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Things to do in Austin

When deciding what things to do in Austin, always go the live music route. Mohawk, located in downtown Austin, right on 10th and Red River, is consistently voted one of Austin’s best live music venues. It offers an eclectic variety of bands and artists at any time of year. East Side Showroom has a low-key vibe, perfect for relaxing and sipping on a beer or cocktail in Austin’s East Side neighborhood. It has live music on the weekends and also showcases local visual artists. For some history and sightseeing, the Texas State Capitol is the largest capitol in the US and offers guided tours and the option to stroll the grounds as well.

The Texas Memorial Museum houses one of the biggest dinosaur-finds ever, and many other wild and weird natural history discoveries. If you’re not afraid of creepy-crawlies, the bat colony under Congress Bridge is the largest urban colony in North America. Many people gather during the summer to watch the horde take off at sunset every night to forage for food- an eerie but exciting sight. Zilker Park is 350 acres of greenery, with hiking and biking trails along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It also provides access to Barton Springs- the famous natural swimming pool.

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  • 1100 Congress Ave.

    Texans’ love of all things big extends to its capitol building, which dominates the Austin skyline and is visible for miles driving up South Congre... More
  • 219 West

    Music-lover's scene. This bar's theme nights include Two-Bit Tuesdays, featuring 25-cent corn dogs and two-dollar premium drafts. More
  • Alamo Drafthouse

    The Alamo isn’t your average movie theater. Along with blockbuster hits, they play  oldies and indies, and serve food and drinks during the show. T... More
  • Alien Scooters

    The shop rents environmentally friendly electric scooters and e-bikes. More
  • Amy's Ice Cream

    With 13 locations in the Austin area, this little ice cream dominates the local market. The day’s 15 flavors are displayed on a chalk board above ... More
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day event held every October in Zilker Park with more than 100 artists covering a wide spe... More
  • Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

    An Art Deco house set on 12 waterfront acres, featuring a rotating collection. More
  • Austin Nature & Science Center

    The Austin Nature & Science Center, located in Zilker Park, has a range of family friendly activities and hands-on exhibits. While special exhib... More
  • Barton Springs Pool

    Three-acre watering hole has lifeguards and diving boards just like a swimming pool, but its 68-degree waters are fed by underground springs. Don’t... More
  • Bicycle Sports Shop

    Bicycle Sports Shop, with three locations in the Austin area including the flagship near Zilker Park and Barton Springs, caters to the needs of A... More
  • Broken Spoke

    The Broken Spoke has been around since 1964, when this classic honkytonk was on Austin’s rough-and-tumble outskirts. While strip mall development... More
  • Callahan's General Store

    Callahan’s General Store is a throwback to a time when shopping options were more limited for Texans. Its offerings include just about anything a... More
  • Club De Ville

    Club De Ville is one of the oldest music venues in Austin, and is a mainstay of the Texas capital's Red River District. While it has a small indoor... More
  • Continental Club, Austin

    Music strikes a note in Austin, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” so dance your way to this bar for blues, country rock, and rockabil... More
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