Are you looking for an exciting getaway? Or just a fun weekend with friends? Then Austin, Texas is the perfect place to be! With over 250 live music venues, the best street art in the country, and some of the most delicious restaurants around – there’s something for everyone. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring all of the incredible things to do in Austin. So buckle up and let’s get ready to explore!
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, offering plenty of recreational activities and attractions. Covering 351 acres of trees and sprawling green parkland in the heart of Austin, it shelters some of the city’s most beloved attractions such as the Zilker Botanical Gardens and Barton Springs Pool. Visitors can explore the Woodland Faerie Trail, take a train ride, let their four-legged friends roam in the large dog park, and enjoy a playscape for kids. This park is ideal for families who can relax with a picnic or take advantage of the three picnic sites with shelter (reservation sites).
2. Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake is a great way to make the most of your time in Austin. The lush, urban path meanders along the water’s edge and passes by many activities such as swimming, canoeing, fossil-digging at the Austin Nature and Science Center and more. You can also take a 2.5-hour tour around the lake that starts at Barton Springs South Gate and goes around the lake on the 10 miles of well-maintained trails. Along the trail, you’ll get to see some of Austin’s attractions such as Zilker Park, Capital Cruises Kayaks Rentals, Bat Watching Tours, Austin Rowing Dock and more. There’s also a statue of late blues guitarist Steve Ray Vaughan that is worth seeing! Paddle along Lady Bird Lake and get an up close look at the surrounding trails – it’s a great activity for friends or for some solo exploration.
3. Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is the state’s official history museum and a must-see for anyone visiting Austin. With three floors full of interactive exhibits and artifacts, families can explore the rich history of Texas together. The museum also features an IMAX theater with Laser, a 4D special effects theater, café, and a rotating selection of special exhibits. For those looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, the Texas Spirit Theater offers three stages, theater sets and an amazing array of special effects that will leave visitors in awe. After exploring the museum, visitors can extend their educational journey with Viator by booking tours and tickets to this amazing attraction in Austin.
4. Barton Springs Pool
Located in the heart of Austin, Barton Springs Pool is a must-see for any visitor. This huge, spring-fed swimming hole is surrounded by lovely grassy areas and fed by local hot springs to keep the water at a comfortable 68 F (20 C). Splash! is an educational exhibit next to the bathhouse where visitors can learn about the history and wildlife of the pool. There are also fashion shows, nightlife events, classes and workshops held onsite. Barton Springs Pool is federally protected, making it an ideal spot for swimming and lounging in nature.
5. The Driskill
The Driskill is an iconic and historic hotel in the heart of Austin. Built in 1886, this grand building features beautiful Romanesque architecture. After taking in the opulent lobby, visitors can enjoy upscale dinners at the Driskill Grill or take a few steps to experience some of Austin’s best foodie scene, nightlife and live music. The hotel is also just 10 minutes from the Texas State Capitol, making it a great spot for visitors to explore some of the city’s famous attractions and festive events in December and January. For those looking for a more thrilling experience, there is also a ghost tour of haunted locations like The Omni Hotel and William Sidney Porter House.
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