Austin, the Capital of Texas, is also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World®”. In the evening, the city echoes with the sounds of all types of music. This vibrant and pedestrian friendly cosmopolitan city offers a variety of things for travelers to see and do. Austin, with its lakes and rolling hills, is the gateway to the scenic Texas Hill Country. See some of the many areas you can explore.
A Perfect Austin Weekend: Unique trips are an Austin specialty. When you plan a trip to a city with this much to do, it can be hard to pick and choose. That’s why we asked around and made a list of activities that visitors love and locals can’t get enough of. From stand-up paddle boarding to eclectic restaurants and vintage shopping finds, here’s how to squeeze some of Austin’s very best into just three days.
Ideas for First Timers:
—Is it really a trip to Austin without BBQ? Do yourself a favor and stop in at Terry Black’s BBQ for their melt off the bone beef ribs and brisket! Your tummy will thank you.
—Walk the grounds of our beloved state Capitol which offers free guided tours daily!
—Beat the TX heat with a refreshing dip at Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed swimming spot with grassy hills for sunbathing.
—Take a shopping stroll along the iconic South Congress Avenue, known for its funky stores and chic boutiques.
—Once the sun begins to set, line up on the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the night sky from beneath the bridge, which takes place nightly from spring through fall.
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
—Get your boot scootin’ on at Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk that’s been known as one of the best dancehalls in Texas since opening in 1964. Dust off those boots and join in one of the dance lessons offered Wed.-Sat. nights.
—Take a street art mural tour with Austin Detours!
—Enjoy the picturesque views of Austin’s skyline with a morning jog on the leafy 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which winds along the shimmering waters of Lady Bird Lake.
—Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Congress Avenue Kayaks, SUP ATX or Zilker Park Boat Rentals to explore the glittering waters of Lady Bird Lake, all while getting a body-toning workout.
—Take a scenic drive out to our beloved Hill Country. With more than 50 wineries within a short drive, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect place to uncork a bottle and soak up some breathtaking views.
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