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.
On the edge of Lady Bird Lake, the Long Center for the Performing Arts houses the city's ballet company and symphony orchestra.
Coffeehouse by day and lounge by night, Halcyon stands on the corner of Fourth and Lavaca Streets, at the center of the Warehouse District.
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 spectrum of genres. Past acts have included Kings of Leon, the Zac Brown Band, Kanye West, Coldplay, and Sara Bareilles.
This coffee shop, which now distributes coffee to grocery stores throughout the state, was founded in Austin in 1990 with its “world headquarters” now on trendy South Congress Avenue.
Music-lover's scene. This bar's theme nights include Two-Bit Tuesdays, featuring 25-cent corn dogs and two-dollar premium drafts.
When it isn’t hosting concerts such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a three-day event held each October, Zilker Park is a popular spot for locals to enjoy the outdoors.
The Austin Nature & Science Center, located in Zilker Park, has a range of family friendly activities and hands-on exhibits. While special exhibits sometimes require an entrance fee, the center itself is free (although donations are encouraged).
Insider Clout: For a Caravaggio enthusiast, Watkins enlisted an art historian guide to escort the client to three churches in Rome to admire seminal Caravaggio works, followed by a visit to one of the artist’s former studios, just off the Piazza Fontanella Borghese.
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 the counter.
The Broken Spoke has been around since
A celeb favorite in the hip SoCo area, known for its eclectic and organic stock—denim, chocolates, and more.
The Longbranch Inn, which is not an inn at all but a small dive bar on a corner in gritty but renascent East Austin, is a popular neighborhood bar that caters to regulars and offers a jukebox, single pool table, and plenty of whiskey and Lone Star Beer.
Enjoy the native gardens and plants. The center uses solar power, has a green roof, and offers community outreach programs to restore the environment.