It’s no surprise that Austin is home to so many great photo spots — with its unique architecture, beautiful parks, and vibrant personality, the capital of Texas has a lot to offer. With that said, we know it’s a little hard to choose from so many great options. If you’re feeling a little stumped, look no further — we’ve narrowed it down for you.
1. Hyde Park
Known for its cozy bungalows, Victorian architecture, and charming small businesses, Hyde Park is a great place to stroll around and snap some photos. You’d be hard-pressed not to find your dream home or a random, old-time grocery store nestled in a row of houses (we’re looking at you, Avenue B Grocery & Market).
2. North Loop
Consider this to be North Austin’s answer to SoCo. Here, you’ll find vintage boutiques, record stores, coffee shops, and unique eateries that rival some of the stuff down south. North Loop is a surefire way to capture all of that Austin quirk without the trouble of finding a decent parking spot.
Full of historic homes, mom-and-pop shops, and great restaurants, Clarksville will definitely inject some good old Americana into your shots. Marvel at the beautiful houses, grab some coffee at Caffe Medici, or share a milkshake at Nau’s Enfield Drug while the camera snaps away.
4. Secret Beach
Sure, the Secret Beach isn’t so much of a secret anymore, but there’s still a lot to explore if you’re willing to do some trekking! Beyond the beach, you’ll find quiet, grassy areas along the water, as well as some gorgeous wooded area. Combine that with the light of magic hour, and you’ve got yourself some amazing photos.
5. Mayfield Park
Peaceful, quiet, and meditative, Mayfield Park is home to lily ponds, walking trails, and a whole lot of peacocks. A great idea for those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown.
6. South Congress
A tried-and-true favorite, SoCo features an array of eclectic shops, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. It’s home to recognizable spots such as the “I Love You So Much” wall and Hotel San Jose, and has an unbeatable view of the Capitol and the rest of downtown. If you’re looking for an Austin-centric shoot, this is your best bet.
It’s no surprise that you’ll find a variety of interesting art, colors, textures, and architecture to experiment with for a downtown shoot. Whether you’re walking along 6th Street, marveling at the Blue Tile Wall on 5th and Sabine, or wandering into a nondescript alleyway (seriously), your options are endless. Just pick a starting point and work your way through!
8. Hope Outdoor Gallery
Also known as Castle Hill Graffiti Park, the ever-changing Hope Outdoor Gallery is sure to tickle the fancy of any street art enthusiast. Bring a good pair of shoes, and be prepared to climb a bit if you want to nab a great view of downtown Austin, too!
9. Town Lake
With ten miles of hiking trails, a clear view of downtown, and a beautiful body of water to boot, Lady Bird Lake is a perfect combination of city and nature. Just a stone’s throw away is Auditorium Shores, which has ample open space for playing catch or lying around in the sun. Don’t forget about the Long Center and Palmer Events Center — their open plazas and fun architecture make for awesome backdrops.
10. Zilker Park
Zilker Park serves as the backdrop to a number of fun events and festivals due to its wide, open spaces. Just a short walk away is Barton Springs and other gorgeous greenery!
11. Mt. Bonnell
It’s a bit of a climb, but the view is certainly worth it.
12. 360 Bridge + Overlook
Another amazing view that’s definitely worth the climb — and that’s not the only thing the overlook has to offer. Trek through some of the weeds, and you’ll find some secluded greenery that’s perfect for a shoot.
13. Zilker Botanical Garden
With a variety of featured gardens (Cactus and Succulent, Hartman Prehistoric, Herb and Fragrance, Isamu Taniguchi Oriental, etc.) and interesting architecture, Zilker Botanical Garden definitely won’t disappoint.
14. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Unlike the Zilker Botanical Garden, the Wildflower Center is home to a number of plants native to central Texas. Walk around hand-in-hand, admiring all of the natural beauty that good ol’ Texas has to offer.