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Must See Austin Attractions

Austin Attractions

The city of Austin is hands down the most eclectic community in the state of Texas. Located in the center of the state, it straddles the American Southwest as well as the Old South. Arts and culture are both well-represented here, and visitors will find no lack of things to do in Austin - particularly if they love the live music scene. The official slogan of the city of Austin is the Live Music Capitol of the World, and the city boasts more live music venues than any other city in the United States. Recorded live at the Moody Theater, the television show "Austin City Limits" is the oldest-running musical oriented television program in the country. If you're seeking unforgettable Austin activities, attending this program will remain a fond memory for the rest of your life.

Austin has so many music festivals and special celebrations that it's tough to keep track of them. Austin is a great place to be a tourist because no matter what time of year you're visiting, you'll be able to find top quality entertainment options and visit the local spots that have made the city famous. Even if you do not care much for music, you'll find attractions in Austin. For instance, if you are a computer buff, you can include Silicon Hills among your Austin tours.

In order to easily navigate through Austin's city streets, you should contact us here at Expedia to procure a map of the area so that you can plan the route to the places on your must see list of attractions in Austin. We can help you to find the best Austin excursions that will make your time in the city as memorable as possible.

The main challenge to visiting Austin, TX, is deciding which attractions to take in and which ones to leave for a later visit. Most people who visit Austin end up returning at some future point because they simply left so much undone on their prior stay. Here are Expedia, we can help you figure out which Austin activities are the best for you and your traveling companions.

Things to Do in Austin with Kids

There are loads of incredible experiences in Austin that the entire gang will get a buzz out of. These are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.

Free things to do in Austin

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Austin:

Austin Fire Museum - Stroll around and marvel at the fascinating displays and unique collections at this respected museum.

Off Center - This is a non-negotiable stop for culture vultures hoping to add an artistic touch to their break.

Zilker Park - If you're hoping to turn up the fun factor during your break, this is a good place to start.

Barton Springs Pool - Dive in and splash around at this fun-filled attraction.

Austin City Hall - Architecture fan or not, get set to be impressed by this landmark's modernistic design.

O. Henry House Museum - If you want to explore the history of the region through its landmarks, stick this one on your travel schedule.

South Towne Square - Spend some time in this popular location and experience life as a local.

Lady Bird Lake - Spend a while by the water to unwind and replenish your energy.

Austin Public Library - Widely renowned among those who live here, this site is worth visiting.

St. Mary's Cathedral - Whatever your religious leanings, this site will invoke a sense of reverence in you.

Shoal Beach - Bounce rocks across the water, watch the sunset or simply savor the views from the foreshore.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike North End - Bring along your camera and let Mother Nature spark a sense of awe in you.

Wooldridge Square - If you relish digging about the garden, this attraction will fascinate your green thumb.

Explore the Neighborhoods of Austin

Downtown Austin

This happening area is the place to go for the top-quality entertainment, dining and shopping that has made Austin famous.

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East Austin

Noted for its coffeehouses and live music, there's plenty to explore in East Austin. Top attractions like Lady Bird Lake and The Vortex are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Plaza Saltillo Station or Martin Luther King Jr Station to see more of the city.


South Congress

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to South Congress. A stop by Lady Bird Lake or South Congress Avenue might round out your trip.


North Austin

While you're in North Austin, take in top sights like The Domain or McNeil Crossing, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Kramer Station or Howard Station.

Central Austin

Central Austin is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Bass Concert Hall and Texas State Capitol while you're in town.


Rainey Street Historic District

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Rainey Street Historic District. A stop by Lady Bird Lake or Rainey Street might round out your trip.


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