Things to do in Austin When Your Flight is Delayed

Nobody enjoys a delayed flight, especially weary travelers excited to head home and reunite with their loved ones. However, if you happen to get stuck at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, there are more than a few ways to rid yourself of those layover blues. Here are a few of them.

Play a Few Rounds
For golfers, there is no better way to kill a little downtime than by hitting the links. Fortunately for avid putters, ABIA is a mere fifteen minutes from the Riverside Golf Course. It might not be an Arnold Palmer signature course, but walk-ins are welcome and hungry swingers can grab a bite at the Tin Cup Grill. Golfers of the disc-based variety are also a short trip from the MetCenter Disc Golf Course.

Take a Hike
Are you and the kids feeling cooped up at the airport? If you have access to a vehicle, you can enjoy some of the lovely scenery Austin has to offer. The lovely flowing waters and light hiking trails of McKinney Falls State Park offer respite from the sterile confines of your travel hub. Plus, it's only fourteen minutes away, so you won't have to worry about making it back in time. Admissions are $6 for adults and kids under 12 are free.

Catch an Event or a Concert
Perhaps your travels aren't going as ideally as you'd desire. You're on your way to a fantastic vacation destination or heading home after a long business trip, but your flight is pushed back for hours. Check out the happenings at the nearby Circuit of the Americas. Far more than racing, the venue hosts live music and fascinating events all year round. You might even find a way to escape the ticking of the clock.

Grab an Ice-Cold Craft Brew
A short layover certainly leaves time for a five-minute drive. The brewmasters at Live Oak Brewery craft up an effervescent batch of lagers, pilsners, and IPAs, as well as a fantastic selection of exciting seasonal brews. If you're worried about driving a car to and from the bar, fortunately, you're within a very short and inexpensive cab and ride-share distance from the brew pub.

Taste the Flavor of Texas
In all honesty, Austin-Bergstrom isn't far from a variety of charming comestibles. However, if you're laid-over in Austin and carnivorous, you'd be remiss not to sample the finger-licking local barbecue. Say you've only got a couple of hours before your flight leaves. Instead of scurrying from the airport, you can sample the wares at the Salt Lick in-house. On the other hand, if you're stuck in town indefinitely, cruise over to Ironwood Icehouse for a cool beverage and some succulent brisket.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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