Things to Do in Austin

Visit Austin

Check out places to go and things to do while you are in town: Visit the land of music & bbq — known as Austin, TX!

View or download an official Austin Visitor's Guide or review an Attendees Ultimate Checklist from the Austin Visitor Center, or explore items from the lists below.

Activities

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  • Every evening at dusk, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the South Congress Bridge for their nightly feeding. Visitors can stand on the bridge and watch the bats take flight, or enjoy a boat tour to watch the bats from the water.
  • Enjoy the hike-and-bike trails in downtown Austin
  • Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard downtown at Lady Bird Lake
  • Watch the sunset over Lake Travis at The Oasis
  • Fly a kite or relax in the sunshine at Zilker Park
  • Learn why Austin is called the "Live Music Capital of the World" by visiting its famous music venues, including Continental Club, Scoot Inn, Antone's Nightclub, Saxon Pub, and Elephant Room
  • Relish the Austin nightlife on Rainey Street or Sixth Street
  • Learn to Texas Two-Step at The Broken Spoke
  • Explore the quirky shops on South Congress Avenue, and snag a photo of the "i love you so much" mural

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Attractions

Food

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  • Tacos for breakfast?! In Texas, absolutely! Be sure to try a breakfast taco during your time in Austin, available at food trucks and restaurants all over the city. Local favorites include Torchy's Tacos, Tacodeli, and Papalote Taco House
  • Don't leave town without trying famous Texas barbecue. Options abound, including Sam's Bar-B-Que, Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q, Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, Stiles Switch BBQ, and Franklin Barbecue