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What to Do in Austin: Must See Attractions

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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

Austin is a superb destination for a family escape. Take the kids along and enjoy these family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Austin

There's no need to run your credit card hot in Austin. The following won't cost a penny.

Austin Fire Museum - Round up the whole family and set out on an intriguing adventure through history with one another.

Off Center - Spend some time here and enjoy an insight into the artistic and cultural side of the region.

Zilker Park - If you're hoping to ramp up the fun factor on your break, this is a great place to do it.

Barton Springs Pool - Put on your swimsuit and do some laps at this fun swimming spot.

Austin City Hall - Pay a visit to this landmark and enjoy its design.

O. Henry House Museum - Get ready to feel like you've traveled back in time while wandering around this historic site.

South Towne Square - Rub shoulders with the locals and discover the real personality and spirit of this fascinating place.

Lady Bird Lake - Close your eyes and draw a deep breath — nothing beats being near the water for some peace and relaxation.

Austin Public Library - Plan a visit and find out the importance of this place to the locals.

St. Mary's Cathedral - Whatever your beliefs, this place will invoke a sense of reverence.

Shoal Beach - Inhale the fresh ocean air and watch the waves hit the shore at this stunning coastal spot.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike North End - Unwind and let the natural surroundings here revitalize your mind.

Wooldridge Square - Whether you can tell your bamboo from begonias, it's easy to find beauty in this picturesque display.

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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South Congress

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

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Franklin Park

A resident population of university students and multicultural communities enliven this southern Austin neighborhood, which borders the city’s green parkland.

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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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Zilker

While visiting Zilker, you might make a stop by sights like Lady Bird Lake and Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Hyde Park

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Hyde Park. You might want to make time for a stop at Elisabet Ney Museum or Hyde Park Theatre.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Austin on a rainy day?

There's no need to splash your way through a damp day when there are loads of fun indoor activities like these on offer:

What should I not miss in Austin?

Don't venture home without crossing off the following superb attractions:

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas State Capitol
  • Zilker Park
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Are there cheap things to do in Austin?

What can you do in Austin for free?

Your time away in Austin needn't send you broke with free things like these to keep you on the go:

  • Texas State Capitol
  • Zilker Park
  • University of Texas Tower
  • Governor's Mansion