Austin is ranked the #1 Greatest Music City in America by Thrillist (April 2015)
Austin is named one of The 10 Best Cities for Weekend Vacations by Forbes (April 2015)
LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD®:
Live music can be enjoyed at more than 250 venues throughout Austin. The city is also home to more than 2,000 recording artists including such famed personalities as Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Schneider, Gary Clark, Jr., Spoon, Shinyribs and more.
The Historic 6th Street, South Congress, Market, Red River, Warehouse, 2nd Street, South Austin, East Austin, Central Austin and Rainey Street districts are among the “hot spots” for listening to live music, dining and taking in the nightlife scene. Each district provides a unique flavor and experience.
South Congress (SoCo) District Just south of Lady Bird Lake, “SoCo” is a vibrant and walkable Austin neighborhood packed with eclectic boutiques, eateries and music venues. Pick up a pair of boots at Allen’s, or discover something new at Uncommon Objects.
6th Street District Stroll down Austin’s most famous nightlife district on 6th Street for more than a dozen blocks of live music venues including Maggie Mae’s, the Blind Pig and Shakespeare’s Pub.
Market District Head west on Sixth Street from Lavaca to Lamar to shop Austin’s most iconic home-grown retailers including the flagship Whole Foods Market, Waterloo Records, BookPeople and more.
Red River District From big-name acts to local newbies, Red River blares with the sounds of local Austin bands. Stop by this area of the Live Music Capital of the World® to tune into a diverse showcase of indie sounds.
Warehouse District The industrial Warehouse District rests in the heart of downtown Austin. Sip on local cocktails at upscale bars such as Peché and Halcyon, and relax throughout the evening in these refined stomping grounds.
2nd Street District Keep things local at some of Austin’s newest retail shops and boutiques in the 2nd Street District. Upscale coffee-houses, wine bars and restaurants rest between favorites including Violet Crown Cinema and Eliza Page.
South Austin District South Austin is a taste of old Waterloo. Quaint houses, long-running vintage restaurants and new eateries by some of the city’s top up-and-comers populate this lively nook of town.
East Austin District Head to East Austin to experience one of the fastest-growing and most alternative areas in town. Roam East Sixth Street for quirky bars and graffiti-style murals, and don’t miss Eleventh Street and Manor for a taste of the city’s most historic and cultural attractions.
Central Austin District Just ten minutes north of downtown, Central Austin is quickly becoming home to some of Austin’s best local eateries and shops. Cafes and vintage thrift stores rest comfortably between quaint neighborhood homes and craft bars along the North Loop and Burnet Roads.
Rainey Street District Rainey Street has a laid-back vibe and is home to rows of converted bungalows that provide an only-in-Austin live music and bar experience. Roam the district to find award-winning local craft beers at Craft Pride, food trucks of every genre and creative bites such as artisan sausages at Bangers.
Austin Nature and Science Center Located inside Austin’s famed Zilker Park, the ANSC is a beautiful and exciting outdoor park for children and families. Kids can see live wildlife, dig for fossils at the Dino Pit and discover hidden gems of the landscape at the Naturalist Workshop. The ANSC offers multiple programs for adults as well, such as rock climbing, caving and night canoeing.
The Thinkery is an engaging and interactive children’s museum located in Austin’s beautiful Mueller community. This new museum is designed especially for children’s enrichment and the exhibitions focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math to build creativity and knowledge.
Zilker Park/Barton Springs Pool Austin’s 361-acre park is home to picnic facilities, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train (great for kids/families), and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters.
HISTORY AND CULTURE
LBJ Presidential Library Exhibits chronicle the political life and times of LBJ. The First Lady's Gallery highlights the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson. The collection’s focus is on six decades of American history and how the Johnsons fit into those times.
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is an expansive museum that is dedicated to the celebration and conservation of African-American heritage. Multiple exhibits, including a children’s exhibit, cultural events and classes and a theatre are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday.
Texas State Capitol This sunset red edifice is the largest of America’s 50 statehouses, and stands 14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. Free guided tours depart every 15 minutes from the south lobby.
ICONIC MUSIC VENUES
Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,700 + person capacity live music venue that also serves as the new home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. One of two dedicated live music venues in the country built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rated standards of sustainability.
The Continental Club One of the city’s favorite historic venues since 1957. After a short stint as a burlesque club, the Continental Club became a favorite performance spot of such legends as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely, Kinky Friedman and WC Clark. Upstairs, the Continental Gallery features mellow music and jazz.
Emo’s East Alternative, underground, punk and indie bands have been calling this intimate venue home since 1990. With one stage inside and one in the outdoor beer garden, there's a chance to see two shows simultaneously. The walls are covered with murals, and the stool Johnny Cash perched on during his performance here is mounted on the ceiling.
The Saxon Pub One of the coolest venues in town. “Dive” atmosphere, but with great blues, rock and country acts.
Stubb’s BBQ combines two of Austin’s best features: live music and BBQ. Sit down for a tasty dinner, and then stick around for a local band on the indoor stage, or a touring band outdoors. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is also popular.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Austin Golf Trail Texas’ capital city is one of the country’s premier golf destinations, and the Austin Golf Trail provides full-service concierge support in booking golf rounds at dozens of local courses, as well as booking hotel accommodations and other Austin-centric activities. The one-stop golf-shop program allows golfers to book exclusive golf packages or design their own.
Barton Springs Bike Rental offers bike tours around Austin, including the Rrruff Rider tour, Rock 'n' Ride tour, Austin in a Nut Shell tour and Peace Love & Zilker tour.
Congress Avenue Bridge Bats Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat colony – between 750,000 and 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed bats. These nocturnal wonders emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in search of insects. People watch from the top of the bridge, boats on Lady Bird Lake and local restaurants and hotels as the mammals roll out at dusk and shadow the Austin sky.
Congress Avenue Kayaks What we offer: easy to paddle, sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks for rent by the hour or by the half-day, on Lady Bird Lake, next to the Congress Avenue Bridge.