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Top 10 Things to Do in Austin, Texas

August 24, 2022/3 minutes reading

Austin, Texas is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the United States. Here is the list of top ten things to do when you are in Austin:

Visit Zilker Park

One of the great things about visiting Austin is Zilker Park, located right in the city's heart. The park offers something for everyone, including a beautiful walking trail, a wide variety of trees, and facilities for picnics and outdoor activities. It's a great place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Nearby, you can take a boat out on Lady Bird Lake, and visit the sculpture garden or the botanical gardens. There is also a theater where you can watch concerts and other events. If you want to get active, you can play tennis or volleyball in the park. During the summer, there is a free movie screening every Friday. People come from all over the city to have a great time at Zilker Park.

People playing in Zilker Park with the Austin city skyline in the distance.

Go to a live music event

Music lovers will enjoy a trip to Austin, as the city is known for its music scene. There is something for everyone here, from alternative rock to country music and everything in between. Some of the more popular venues include the Moody Theater, Emo's, Empire Control Room and Garage, The Farout Lounge, Sahara Lounge, and the Saxon Pub. Local artists often perform at smaller venues throughout the city and are never hard to find. Music fans should be sure to check the venue's calendar for upcoming events before visiting the city.

An indoor music event with people enjoying the show while the band plays.

Take a tour of the Texas State Capital

The Texas State Capitol is a beautiful building that attracts visitors from all over the world. There are several tours of the building available daily throughout the year, and you can learn about the rich history of the state of Texas while touring this historic landmark.

The capitol building of Texas with beautiful symmetry and architecture.

Explore the Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art is the largest fine arts museum in the state of Texas and contains an extensive collection of art from around the world. The museum features paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and more by some of the greatest artists throughout history. Whether you are an art enthusiast or you are just looking for something fun to do while you are in Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is a must-see!

Beautiful architecture outside the Blanton Musuem of Art.

The Driskill Hotel

This place is stunning! If you have ever wanted to feel like a movie star for the day, this is your place. While staying in this beautiful hotel you’ll enjoy excellent meals and be living a life of luxury for as many days as you can afford.

The exterior of the Driskell hotel with an antique car parked outside.

South Congress Cafe

This is a popular place for both tourists and locals. It is on South Congress and is famous for its quirky décor and delicious food. It's recommended to try the breakfast tacos and the cinnamon rolls! They are so delicious that they sell out quickly so you need to get there early if you want to get anything to eat!

South Congress Avenue with the Capitol of Texas in the distance.

The Long Center

This is a large venue with a variety of shows going on every day. It has a smaller venue as well where you can see more intimate performances. There is plenty of parking and it is easy to get to from anywhere in the city. This place is highly recommended if you like music or just enjoy entertaining shows.

The Long Center in the evening time with a stormy cloud above it.

Barton Springs Pool

This is an incredible swimming hole in the middle of downtown Austin. It is very relaxing and a great place to enjoy the weather when the weather is nice. Many people come here during the summer to swim and relax in this beautiful natural setting. Even in the winter, it is enjoyable thanks to the warm water that comes from underground springs in the area. This is a good place to visit any time of the year but make sure to visit when the weather is nice so you can get the full experience!

A crowd of people enjoying the sun and water at Barton Springs Pool.


South X South West is a festival that takes place every year in Austin at the end of March/beginning of April. It is one of the largest music festivals in the world and lasts for ten days. It is a great time to visit the city if you want to see some big-name acts play live. Even if you aren’t a big fan of the music it is definitely worth checking out because the festival includes many interactive exhibits and other cultural events in addition to the music. It’s a great time if you are looking for something to do during the week and you don’t have to like music to have a good time.

A panel of speakers at the 2018 south by south west showcase.

The Greenbelt

This is a large park with many different trails and paths for you to enjoy a hike or some casual walking while enjoying nature. The park offers many different types of wildlife and plants which makes it a great place for people interested in ecology and wildlife to study and explore. If you are in town and want to spend some time outside hiking or just want to spend some time in nature this is a great place to go!

Austin, Texas is a very special place on the planet and you are sure to discover exciting adventurers during your stay!

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