’d need (think Target, Lowes, and H-E-B.)
Georgetown offers something for everyone. Blue Hole Park, with its scenic trails and swimming areas, is right in town. There are even a few adult athletic leagues if you want to meet some other active residents.
You can pick up farm-fresh groceries year-round at the Saturday morning farmers market and there are a ton of grocery stores in town to supplement your shopping. For nightlife, locals can head to Barrels & Amps and Hardtails for live music. If you want a more relaxed vibe, meet up with friends to unwind at Kork.
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