Top things to do in Austin while you’re here:

Pennybacker Bridge

Take a quick hike up for this gorgeous view.

Visit South Congress

South of Lady Bird Lake, this is a must-stroll for visitors and a popular hangout for locals. SOCO oozes homespun character and boasts the story of Austin’s yesteryear in it’s boutiques, eateries, galleries & music venues.

Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake

And best of all, it’s right downtown!


Mt. Bonnell

A 106-step flagstone staircase will get you to the top of Mt. Bonnell and land you this view.


Rainey Street

A relaxed neighborhood of bars and restaurants, created mostly out of historic old homes – turned Austin’s hottest new area.


West Sixth Street

There are three sections of Sixth Street in Austin: West, East and what locals refer to as Dirty. For locals, Dirty Sixth runs from Congress to I-35 even though technically, and according to street signs, East Sixth starts at Congress Avenue and runs east. But when you hear locals talk about East Sixth, we are referencing anything east of I-35. Don’t get confused by the street signs; you’ll be talking like a local in no time.

West Sixth is the section of Sixth Street that runs west from Congress Avenue. For the most part, the nightlife scene ends at North Lamar Boulevard. West sixth tends to be a relaxed, young professional crowd.

Brewery Tours

Austin is regularly ranked as one of the top cities in the nation for craft brewing. Take a tasting tour of the local microbreweries such as Jester King, Hops & Grain, and Austin Beerworks. Drink yummy craft beer, meet awesome people.

Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail

Do a full loop around to experience Austin’s fit culture and see some pretty views. 


Brunch at Josephine House

Best brunch in Austin! But don’t count on getting in without a reservation.

Shopping at the Domain

About 20 minutes north of downtown lies a gorgeous, new, large outdoor mall with all the top shops, restaurants and hotels. View a list of shops at Domain & Domain North Side.

Try Trailer Food

There is no escaping the “trailer eatery” craze in Austin. You can find anything from sushi to cupcakes served fresh out of a trailer.

Hamilton Pool

The closest thing to an oasis you’ll likely ever see. This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone, and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! Admittance is around $15 per vehicle, and the park usually reaches occupancy by 10am on hot summer days, so arrive early. It’s also a good idea to call before you head out as the preserve is often closed for swimming due to high bacteria levels (most commonly in the days following a rainstorm).

Texas State Capital

Free tours available daily:

M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

SAT 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

SUN Noon – 3:30pm


Do a Pub Crawl

See Austin from a bar on wheels while getting a little workout, too.

PubCrawler of Austin

Hipside Peddler


Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

This thrilling adventure over Lake Travis will get your blood pressure pumping. Even with the lake levels low, the views while zip-lining are absolutely incredible and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Be prepared to reach speeds of 60 mph.


Congress Avenue BATS

The Congress Bridge plays home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. About 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats call the Congress Bridge home from Spring to early Fall as they migrate north.

 Each night around dusk the bats start their evening flight. It normally starts with a single bat leaving the bridge and quickly turns into a steady flow of countless bats in search of food. It’s one of those things that is truly unexplainable until you see it first hand.

Many people choose to watch from the Congress Bridge but the real treat is seeing it from the water.  Capital Cruises offers great bat watching tours. You can also rent them privately which  make for great birthdays or corporate events. Here’s an insider secret, if you don’t have a big group look into Duffy Boat rentals.