Austin – Things to do

Austin Attractions

Known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, the streets of Austin are brimming with live music venues and vibrant bars, however Texas’ state capital has plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure such as kayaking along Lady Bird Lake or hiking through the picturesque Texas Hills Country, want to experience the diverse dining options such as the newly opened food hall, Foreground at one eleven, are after fast paced thrills at the Circuits of the Americas, or want to embrace Texas’ cowboy heritage at Rodeo Austin, you’ll not be short of things to see and do. Experience of the city’s world famous festivals such as SXSW in March, Austin City Limits in October or the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in November. No matter when you choose to visit Austin you will be certain to find something going on.

Greetings from Austin mural

Austin Murals

Austin is well known for its spirit of creativity which is expressed in the many fabulous art galleries, exhibits and live music venues, however one of the city’s most obvious examples of this free flowing artistic verve are the many wonderful murals. Have your photo taken in front of the Greetings from Austin mural at the corner of South First and Annie Street or send a message to your loved one at You’re my Butter Half at East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Alamo Street.

Downtown Austin

Entertainment Districts

Austin offers visitors six diverse entertainment districts to explore. Downtown is where you will find a thriving arts scene, galleries and museums along with a host of shopping, dining and lively bars. Head East to discover one of Austin’s most eclectic and fastest growing communities, rich with boutiques and pop-up restaurants. Take a stroll along historic Rainey Street and stop off at the unique bars which have made their home in former houses. It promises a night out unlike any other. Visit some of Austin’s hottest stages in Red River, this area is dripping with bars, nightclubs and concert venues. Sixth Street is renowned for its lively bars, restaurants and entertainment venues and is bursting with local character and funky South Congress with its homespun character is perfect for dipping in and out of local boutiques and eateries.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum


As you explore Texas’ capital city you’ll find no shortage of history or legend, from the impressive architecture and monuments to the fascinating museums. Discover the story of Texas at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in the heart of Downtown Austin, uncover the cultural archives at the Harry Ransom Center, take a tour of the Texas State Capitol and foster a meaningful understanding of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano and other Latino cultures at the Mexican American Cultural Center.

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South Congress Bat Bridge

Outdoors adventure

With 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder that Austin has such a love of outdoor activities. From the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in the heart of the city which offers 10 miles of off-road trail set among lush scenery and with the city skyline as a back drop to stand-up paddle boarding and sailing. You can even try your hand at stand-up paddle-board yoga. Cool off in the natural spring-fed Barton Springs Pool. Learn about the city on a guided Segway tour or watch it drift past on a boat cruise along Lake Austin and be sure to head to Congress Avenue Bridge as dusk falls to see the bats start their nightly flight from late spring to early autumn.

Circuit of the Americas

Head to the Circuit of the Americas for some motorsports thrills, this world-class circuit is home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Pirelli World Challenge, Lone Star Le Mans and Austin MotoGP™ Championship. You can also take a walking tour of the Grand Plaza, Austin360 Amphitheatre and the Tower on weekends.

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UT Darrell K Royal TX Memorial Stadium


If you are up for a little sport action you’ll be spoiled for choice in Austin. Whether it’s the familiar like watching a rugby game at Huns Field, quintessentially American like baseball at Dell Diamond, or joining a tailgate party at the UT Austin Campus before a Texas Longhorns American Football game. Why not try something a bit different and head to the Texas Roller Derby or experience an Austin Sol’s professional ultimate Frisbee game.