Austin Attractions

There are so many things to do in Austin that you can't fit them all into one trip. How, then, can you make sure you see the best that Austin has to offer? A great place to start would be at the Hamilton Pool Preserve. Hamilton Pool Preserve is a nature lover's paradise with swimming, hiking and bird-watching. It's one of Austin's premier postcard locations surrounded by breathtaking natural wonder. Your next stop should be South Congress Avenue. Known for its funky style, South Congress Avenue draws Austinites and tourists alike with its shopping and eating opportunities. Shopping on SoCo Avenue is a must-do for tourists and friends visiting from out of town. The restaurants along SoCo are among the best and there's no better place to find locally made merchandise.
To learn more about the history of Austin, and the state of Texas, visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. With a grand facade that includes a 35-foot-tall bronze star, the museum is hard to miss. The three-story museum, open since 2001, turns the varied history of the state into imaginative interactive exhibits for the enjoyment of all ages. Meet the state's first occupants on the first floor, hear Stephen F. Austin announce the Texas Revolution on the second, and visit the third level for an understanding of how opportunity has played a part in the making of the Lone Star State. There are so many things to do in Austin that one visit is never enough.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

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24300 Hamilton Pool Road

Lush, spring-fed swimming hole formed out of a collapsed cave...
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South Congress Avenue

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South Congress Ave
(between Riverside and Oltorf)

Hip shopping and local eateries embody "Keep Austin Weird" motto...
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Zilker Botanical Garden

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2220 Barton Springs Rd.

Beautiful themed gardens covering 30 acres...
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Barton Springs Pool

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2101 Barton Springs Road
Zilker Park

Spring-fed pool and first-rate people watching...
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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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1800 N. Congress Avenue

Family fun coupled with interactive Texas history lesson...
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Texas State Capitol

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1100 Congress Ave

The colossal house of the Texas state government...
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Austin City Limits Music Festival

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2100 Barton Springs Road
Zilker Park

Three-day extension of legendary live music television show...
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Deep Eddy Pool

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401 Deep Eddy Dr

Cool off in the oldest swimming pool in Texas...
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Canyon Lake

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601 C.O.E. ROAD

Go-to spot for floating the Guadalupe River...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

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Riverside Drive & South First Street
Auditorium Shores

Lakeside tribute to the blues guitar virtuoso...
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University of Texas Tower

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2400 Inner Campus Drive
University of Texas Campus

Overlook the UT campus and downtown skyline from this iconic tower...
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Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

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100 S. Congress Ave.

The front-row seat for nightly bat watching...
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Zilker Park

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2100 Barton Springs Rd

Wide open green space in the heart of downtown, plus cool spring water...
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Austin Children's Museum

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201 Colorado St
Dell Discovery Center

Learning concealed as fun for the pint-sized...
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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4801 LaCrosse Ave

Elegant grounds celebrate the beauty of native plants...
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Spoetzl Brewery

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603 East Brewery St

Home of Shiner Bock...
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Mount Bonnell

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3800 Mount Bonnell Road

Breathtaking views from above Lake Austin...
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Second Street District

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200 W. Second Street

Fun-filled shopping in bustling downtown Austin...
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Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

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3809 West 35th Street

Italian villa turned lakeside art museum...
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Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

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S First Street between MoPac Blvd and Pleasant Valley Road

Perfect for urban hiking...
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