Yes, I am in Austin for work, but, if there’s anything I’m good at, it’s making a work trip into a fun trip. Which is why I decided to do a Friday Night Lights driving tour of Austin.
I only started watching Friday Night Lights in May and I have to say I am an idiot for waiting so long. It is seriously one of the best shows EVER on television. If you haven’t watched it you must go watch it now (it’s streaming on Netflix) and, if you have watched it, you must go read this now. The fact that this show is no longer on the air is an American tragedy. Seriously.
Anyway after some hurried planning (many thanks to here, here, here, and here) I set out to see eleven different sites. (You can check out my Google map of the tour here and I’ve listed all the addresses below.)
First up, the Panthers’ field.
It’s actually at the Pflugerville High School Stadium and the crappy part about it is that it’s closed off to the public.
But still cool. (1301 Pecan St. W. Pflugerville, TX 78660)
Next, Tim Riggins’ land. I can’t remember if he buys the land in season 4 or season 5, but since Tim is one of my favorite characters I wanted to make sure I paid a visit.
After a long drive down a narrow, windy road, I don’t think I ended up at the right spot. Tim’s land was much more open looking. This was covered in trees. Looking at the map again I think I needed to drive a while more down Burleson Manor Rd.. Oh well.
(7252 (or farther down) Burleson Manor Rd. Manor, TX 78653)
Third was the Panther Field House.
I don’t really know what I was supposed to find here, but that’s the only trace of the Panthers that I found. It’s supposed to be an abandoned field that they used, but really it just looked abandoned. I guess they haven’t used it in a while. Still nice to see though. And probably the oddest located place I went. (Flow Ln. and Del Valle St. Austin, TX 78617)
(Ed. to add: I ended up going back to the next day since when I got back to the hotel and looked at Google Maps I realized I didn’t go far enough south. I’ve updated the address above and here are some better pictures…)
Fourth was Garrity Motors which is actually a Chevy Dealership. It’s supposed to be on the service road of I-35 but my GPS couldn’t find it. So I didn’t go, but good luck to anyone who wants to see it. (6328 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Austin TX, 78745)
Fifth (after a few wrong ways trying to find Garrity Motors) was Ray’s BBQ.
I don’t think this is what it looked like on the show, but still fun. (6302 Monsanto Dr. Austin, TX 78741)
Next was the East Dillon Practice Field.
Is what it is. (2271 Riverview St. Austin, TX 78702)
My next stop was Matt Saracen’s house, but that was stupid because I drove past Vince’s house on my way there and then had to drive back to Vince’s house. So next stop should be Vince’s house.
If you watch the show you know that Vince is supposed to live in the ghetto, but I thought this was a perfectly fine neighborhood. (2681 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702)
After that the next stop should be Matt Saracen’s house. All of the numbers I had listed for the houses were wrong which at first made me think I was in the wrong place, but after driving up and down the roads I realized the houses were there, just with a different number.
I was sad the Saracen #7 sigh wasn’t outside :( (3009 Kuhlman Ave. Austin, TX 78702)
Next came the Alamo Freeze.
Yes, it’s actually a Dairy Queen and yes, I got a blizzard. The inside is nothing like the Alamo Freeze, fyi. (5900 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78723)
Finally, my two favorite stops.
The Riggins’ house!
Much nicer than when Tim and Billy were living there :) (2604 Lehigh Dr. Austin, TX 78723)
Finally, the Taylor House.
Can’t you just see the team working out on coach’s lawn? Or Eric and Tammi leaving with Gracie Belle? (6805 De Paul Cove, Austin TX 78723)
So those are the 10 stops I made. If you are in Austin and you’re a fan of Friday Night Lights I highly recommend checking out some of the places. Many of them are located in the same general area. And, even if you go to all of them, it’s not that long. It took me about 4 hours all together.
And I’ll end with clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose and Texas forever.