Things to Do When Visiting Austin

Things to Do in Austin

Things to Do When Visiting Austin

Things to Do When Visiting Austin


Over 30 million people from the United States alone visit Austin each year, and if you've ever been here, you probably understand why. There is no shortage of things to do. Sure, it's the "Live Music Capital of the World," but that's just scratching the surface. When in Austin you can soak up the city vibes or get lost in the great outdoors. You can visit a museum, park, or entertainment venue, or you can eat your way through the city's cafes, restaurants, and food trucks. Go to a theater, check out the independent shops and art galleries, or take a guided tour of the city. You can even catch a sporting event or brush up on local history.  

While there is no way we could list all the best things to do in Austin, Texas, we can start with some of our favorites:  

Zilker Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is often considered one of the best places to visit in Austin, whether you want to exercise, cool off on a hot summer day, spend time with your kids, or learn a little something. It's home to the Barton Spring Pool, a natural springs pool that you can swim in 365 days a year, as well as a science and nature center. There's a theater, a botanical garden, a disc golf course, and picnic areas, as well as volleyball courts and playgrounds. 

The Thinkery 

If you're looking for fun things to do in Austin with kids, look no further than The Thinkery. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, has plenty of hands-on exhibits that will teach kids of all ages about the world around them. 

The Museum of the Weird 

As for things to do in Austin for older kids and adults, consider a trip to the Museum of the Weird. TripAdvisor calls it "one of the world's last true dime museums continuing in the tradition of P.T. Barnum," and it's filled with oddities, like shrunken heads, mummies, and paranormal paraphernalia. 

Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is easily one of the best places to visit in Austin if you enjoy the great outdoors. From riverboat cruises to kayaking and paddleboarding, there's no shortage of things to do if you want to spend time on the water. 

Texas State Capitol  

One of top places to visit in Austin if you're into history and civics is the Texas State Capitol. It's thought to be one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the nation, and visitors can take part in a guided tour seven days a week. 

University of Texas Sports 

You may already know that Austin is a college town, and sports fans across town love to head to campus for a variety of University of Texas NCAA sports. Take in a football game at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on a beautiful Saturday in fall, or cheer on the Longhorns as they compete in basketball, track and field, tennis, volleyball, swimming, baseball, softball, and numerous other sports. 

Austin NightLife 

If you're looking for nightlight, you have numerous options, like bars, beer gardens, clubs, and more. Some of the best things to do in Austin at night include shopping and the bars at The Domain; the Rainey Street District where old homes are turned into bars and restaurants, and the Austin Beer Garden and Brewery, which has won many awards. 

Austin Food Trucks 

It's no secret that Austin is a foodie's paradise, but some of the best dishes aren't in its restaurants: they're in its food trucks. From vegan dishes to barbecue and Asian cuisine to Italian, they're all over the city, and we encountered one we don't like yet. Some standouts include the dog-friendly Arbor Food Park, 5000 Burnet, and The Picnic at Barton Springs. 

Don't just visit next time you're in Austin — stick around for a while! Let experienced realtor Heather Burke help you find your dream home. Contact me today at (512) 434-9004 or [email protected]

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