Things to Do in Austin
Things to do by Area
It's no surprise why so many people (110 per day to be exact!) are making the move to Austin, TX. Its vibrant live music scene, relaxed culture, acclaimed food scene and affinity for the outdoors are just a few of the reasons why locals love where they live.
Each area of Austin offers its own unique vibe and attractions. Explore our attractions by area guides to find out more!
Austin Bucket Lists
With so much to do, it's hard to know where to begin. Of course, every city has its must-do bucket list attractions and activities, and in Austin, that list is constantly growing and changing! For those new to the Austin, we suggest starting with this list of Top Things to Do in Austin for newbies. Seasoned Austinites will find fun ideas in our guides to Top Things to Do in Austin for locals and Austin Day Trips. During the hot summer months, Austinites will definitely want to check out our huge Guide to Austin Swimming Holes. Nature-lovers will enjoy our guide to state parks near Austin.
Arts & Culture
Austin's arts and culture scene is something to be admired. From a state history museum as grand as the state of Texas to its off the beaten path annual art tours in East and West Austin, this city offers something for everyone from the art collector to the culture queen.
Food and Drink
If there's one thing Austinites know well, it's food. Austin boasts award-winning chefs like Paul Qui and Aaron Franklin and is the unofficial capitol of food trailers. If it's Texas barbecue you seek, we've got plenty! Craft beer and local wine? We've got that too! Check out these fantastic foodie events and attractions for Lone Star-sized appetites.
Classic Austin Landmarks & Attractions
Austin is home to some breathtaking landmarks, including the Texas State Capitol and many historic buildings and schools. Grab your camera and head out to these classic Austin landmarks.
Live Music & Festivals
Austin has earned its stripes as the live music capital of the world with its world class music venues, hometown musicians, and vibrant nightlife scene. It is also the birthplace of 2 of the most well-known music festivals in the world, South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits (ACL). Festival season is huge in Austin, with events and celebrations covering a variety of niches and interests, from comic books to country music, happening almost every weekend from March to October. Check it out!
Austin lights up at night as local night owls come out to enjoy live music, craft cocktails, cold beers and late night dining in Austin's many unique entertainment districts. Each offers a unique flavor, from honkey-tonk watering holes to rooftop speakeasys.
Whether they're walking their dogs at Ladybird Lake Trail or beating the Texas heat at one of the many beautiful swimming holes in the area, locals love exploring the outdoors. Adventurers will love trying out new activities like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking while nature-lovers will find their happy place at beautiful sites like Mt Bonnell and Zilker Botanical Gardens.
- Austin Bluebonnet Guide
- Austin Farmer's Markets
- Austin Dog-Friendly
- Austin Country Club
- Austin Homes near Dog Parks
- Austin Duck Tours
- Austin Hike and Bike Trails
- Austin Mountain Bike Trails
- Austin Outdoor Tours
- Austin Zoo
- Barton Creek Country Club
- Barking Springs
- Barton Springs Pool
- Barton Creek Greenbelt
- Deep Eddy Pool
- Discovery Well Cave
- Dog Parks
- Hamilton Pool
- Inner Space Caverns
- Lake Austin
- Lake Austin Spa Resort
- Lady Bird Lake
- McKinney Falls State Park
- Mt Bonnell
- Noorwood Estate Dog Park
- Quarry Splash Pad
- Red Bud Isle
- The Hills of Lakeway Country Club
- Volente Beach Waterpark
- Zilker Botanical Gardens
- Zilker Park
Austin embraces the seasons with several key events through out the year. From Christmas lights to pumpkin patches, Austinites celebrate the holidays and festivities year round. Enjoy the seasons in Austin with these events around town.
- FEBRUARY: Valentine's Date Spots
- JUNE-AUGUST: Best Indoor Activities in Austin
- JUNE-AUGUST: Kids Summer Camps in Austin
- JULY: Where to Watch Fireworks
- OCTOBER: Pumpkin Patches
- OCTOBER: Haunted Houses
- OCTOBER: Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods
- DECEMBER: Christmas Tree Farms
- DECEMBER: Christmas Lights
- DECEMBER: Ice Skating in Austin
- YEAR-ROUND: Staycations
Sports & Fitness
If you're living in Austin, you must know that fall is all about Longhorn football. If football isn't your thing the city is also home to a minor league baseball team, The Round Rock Express, AHL hockey team, Texas Stars, as well as a pro soccer team, basketball team and the always-entertaining Texas Roller Derby teams. If you're more of an athlete than a spectator, be sure to check out one of Austin's many fun runs and marathons as well as its excellent fitness facilities.
Love to shop? Austin shopping malls are conveniently located and offer something for everyone from major department store retailers to high-end boutiques and speciality shops. In North Austin you'll find Lakeline Mall, The Arboretum and The Domain. South Austin shopping options includes Barton Creek Mall and Southpark Meadows. The Village at Westlake covers West Austin shoppers.
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