In some cities, it can be difficult to come up with 10 amazing things for anyone to do. But in Austin, it’s harder to narrow that list down to only 10.
The Live Music Capital of the World is known for its rich culture and eclectic activities – there’s so much to do here, we doubt you could do all of it even in a lifetime! Although it was difficult to confine this list, here are 10 of the best things to do while you’re in Austin. Have fun!
1. Austin Eats Food Tour
There’s no better way to get acquainted with Austin than to check out some of its local cuisine, and Austin Eats will get you pretty darn acquainted. Their food tours, which run about four hours, sample six or seven local restaurants and eateries and give you a taste of everything from chef-inspired dishes and the best burger you’ve ever had, to the most delicate sweets. Accommodations can be made for private or corporate tours and tailored to accommodate special dietary needs with prior notice.
Click here to learn more about their tours and how to sign up.
2. Live Music
After all, Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. On any given night, you’d be hard-pressed to find a venue that didn’t have something going on. The city is home to some of the most well-known and diverse venues – Emo’s, Hole in the Wall, The White Horse, The Paramount Theatre, and Stubb’s, to name a few. If you happen to be in the city during one of its major festivals, like SXSW, Austin City Limits, or Reggae Fest, be sure to get a ticket, as Austin festivals are unlike any other and sell out fast.
3. Zilker Botanical Garden
The Zilker Botanical Garden is a 30-acre facility that offers a welcomed sanctuary near busy downtown Austin. The Garden hosts a variety of special events and classes, ranging from their annual spring garden festival to different workshops revolving around gardening and horticulture. The garden is open to the public almost every day of the year, and the admission prices are low. Click here to check out their website for more about hours, admission, and special events.
4. South Congress Avenue or 6th Street – Downtown Hotspots
If you’re looking for the hottest nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques, galleries and other venues, consider visiting South Congress Avenue or 6th Street downtown, which are lovingly known as the hip streets of Austin. For people wanting to experience a less touristy area, great food, and dancing into the night, these are the places to go. It’s pretty much an Austin guarantee that you’ll have fun here.
5. The Wildflower Center
Founded by the former first lady in 1982, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is an important ecological preservation of the native plant species of Texas. The wildflowers and assorted plants of the Wildflower Center are all native to the Central Hill County and South and West Texas. The gardens offer a great variety of landscape, from meadows to courtyards and greenhouses, and it’s easy to spend hours getting lost in the natural beauty.
Click here for more information regarding admission and hours.
6. Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art, nestled within the University of Texas campus in Austin, is a must-see for art aficionados and bored tourists alike. It’s the largest university art museum in the country and home to the largest private collection of master works in the United States. It also has a substantial collection of contemporary Latin-American and modern art. Even the gift shop items look like they belong with the rest of the museum. To learn more about the museum, visit their website.
7. Austin Bats
We know these nocturnal creatures aren’t for everyone, but Austin has the largest urban bat population in the country. Every year, Austin bats migrate to the city and settle under the Congress
Avenue Bridge in downtown. Each night, over one millions bats participate in excursions to rid the city of its pests, and it’s incredible to watch the nightly mass exodus.
Click here to learn more about the Austin bat population at the information kiosk on the south bank of the river.
8. Alamo Drafthouse
When family members or friends or business partners can’t agree on what to do, Alamo Drafthouse comes to the rescue: dinner, a movie, and drinks all in one. At Alamo, you can catch some of the best movies currently showing while drinking and dining to your heart’s content. Unlike conventional movie theaters, Alamo hosts many special events and re-screenings of classics or themed films. There are multiple locations in Austin, so click here to find one near you.
9. Austin Veloway
Sometimes, you just need to skate or bike without fear of getting hit by a car or getting in the way of a jogger. Austin gets that. The Austin Veloway is the first and only trail in the city that’s exclusively dedicated to bicycling, rollerblading, and skateboarding. There’s absolutely no foot or motorized traffic allowed on this 3.1-mile paved loop, which is why cycling and skate enthusiasts find it so enjoyable. The history of the Veloway is somewhat controversial; click here to learn more.
10. Inner Space Cavern
Hidden for over 10,000 years, the Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas. They were discovered in 1963 during a drilling operation by the Texas Highway department. After drilling through 40 feet of solid limestone, the drill bit broke into the caves. The caves are astoundingly beautiful, and the other-worldly limestone formations are unlike anything seen above ground. Inner Space offers a variety of tours, from the standard walking tour that follows a path to a rugged, four-hour tour that’s more physically demanding.
Click here for information about tours, dates, and prices.
What are YOUR favorite things to do in Austin? Tell us in the comments below.
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