Austin Texas

Tourist Attractions
and Things to Do

Over 50 things to do in Austin


Three Popular Lakes in the Austin Area:
Lady Bird Lake
Lake Austin
Lake Travis

AMOA-Arthouse
Museum with contemporary and modern art created when the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center merged into a single museum on November 1, 2011.

Austin City Limits
For over 33 years, Austin City Limits has presented live music to audiences across the world. The award-winning series spotlights artists of every musical genre; from rhythm and blues to rock, jazz, and alternative music.

Austin Detours - Local Tours in Austin
They provide a wide variety of tours for people of all ages and interests. Whether you’re into beer, wine, food, BBQ, Capitol tours or almost anything else, they are here to show you the best Austin has to offer.

Austin Duck Adventures
Tours in the unique Austin Duck vehicles.

Austin Double Decker Hop On - Hop Off Tours
Enjoy Austin’s only hop on hop off guided sightseeing and historical tours. You will learn all about Austin and it’s rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from atop of a double decker bus. By hopping off of the bus you can self-explore the downtown districts.

Austin Galleries
One of Austin's finest art galleries.

Austin Ghost Tours
Walking tours in downtown Ausin on Friday and Saturday nights.

Austin Kayak Tours by Live Love Paddle!
At Live Love Paddle, they specialize in guided kayak tours to see the Austin Congress Avenue Bridge Bats.  They also offer kayaking trips down local rivers, 2-day overnight/camping river trips, corporate team building activities, and kayak and canoe rentals on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.

Austin Overtures Sightseeing
Tours of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Austin's Park
Mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, rock climbing, kiddie play area, laser tag, batting cages, game pavillion and more on 22 acres of outdoor fun and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor fun.

Austin Steam Train
The Austin Steam Train offers you a year-round choice of excursions. The trains are operated by the dedicated staff and volunteer crews of the Austin Steam Train Association, a community-based non-profit organization.

Austin Zoo
Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of unfortunate and often neglectful situations. 

The Bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge
Watch thousands of bats leaving the bridge and soaring in the sky.

Bear Creek Stables
Horseback riding lessons, hay rides, guided rides, parties, horse camp, BBQs and more.

Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton's permanent collection is composed of over 17,000 works of art from Europe, the United States, and Latin America. The museum also features a dynamic changing exhibition schedule that allows visitors to experience a broad range of artistic expression and history.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
This is a Texas museum that also has an IMAX Theatre and Spirit Theatre.

Cabela's - Buda, Texas
Retail Store is located just off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio.  In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 185,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

Capital Cruises
Boat tours of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in Austin, lunch and dinner cruises, boat rentals, bat excursions, group outings, special events and entertainment.

Chaparral Ice Centers
Ice skating, hockey program, skating classes, figure skating, summer camps and more.

Clean Air Limo
They offer limo service in luxury hybrid cars: airport pickups, city to city, winery tours and more.

The Dinosaur Park
An educational and fun place for everyone to learn about the majestic animals that ruled our earth for over 150 million years. 

Esther's Follies
Esther's Follies follows the funny in Washington, Austin, and on the internet - with sketches, musical numbers, and magical illusions.

ExperienceAustin.com
A delightful web page full of information about Austin.

FlyTexas.com
FlyTexas offers beginner hang gliding lessons for the whole family. They teach the basics of the hang gliding and most students actually fly a hang glider multiple times solo off of a training hill. Lessons are in Austin and Luling.

Free Tours of the Texas Capitol
Take a self-guided tour of the State Capitol building in Austin.  It is a replica of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C. but is a few inches taller.   Tours are in several foreign languages, too.

Highland Lakes
Stay in a lake rental cabin or a lake house on one of these lakes and enjoy boating, swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, fishing and more.

Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory
Hornsby Bend is open to visitors 7 days a week from dawn to dark.  Free monthly birding fieldtrips take place on the third Saturday of each month.

Inner Space Cavern
Just 24 miles north of Austin, Texas, a natural cavern formed millions of years ago. 

J & M Aviaries
More than 60 species of exotic birds and other animals at 8467 U.S. 290.  Phone 512-288-2199

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm
Return to a time gone by.  Featuring classes in harvesting, quilting, blacksmithing, woodworking, fiber arts, cooking, rope making and many more.  Hay rides, trailblaser campouts, and things for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to earn merit badges with.

Kiddie Acres
An amusement park for children 10 years old and younger with rides and miniature golf.  Lots of rides for the children.  A great place for birthday parties, too.   Free parking, no admission charge. 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center's Native Plant Information Network allows you to search for native plant info by plant traits or names, browse through their collection of 17,000 native plant images, and pose your plant question to their resident horticulturalist.   Located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue in Austin.

Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake)
Use the hike and bike trails along the lake and the park.

LBJ Presidential Library
The LBJ Presidential Library holds more than 45 million pages of manuscripts, an extensive audiovisual collection, and oral history interviews with than 1,000 individuals. Located at 2313 Red River Street in Austin

Lonestar Riverboat
This true, old-fashioned, paddle-wheeler on Lady Bird Lake is sure to charm you with nostalgia and Austin's gorgeous city skyline; experience the exhilaration of the outdoors, the abundant waterfowl, and beauty that is Austin.

Mount Bonnell
Have a picnic with great views of Lake Austin from this 785 foot limestone hill at 3800 Mount Bonnell Road.

Main Event
Laser tag, bowling alley, wall climbing, billiards, giant arcade, a restaurant and more in over 75,000 sq ft.

Millinium Youth Entertainment Complex
Experience a state-of-the-art entertainment complex. bowl, roller skate, see a movie, play arcade games, enjoy the children's Soft Play area and eat in the Millennium Cafe! Have a birthday party, a 70's Theme Corporate Fun Day, a wedding or a quincenera!

Museum of the Weird
Located in the back of Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts on 6th Street in downtown Austin.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Visit Africa – in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Home to over 50 species of animals from all over the world, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch allows you to explore the wilds of many continents a little closer to home.  Take a safari drive thru Texas style.  Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.

Natural Bridge Caverns
View more than 10,000 different formations in underground chambers. Texas' largest natural attraction, U.S. Natural Landmark, tours daily. Adventure tour, mining sluice, gift shop, snack bar, picnic areas, group rates. IH-35 near San Antonio.

Parks and Recreation
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land containing 206 parks, 12 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals and unique natural features), and 26 greenbelts (parkland on creeks and canyons). Parks are open for public use each day from 5am - to 10pm unless otherwise posted.

The Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas
Go to their web page to see the schedule of events.

The Paramount Theatre and State Theatre Company
Schedule of the theatre and information about the theatre.

Pioneer Farms
Check out the classes and tours available at the historic Pioneer Farms.

Restaurant Reviews
Read reviews of Austin restaurants, and leave your own review of local restaurants.

Rock-About Climbing Adventures
They are a local rock climbing guide service in the area.

Rowing Dock
Rent your kayaks and paddle boats from the Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake.

Sailing Austin
Pleasure cruises on Lake Travis.  Island time is moored at the Marshall Ford Marina in charming Austin, Texas, just minutes from downtown.

Schlitterbahn
Everyone in the family seems to love this popular water park resort located in New Braunfels, Texas.

Slot Car Races
People of all ages can enjoy slot car racing.  You can even get your own race track.

South by Southwest Festival
Make your reservations early for this popular festival.

Sunshine Machine Boat Tours
They run a charter boat service on Lake Austin near City Park, that takes 1 to 30 passengers on scenic cruises up a beautiful part of the lake.  The Sunshine Machine multi-level party boat is great for office parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, birthdays, team building, and other special occasions.

Texas Natural Science Center
The Texas Natural Science Center is the home of the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory and the Texas Natural History Collections.

Texas Roller Derby
Austin roller derby at its finest.  The first of the banked track leagues in the nation.

Texas Hill Country Vineyards
Many of these wineries on this web site offer wine tasting and tours of the wineries.  Many are within a 90 minute drive of Austin.

Texpert Tours
Customized trips in Austin and the Hill Country to wild places, weird sites, and wondrous history.

Tours of the Tower at the University of Texas
The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions. It is a famous landmark in Austin.

Travis County Parks
The parks of Travis County are great for softball and soccer, family picnics, hiking, nature study, or just leaning back to view a spectacular Hill Country sunset.

Volente Beach and Waterpark
Water rides and beach on Lake Travis

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
224 acre sanctuary for birds, animals and native plants.  Three miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. Wild Basin also hosts a variety of family events, concerts, adult workshops, children's and school programs.

Wonder World
Texas' most visited cave.  Petting zoo, train ride, anti gravity house and more in San Marcos, Texas.

Zilker Botanical Garden
31 acre botanical garden with themed gardens, a butterfly trail and prehistoric villages.

Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Canoe and kayak rentals on Lady Bird Lake in Austin at Zilker Park.

 

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