Release your inner artist, writer or poet by heading toward the University of Texas at Austin and exploring the Blanton Museum of Art or the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History. You’ll also find tons or galleries, locally owned shops and inexpensive eats nearby.
If you happen to visit during the long, sizzling summer, cool off in the refreshing waters of Barton Spring, Big Stacy Pool or Deep Eddie, all spring-fed pools. Join the locals and try some stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or even jet skiing!
When the sun goes down in Austin, the day is just getting started. Catch a catnap in your Austin accommodation and then get ready for some fun. You can find live music all over the city any night of the week.
Your live music serenade starts the minute you get off the plane at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), located just 10 km from the heart of Austin. Yes, the airport has live performers! Once you’re done getting your jam on, you’ll find plenty of taxis outside to drive you to Austin hotels. If you plan to stay in downtown Austin, you get around using the inexpensive Capital Metro public bus network or the Metrorail. If your holiday plans take you off into the Texas sunset, you may want to hire a loyal steed…er, car…from Wotif, of course!
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With over 250 live music venues, it’s safe to say you’ll find a band you’ll like in Austin. Every year, the South By Southwest Festival brings thousands of bands and artists (as well as conferences and film screenings) to Austin’s streets. There are plenty of other festivals in Austin too, dedicated to electronica, reggae... even one that combines rock and blues music with with crawfish-eating. Head out any night of the week and Austin’s bars, cafes, halls and venues will have tunes for you, including rock, blues, jazz and country.
During the daytime, visit the Bullock Museum for some Texan history, the Blanton Museum of Art for some modern collections, and the Harry Ransom Centre for rare cultural artifacts.
Chill out in nature in Zilker Park, a 351-acre park loved by runners, hikers, kayakers and yoga practitioners. Zilker Kite Festival is a free annual festival where, every spring, hundreds of people gather in the park to fly kites high in the sky.
Remember to take a hike around the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Like the name suggests, it’s a 10-mile trail around lovely inner-city Lady Bird Lake. And it features a memorial to legendary bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Austin is full of independent boutiques, record stores with hard-to-find vinyl, and shopping malls. Lovers of Tex Mex and barbeque food will be well satisfied here, but Austin’s eclectic dining choices also include gourmet donuts, contemporary Japanese cuisine and authentic ranch dinner.
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