Austin Travel Guide
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. The age minimum is usually 18, but select locations have Baby Day on Tuesdays before 2 p.m., when parents can bring their infants.
Catching Austin on a rainy weekend? Head to this indoor center filled with trampolines of all shapes and colors. Some rooms are set up as basketball and dodge ball courts. Best of all, even the most energetic little tikes are guaranteed to tucker out early after a day of jumps and tumbles.
This New York transplant is housed in a wood-paneled house and has a sprawling lawn dotted with vintage furnishings. Settle with a potent Revolution, made with rye whiskey, Benedictine, Ramazotti and Angostura bitters, and an order of piping hot duck fat fries with truffle aoli.
On the edge of Lady Bird Lake, the Long Center for the Performing Arts houses the city's ballet company and symphony orchestra.
A celeb favorite in the hip SoCo area, known for its eclectic and organic stock—denim, chocolates, and more.
Art from South of the Border includes several José Clemente Orozcos and Rufino Tamayos (and a number of other painters of a heroic, postrevolutionary mode), as well as a collection of gorgeous 19th-century earthenware pitchers for serving pulque, a viscous agave beer.
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.
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.
Walking around the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at the University of Texas is a touching experience. For there, among the Disneyfied kitsch (a life-size, moving doll of LBJ telling corny jokes), is a record of achievements that puts today’s politicians to shame.
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.
Enjoy the native gardens and plants. The center uses solar power, has a green roof, and offers community outreach programs to restore the environment.