Park in South Austin

Zilker Park

This 350-acre park is a slice of green heaven, lined with hiking and biking trails. The park also provides access to the famed Barton Springs natural swimming pool and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Find boat rentals, a mi…
Viewpoint in South Austin

Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail & Boardwalk

You can gaze at the downtown skyline from a series of photogenic boardwalks on this scenic 10-mile trail, which loops around Lady Bird Lake. Shorten the loop by crossing the lake on one of several bridges. You'll fi…
Public Art in South Austin

I Love You So Much Mural

This simple expression of devotion draws legions of photo-taking lovebirds. Spray-painted on the side of Jo's Coffee on South Congress, it now joins the Austin Motel sign and the patio at Guero's as an iconic symbol…
Public Art in South Austin

Greetings from Austin Mural

Well of course you're going to pull over and take a photo in front of this wall-sized postcard. It's awesome. The eye-catching mural adorns the southside of the Roadhouse Relics building.
Gardens in South Austin

Zilker Botanical Garden

These lush gardens cover 31 acres on the south bank of the Colorado River, with displays including natural grottoes, a Japanese garden and a fragrant herb garden. You'll also find interesting historical artifacts sp…
Museum in South Austin

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

If the weather's just too perfect to be inside a climate-controlled building, stroll the open-air UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, located in the south end of Zilker Park. Within the sculpture garden and the in…
Park in South Austin

Austin Nature & Science Center

In the northwestern area of Zilker Park, this center has exhibitions of native Texan mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that have been injured and nursed back to health here, but cannot be released …
Sculpture in South Austin

Cathedral of Junk

An ongoing (and climbable!) backyard sculpture that turns one man's trash into everyone's treasure. Visitation is by appointment, by phone. Owner Vince Hanneman doesn't always get to his voicemail, so keep trying un…
Public Art in South Austin

Dazed and Confused Mural

Alright, alright, alright. Fans of Matthew McConaughey and Dazed and Confused can pay their respects to Wooderson – the unrepentant admirer of high school girls – at this eye-catching mural a short walk south from M…
Cultural Center in South Austin


Pop into this South Austin gallery for rotating exhibits that spotlight Austin's live music and entertainment scenes, from the 1960s to the present. One recent exhibit celebrated the city's punk rock bands.