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  • 1

    Barton Springs Pool

    2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746-5736
    4.5
    142 reviews

    Beautiful setting, natural spring fed pool, great diving board, and fun place to relax on a hot summer day!

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesLocal
  • 2

    Zilker Park

    2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746
    4.5
    107 reviews

    Beautiful 350 acre park in the center of the city. Kayak and canoe rentals just north of Barton Springs pool

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorLocal
  • 3

    Texas State Capitol

    1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    4.5
    111 reviews

    There is so much to do here. The grounds are great to walk on/around or picnic on or read a bit of history. You can almost always find parking very near the area, even though it's in the middle of downtown. I love that the capitol is free to get in, so it's always a great place to take visitors. ...

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
  • 4

    Bats Underneath Congress Bridge

    100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-4020
    4.5
    61 reviews

    A lot of freaky visitors pass through Austin, but the most notable crowd might be the city’s seasonal population of inner city bats. Each spring, more than 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats inhabit the dark nooks and crannies underneath downtown’s Congress Avenue Bridge, constituting North America’s largest urban bat colony until migrating again in October. Every night around dusk, hundreds ...

    Popular withAdventureOutdoorFamilies
  • 5

    South Congress Avenue

    South Congress Ave and E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
    5
    48 reviews

    Eat at Guero's taco bar and go to the Continental club. Don't fight it. Start with a Rob's Special margarita and some tacos al pastor at Guero's and then skip on down the hill to see any band because they are all good at the Continental club.

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  • 6

    6th Street

    4.5
    62 reviews

    A rowdy Texas free for all in the heart of Austin's entertainment district. From punk to country and everything in between, 6th St. has got a venue for just about everybody. During SXSW (South by SouthWest), there's a free showcase here where you're likely to see for free the likes of Iggy Pop.

    Popular withNightlifeLocalFoodies
  • 7

    SXSW

    500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, United States
    5
    46 reviews

    If you're interested, you probably know all about SXSW. My favorite thing is the movies! But I gather I'm in a minority.

    Popular withLocalNightlifeTrendsters
  • 8

    University of Texas at Austin

    Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705
    4.5
    47 reviews

    Even if you didn't attend UT, it's a great place to visit. The campus is beautiful and very large, with a lot of history surrounding the school.

    Popular withStudentsHistoryFamilies
  • 9

    Alamo Drafthouse Austin: Downtown

    320 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States
    4.5
    38 reviews

    A trip to Austin isn't complete without experiencing the city's crowned cinematic jewel. Now with four locations, the Drafthouse delivers dinner, drinks, wild events and movies all under one roof. It's the most fun you'll ever have in a cinema, especially if you attend special weekly and seasonal events like Weird Wednesdays (free, late night showings of bizarre B-movies from ...

    Popular withLocalTrendstersNightlife
  • 10

    Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail Head

    Old West Austin, Austin, Texas
    5
    40 reviews

    Great for anything! Walking, running, biking, walking the dogs, or sitting on benches to take in the picturesque view of Town Lake and the Austin skyline. I love it!

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesWellness
  • 11

    Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
    5
    43 reviews

    Awesome vibe, very good bands, incredible city.

    Popular withLocalTrendstersNightlife
  • 12

    Continental Club

    1315 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 ‎
    4.5
    39 reviews

    A great place to grab a drink and catch live music while on South Congress. There is a cover charge but the affordable drinks and above average bands are worth it.

    Popular withNightlifeLocalTrendsters
  • 13

    Amy's Ice Creams

    1301 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704
    4.5
    36 reviews

    Good ice cream. The staff even let me bring my own gluten-free cookies so they could mash it up in the ice cream for me. :)

    Popular withFamiliesFoodiesLocal
  • 14

    Broken Spoke

    3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX
    4.5
    28 reviews

    This legendary bar and dance hall plays live music nightly and has hosted legends like Willie Nelson and George Strait.

    Popular withLocalNightlifeBudget
  • 15

    Mount Bonnell

    3800 Mount Bonnell Drive, Austin, TX 78731
    4.5
    34 reviews

    A scenic overlook since the 1850s, Mt. Bonnell is the highest point in the Austin City Limits. It requires a hefty climb up steps, the view at the top (overlooking Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge) is worth it!

    Popular withOutdoorLocalFamilies
  • 16

    Austin Convention Center

    500 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX
    4
    32 reviews

    Home of many SXSW events, the Convention Center is a short taxi ride away from the dynamic SoCo arts & entertainment district. Many folks walk from SoCo to the Convention Center during SXSW, and pedicabs are another popular option.

    Popular withBusinessLocalTrendsters
  • 17

    Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

    310 W. 2nd Street, Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX
    5
    28 reviews

    Great venue, great artists, always a good time. Get on the floor level if you want to mix it up, or take a seat in the mezzanine if you are looking to chill.

    Popular withLocalNightlifeTrendsters
  • 18

    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

    1800 North Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-1342
    4.5
    29 reviews

    During the summer, on Sundays they have live music in front of the museum. Fun museum where you can learn all about our huge state. The Bullock Museum also houses the IMAX theatre where you can see amazing movies and documentaries.

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
  • 19

    Zilker Botanical Garden

    2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746-5737
    4.5
    24 reviews

    A bit small but very beautiful! Koi pond was my favorite! Lots of great picture taking opportunities here! Zilker botanical def helps make Austin what it is (beautiful!)

    Popular withOutdoorGreenSpiritual
  • 20

    Waterloo Records

    600 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States
    4.5
    22 reviews

    Great shop to find really popular or really obscure music. The staff is really friendly and will try to help as much as possible.

    Popular withLocalTrendstersStudents
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