These days, everyone is talking about Austin. The capital of Texas is getting press and praise from all around the world for the city’s amazing music scene, entrepreneurial spirit, and artistic vibe.
The city boasts several music festivals, including the world-famous multimedia conference South By Southwest and the Austin City Limits Festival, weekly farmer’s markets, art walks, and every variety of physical activity, including biking, kayaking, hiking, and swimming.
Whether you are traveling to Austin to hear world-class music, enjoy the progressive culinary offerings, or to experience the one-of-a-kind culture first hand, the capital of Texas won’t let you down.
There is so much to do and see in Austin that it’s helpful to get an idea of what the city offers before you arrive. Here are 10 things to do in Austin, TX:
Go see some music.
A trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” wouldn’t be complete without taking in a show or two. Austin institutions Antone’s and The Continental Club are a great place to catch some blues or honky tonk, check out The Elephant Room for some live jazz, or try out your Texas two-stepping moves at the Broken Spoke.
Visit a museum.
Austin is known as a hub for creativity, and the museums prove it! Art museums and galleries like the Blanton and the Arthouse at the Jones Center showcase world-renowned works of art. Or learn more about Texas history at The Bob Bullock Museum.
Take a dip.
The warm weather in Austin means that the swimming season is extra long. When the Texas heat gets too intense, locals and visitors alike flock to Barton Springs, a natural spring-fed swimming hole that stretches 3 acres.
Visit Esther’s Follies.
The Follies are a well-loved Austin performance troupe that specializes in a hybrid of comedy, music, and magic. On any given night you’ll be treated to everything from political satire to musical production numbers, and you’ll be laughing the whole way.
Watch the bats.
The Congress Avenue bridge is home to over 1.5 million bats, making it the largest bat colony in all of North America. Every night stretching from April to November, the bats fly out around dusk to search for their dinner.
Climb Mt. Bonnell.
You don’t need to be a serious hiker to get to the best view in town. This little hike is merely climbing a long staircase, and you’ll agree that a sunset view of Lake Travis will be more than worth it!
Feast on Texas BBQ.
Austin has plenty of great food, but be sure to enjoy some of those famous ribs. Franklin Barbecue is a local favorite, or take a drive out in the Hill Country and discover the beautiful scenery and unforgettable flavor of The Salt Lick.
Party on Sixth.
If you’re looking for lively nightlife, you don’t need to go any further than Austin’s famed Sixth Street. On a weekend nights, Sixth is so rowdy and filled with music that it rivals the bars and clubs.
Catch a movie.
Austin is a great place for movie lovers. The Alamo Drafthouse serves a full food menu, including beer and spirits, for viewers to enjoy while watching the newest releases and cinephile classics. On the other hand, the historic Paramount Theater is almost one hundred years old, and screens films, hosts children’s shows, and features comedy performances.
See a University of Texas football game.
If you were a fan of “Friday Night Lights”, than you already know how serious Texans are about their football. If you visit Austin during football season, make sure to catch a UT Longhorns game.
Whatever you plan to do on your Austin adventure, be sure to consider the weather. Austin is known for its long, hot summers, and high temperatures can begin as early as April or May and last well into the fall. The area is also prone to torrential rainfall and dramatic lightning, so be sure to check the weather before you arrive.
Austin is a great place to experience the Lone Star state. Whether you come for the culture, the history, or the beautiful landscape, you are sure to leave with a smile!