As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Austin has something for everyone. A pinch of southern hospitality mixed into a bustling metropolis make this the perfect destination for a taste of both the Wild West and trendy attractions.
Expect to find several opportunities to swim or engage in outdoor sightseeing with Austin’s often temperate climate. Make a splash with a visit to Barton Springs Pool, a natural springs-filled outdoor swimming pool. If you’re interested in kayaking with a one-of-a-kind view, book a tour at Congress Avenue Bridge. From March to early autumn, nearly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats residing under the bridge emerge at dusk and fly across Lady Bird Lake. If you’d prefer an outdoor activity that allows you to explore art, visit The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum, home to Charles Umlauf’s largest collection of works. Enjoy nature and art simultaneously with indoor and outdoor exhibitions at one of the most picturesque settings in Austin.
Of course, if you prefer indoor sightseeing, there are plenty of excellent museums to visit. Explore the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the largest university art museums in the United States. Recognized for its modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to view this eclectic collection. Once the sun sets, consider filling your evening with honky tonk! There’s nowhere like Austin to master the two-step and listen to live country music. Stop by any local music venue and check out their schedule for their next two-step night. Of course, you can’t leave Austin without making time—and room—for a little bit of food tourism. From chicken-fried steak to some of the best Tex-Mex food around, get ready to send all of your senses on a trip of their own, right at the table.
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Things to do in Austin.
- Barton Springs Pool
- Congress Avenue Bridge
- Mount Bonnell
- Circuit of the Americas
- Moody Theater
- Sixth Street entertainment district
- Blanton Museum of Art
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
- UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum