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Art & Culture
Boasting almost 190,000 square feet of exhibits, Blanton Museum of Art is one of the country’s largest art museums. Discover nearly 18,000 works of art from different continents and eras, including pieces by world-famous artists like Picasso and Rembrandt.
Texas State Capitol Building
Completed in 1888, a trip to the Texas State Capitol is a must when visiting ATX. Now a National Historic Landmark, the building’s incredible architecture and craftsmanship is unlike any other in the city. Take a tour or stroll the 22-acre grounds.
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
Sitting on the eastern edge of the University of Texas campus, the recently renovated LBJ Presidential Library takes visitors on an honest walk through pivotal events like the JFK assassination and Vietnam War.
The University of Texas at Austin
Known as the heart and soul of the city, the University of Texas is home to more than 50,000 students. Get into the Longhorn spirit by catching a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, visiting the numerous on-site museums, or simply walking the 437-acre campus.
Enjoy Music in Red River Cultural District
Wander through the Red River Cultural District, where you’re sure to find the music that you like. Head to the Mohawk, or enjoy your music with a side of barbecue and beer at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q. If you’re looking for some honky-tonk tunes, The White Horse has it all, with a taco truck outside. Located just moments away from The Driskill, Maggie Mae’s is an iconic spot with a rooftop bar overlooking 6th Street
See Urban Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge
Experience an eccentric Austin tradition and watch the world’s largest group of urban bats take flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge, their haven. Stake out a spot early on and wait for this one-of-a-kind sighting.
Food and Drink Scene
For your BBQ cravings, Franklin Barbecue offers the best of the best; just make sure you’re ready to wait in its lengthy line.
Open since 1964, Broken Spoke is an Austin institution. Come for the fried chicken, Mexican food, and beer; stay for the two-step lessons.
For something different, head to Lustre Pearl, a converted home with a vintage jukebox and a backyard with picnic table seating.
As much as Austin is a city of restaurants and bars, it’s also full of food trucks parked throughout the city. Visitors and locals alike line up and endure long wait times for delectable cuisine—and it's worth it. For some of the best tacos you’ll find in Austin, go to Las Trancas in the East Austin neighborhood. Nearby, La Barbecue is known for being one of the top barbecue spots in the city, with meats, sandwiches, and tasty sides. Just outside of Whisler’s, Thai-Kun serves up something different in this southern city, with dishes like beef panang curry and khao man gai. For Asian fusion fare, East Side King serves tacos with unique flavors. Located right on 6th Street, Kick Drum Burgers serves sustainable meat loaded with homemade sauces, pickles, and locally sourced veggies; don’t forget the fries.
Austin City Limits
Nicknamed ACL, this festival held in Zilker Park offers two weekends of live music, with acts from all genres represented.
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Visitors flock to Austin for its annual food and wine festival, with hundreds of culinary spots offering eclectic—and delectable—food and drink options. More than just a tasting event, Austin Food + Wine Festival also offers attendees the chance to greet notable chefs, watch interactive demos, and attend nightly festival parties with live music and more.
Moontower Comedy Festival
The Moontower Comedy Festival is held at Austin’s Paramount Theatre and welcomes both comedic greats and those on the rise.
South by Southwest®
Alternatively known as SXSW®, this one-of-a-kind interactive festival features live music and panels focused on art, film, and more over the span of 10 days.
Located on the city’s famous Congress Avenue, the Paramount Theatre has been a staple of downtown Austin for more than 100 years. With a rich history of world-famous musicians gracing the stage, this iconic venue hosts more than 250 performances per year.
The original home of blues in Austin, Antone’s has hosted acts like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton. While the venue has since moved from its original location, big-time acts continue to pack large crowds into this cozy club.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
If Austin is the live music capital of the world, then ACL Live at the Moody Theater is the live music capital of Austin. Home to Austin City Limits and host to some of the biggest names in music, there’s always something going on at this world-famous venue.
Listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 best live music venues in the country, Stubb’s offers an intimate outdoor amphitheater in the heart of downtown Austin. Steps from 6th Street, music lovers can keep the party going long after the show ends.
Historic Sixth Street
No trip to Austin is complete without a stroll down the world-famous Sixth Street. Experience some of the city’s top bars, dining, and entertainment venues just steps from the hotel lobby. Grab a drink, enjoy the vibe, and catch some live music in the heart of downtown.
A popular hangout spot for locals, South Congress features bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that ooze character. Don’t forget to walk down to Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset to watch over one million bats ascend into the sky, creating a magical spectacle for all onlookers.
Discover restored homes turned into bungalow bars on Rainey Street. This tucked-away treasure comes alive at all hours of the day and night. In addition to some of the city’s most unique bars, Rainey Street also boasts some incredible food trailers that give restaurants a run for their money.
Austin Convention Center
Located in the center of downtown Austin, the Austin Convention Center boasts more than 880,000 square feet of high-tech meeting space. Blocks from The Driskill, this massive exhibition hall is hosts many conferences, conventions, and other events year-round.
Lady Bird Lake
Experience a lush, green side of Austin on the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail or take to the water by renting a kayak or joining a river cruise. Offering unrivaled views of the city, a visit to Lady Bird Lake is a great way to see the city from all angles.
Zilker Botanical Garden
Explore a lush, peaceful garden retreat tucked away on 26 acres of Austin’s Zilker Metropolitan Park. The Zilker Botanical Garden offers a scenic escape with koi ponds, live oaks, and globally-inspired themed gardens around every corner.
Barton Springs Pool
Looking for a refreshing place to cool off from the hot Texas sun? Look no further than the Barton Springs Pool. With an average temperature of 68 degrees, this natural spring is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy unobstructed views of downtown Austin and the famous Pennybacker Bridge from Mount Bonnell. Climb the 106 stone steps to discover one of the most popular places in Austin to catch the sunset.