Austin Travel Guide
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.
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.
The Harry Ransom Center, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, has an enormous collection of literary manuscripts — more than 36 million pages — spanning the history of Western civilization.
This noteworthy newcomer is outfitted with traditional Chippendale furniture.
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.