A counterculture city with the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” the cool things to do in Austin reflect a zany creativity. Austin is best known for its annual festivals, and the 1.5 million bats who emerge from Congress Bridge at dusk.
Austin is home to dozens of annual festivals; the largest include SXSW and Austin City Limits. ATX also has several spring-fed swimming pools, a zealous barbecue selection, and a bustling music scene.
Austin dubs itself the “live music capital of the world.” The best places to listen include C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, Carousel Lounge, Paramount Theatre, and The Continental Club.
Kid-friendly activities in Austin include the Austin Aquarium, Austin Zoo, Dinosaur Park, Arcade UFO, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Austin has a variety of places to gorge on barbecue, Mexican food, burgers, and even sushi. Try Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Iron Works BBQ, or Smokey Denmark for the city’s signature cuisine, and Fukumoto for Japanese.
Learn more about Texas at Bullock Texas State History Museum, enjoy tranquility at Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and binge on science at the Austin Nature & Science Center.
Austin has plenty of outdoor activities within and outside the city limits. Consider hiking Mount Bonnell, swimming at the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, or jogging around Lady Bird Lake.