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.
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.
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 forget your goggles: Kids can spot tangles of plants and the occasional fish under the water. Free swim, from 9 to 10 p.m., is particularly fun.
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 rockabilly sounds.
At the LBJ Ranch, outside of Johnson City in the Hill Country, where Johnson was born and died, everything is being restored to the way it was during his presidency. After his retirement, he liked to show visitors around himself, like a docent of his own life.
Mount Bonnell, a municipal park located on the western edge of the city above Town Lake, is one of the highest points in the area at 775 feet, making it a popular spot for surveying the surrounding area.
The Broken Spoke has been around since
The student union building of the University of Texas at Austin serves as a hub of activity for the more than 50,000 students enrolled in the school, with meeting spaces, a food court, an underground bowling alley, and the Cactus Café, the bar and music venue where artists including Lyle Lovett b
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.