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Top Things To Do In Austin

You’ve heard the slogan — Keep Austin Weird. Often treated like a distant relative to the rest of Texas, Austin’s counterculture reputation earns its spot as a fast-growing and fast-changing city. Whether you’re familiar with the city or just trying to hang like a local during SXSW, there’s plenty of new things to try in Austin, Texas. True to its reputation, most of its standout attractions involve downtown bars, barbeque, and non-touristy activities.

Zoo Visit for  One, Two, Four, or Six to Austin Zoo (Up to 56% Off)
Zoo Visit for One, Two, Four, or Six to Austin Zoo (Up to 56% Off)
Austin
4.6
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$14.95 $9.00
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Austin Zoo Admission for One
Adult General Admission for 1, 2, or 4 to LBJ Presidential Library and Museum (Up to 32% Off)
Adult General Admission for 1, 2, or 4 to LBJ Presidential Library and Museum (Up to 32% Off)
Austin
4.9
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$10.00 $7.00
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Admission and Activities at Austin Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.
Admission and Activities at Austin Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.
Austin
4.5
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$35.90 $24.95
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Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Bandera
4.5
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$10.00 $6.00
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Museum Visit for Two to Frontiers of Flight Museum (Up to 40% Off)
Museum Visit for Two to Frontiers of Flight Museum (Up to 40% Off)
Dallas
4.7
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$20.00 $12.00
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2 General Admission Tickets
$17 for Scavenger Hunt Adventure for One Team at ZeeTours ($50 Value)
$17 for Scavenger Hunt Adventure for One Team at ZeeTours ($50 Value)
Austin
4.2
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$50.00 $20.00
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Scavenger Hunt Adventure for One Team
Admission to San Antonio Zoo (Up to 30% Off)
Admission to San Antonio Zoo (Up to 30% Off)
San Antonio
4.5
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$19.99 $13.99
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One Walk Thru Admission Ticket: Valid Thursday-Saturday
Austin Pub Scavenger Hunt for One Team of 1–5,  6–10, or 11–15 Players from Brews & Clues (Up to 50% Off)
Austin Pub Scavenger Hunt for One Team of 1–5, 6–10, or 11–15 Players from Brews & Clues (Up to 50% Off)
Austin
4.5
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Austin Pub Crawl & Scavenger Hunt for Team of 1–5 Players
Wine Tasting Experience for One, Two, or Four at Red Caboose Winery (Up to 35% Off)
Wine Tasting Experience for One, Two, or Four at Red Caboose Winery (Up to 35% Off)
2 Locations
4.8
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Wine Tasting Experience for One

As the state capital of Texas, Austin is teeming with funky attractions. Prioritize the following iconic city activities before finding all the restaurants, bars, and landmarks that keep Austin weird.

The best things to do near Austin include:

  • Visiting ZIlker Park, a metropolitan recreational area
  • Watch the burnt orange insanity at a University of Texas home football game
  • Visit Leroy and Lewis for new-school smoked barbecue
  • Watch live music at South Congress’ The Continental Club Club
  • Hike up to Mount Bonnell and watch the sunset

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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
40+ bought
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
39% discount_off
Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Certified "Funny" Comedy Show Wild'N Out Edition Starring Rip Micheals and Friends on Friday, July 17
Certified "Funny" Comedy Show Wild'N Out Edition Starring Rip Micheals and Friends on Friday, July 17
Austin
$133.28 $79.00
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07/17/20 at 7:30 p.m.: Two Tickets with a Reserved Table
5 bought
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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Single- or Two-Day Admission for One Child or Adult to The Texas Haunters Convention, July 25–26 (Up to 50% Off)
Single- or Two-Day Admission for One Child or Adult to The Texas Haunters Convention, July 25–26 (Up to 50% Off)
Mesquite
4.6
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07/25/20–07/26/20: : Single-Day General Admission for One Child (Ages 2–12)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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Though Austin is ostensibly non-touristy, visitors to the city can still find many photo ops and vacation cornerstones found throughout other popular city destinations. These Austin attractions can be found around almost every corner in the city.

Things to do for tourists in Austin include:

  • Visiting the Texas State Capitol, home to the state legislature
  • Look for the “yarn-bombed” trees found all over Austin
  • Explore Austin’s iconic murals all over the city
  • Explore Austin’s food truck parks throughout the city
  • See the public art installations at University of Texas campus

Even if it’s treated like an island, Austin is no stranger to the Texas sun and arid temperatures. Leave no stone left unturned and find indoor activities in Austin that everyone can enjoy.

Things to do indoors near Austin include:

  • Peruse David Foster Wallace’s papers at Harry Ransom Center
  • Learn more about Texas history at Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Try the beer selection served at The Whip In
  • Look at the artifacts at Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Head to Seven Grand, a low-lit whiskey bar in downtown Austin