A long time ago music is all people talked about when they thought of Austin, Texas. These days that is just the beginning of what people are saying. Austin, Tx is also a great place to visit whether you are interested in museums, outdoor activities, festivals, golf, cycling, hill country, motorsports, ballet, etc. Austin is home to so many cool things that you can do there is NO Way you can do them all in one day. But that is ok. If you can’t fit everything in during your visit, just come back and visit Austin, Tx again. Whether you are just visiting Austin, Tx or actually live here, no Austin experience is complete until you have checked all the boxes.
Some of the Best Things to Do in Austin, Texas
- Visit the Texas State Capital – This is the oldest surviving office building in Austin (completed in 1888) where you will be certain to learn about the history of Texas and the Legislature. At the time it was built it was the 7th largest building in the world. Obviously it lost that ranking however it still remains the 6th tallest state capital building (308 ft tall) in the United States. It’s even taller than U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C.
- Watch the Bats Under the Congress Avenue Bridge at Sunset – Under the Congress Avenue bridge lives the worlds largest urban bat colony. Every summer night over 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats emerge from under the bridge to hunt for food. The Congress Avenue Bats will then eat from 10,000 to 20,000 lbs of insects. Most people stand on the edge or on the perimeter of the bridge to watch them, however you can take bat watching cruises in Ladybird Lake.
- East Austin – If you are looking to learn about some of the Latino culture and history check out east Austin.
- Play in Lady Bird Lake – At one time it was called Town Lake however it was changed to Lady Bird Lake in 2007 to honor Lady Bird Johnson. The view from downtown Austin is amazing and you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, or canoes and float for nearly 6 miles non stop.
- Go to One of the Local Swimming Holes – Austin is all about conservation. There are several cool natural places to swim all within a 30 minute drive or less such as Barton Springs Pool, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Krause Springs, or the Greenbelt
- Check Out a University of Texas Longhorns Football Game – Even if you didn’t go to school at the University of Texas the football games are a lot of fun. On fall Saturdays Austin residents will be obsessed with college football. If you are not able to go to the game then at least check out the tailgate parties happening in and around the UT Campus as those are half the fun.
- Go to an Austin Museum – There are a lot of free museums in/around Austin. This is where you can learn about the culture, history, music, and art. Whether you are single or have a family you will all have a great experience. A few to go to are: Bullock Texas State History, Austin Nature & Science Center, Blanton Museum of Art, George Washington Carver Museum, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, Texas Museum of Science & Technology, Thinkery.
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