Saturday, July 16, 2016

Top 5 Austin Photo Ops

One of the most unique things about visiting or living in Austin, is all of the wonderful photo ops. From the Hope Outdoor Gallery, to the bats under Congress Bridge, we’ve complied a list of the Top 5 Austin Photo Ops eveyone needs to know about. 


1. I Love You So Much -  Jo’s Coffee is a local institution, with three locations. However, this particular photo op is located on the side of their South Congress building at 1300 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78704. The story behind this famous graffiti is a romantic one. The story has it, that back in 2010 musician Amy Cook took a can of red spray paint to the green Jo’s Coffee wall to brighten the spirit of her partner Liz Lambert, who was having a less than stellar day. From then on, it’s been a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike looking for a perfect obligatory Austin photo op.

2. Hope Outdoor Gallery - Being one of the largest outdoor galleries in the US, Hope Outdoor Gallery is a three story educational art project, located at 1101 Baylor Street in Austin. This amazing project launched in March 2011. If you’re looking for an ever changing photo op, this one is for you! There are several artists who bring their own personal touch to the cement walls of the Hope Outdoor Gallery, so there’s always something new to see and photograph at this photo top Austin photo op. 

3. The Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge –  This is one of Austin’s most  unique tourist attractions, as well as one of the most lively to say the least.  During the summer, the 1.5 million bats that live under the Congress Bridge comprise the largest urban bat colony in North America. At dusk, these Mexican free-tailed bats fill the summer night sky in unison looking for their first meal of the night, eating between 10,000 and 20,000 pounds of insects a night. Bat Conservation International (batcon.org) work around the world to educate and protect bats of all kinds, in efforts to help this endangered animal.


4. "Greetings From Austin" Postcard Mural - With everyone having self funds these days, physical postcards are rarely sent. That's why this mural was so great for out-of-town visitors to stop by while in Austin. This mural, located at 1720 S. 1st St., is the perfect place to take a cute picture for your Facebook or Instagram. 

5. Austin Museum of the Weird - This last one is a personal favorite in Austin that I've recently discovered. Since they're located at 412 E. 6th Street, in the middle of all things touristy, it's the perfect place to visit for a cool experience and photo op downtown. And don't forget to take an awesome photo with King Kong himself while you're there.



 

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