Car-free errands and adventures are still possible in ‘burbs.
Moving to one of these Austin suburbs with a walkable downtown means you’ll still have the chance to grab dinner or run errands on foot. These towns offer the best of both worlds – the suburban lifestyle you’re looking for plus some of the walkability you’re used to.
#1. Round Rock
With a 73 walk score, downtown Round Rock is a very pedestrian-friendly part of the suburb. Free street parking and a few paid garages are available to make it easier to leave your car behind. Once you’re parked, you’ll be able to walk between restaurants, shops, fitness studios and bars along Main Street. The public library is close by, too. And the Koughan Memorial Water Tower park always gets decked out in lights during the holiday season.
For a pick-me-up, don’t skip Mi Mundo Coffeehouse but if you want something more substantial there’s Palermo Pasta House, Liberty BBQ, and URBAN Eat.Drink, just to name a few highlights. The Brass Tap and The Alcove Cantina are two popular nightlife spots where you can often enjoy live music.
Scoring a 71 walk score means downtown Georgetown is the place for a pedestrian night-on-the-town. There are tons of top-notch restaurants around the Square including favorites like 600 Degrees Pizzeria, Gumbo’s North, and Wildfire. Walk to Roots if you want live music and craft beer or the Grape Creek tasting room if you’re more in the mood for wine.
It’s one of the most charming downtowns in all the Austin suburbs and throughout the year you’ll find a farmers market and holiday festivals here. Downtown Georgetown is also home to the suburb’s main arts and culture venues – like the Palace Theater for Broadway-style shows and the Art Center for gallery exhibitions. The Williamson Museum is a great place to go to learn more about the town’s history.
#3. Dripping Springs
Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs features parking spots and sidewalks so it is possible to spend an afternoon on foot. Mazama Coffee Co is a great place to start. You can pick up some coffee to go or enjoy a slower pace and sip your espresso in the shaded courtyard. There are a few local boutiques within walking distance including Vintage Soul and Starrs on Mercer. And when residents want to grab a drink with friends, Acopon Brewing and The Barbershop are two nearby spots you can walk to.
Downtown Pflugerville is undergoing an incredible revitalization — so expect even more walkability in the next few months and years. But for now, there are sidewalks in place so you can get to a few spots on foot. Hanovers Draught Haus is a beloved downtown spot where you can enjoy BBQ, beer, live music, and even sand volleyball. From there it’s not a far walk to Pflugerville Taco House or Red Rooster’s Pub & Grub.
If you want to stretch your legs even more, downtown is pretty close to the Heritage Trail greenway.
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