Top ChoiceBridge in Downtown

Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge

Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge

Every year up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home upon a platform beneath the Congress Ave Bridge, which crosses the Colorado at the southern end of downtown. It's an Austin tradition to sit...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Downtown

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Completed in 1888 using sunset-red granite, Texas’ state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the familiar claim that everything’s bigger hereabouts. Drop in even if only to take a peek at the lovely...

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...

University in UT & Central Austin

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

Whatever you do, don't call it 'Texas University' – them's fightin' words, usually used derisively by Texas A&M students to take their rivals down a notch. Sorry, A&M, but the main campus of the...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Big, glitzy and bursting with high-tech interactive exhibits, this showcase museum celebrates the story of the Lone Star State, from its earliest inhabitants, via the era when it formed part of Mexico, up to the...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library & Museum

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library & Museum

Devoted to the 36th US president, who launched his political career in Austin, this museum is still attracting the crowds more than 50 years since he left office. Beyond the hokey, animatronic LBJ that regales...

Gardens in Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Anyone with an interest in Texas' flora and fauna should make the 20-minute drive to the wonderful gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, southwest of downtown Austin. The center, founded in 1982...

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...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Blanton Museum of Art

A big university with a big endowment is bound to have a big art collection, and now, finally, it has a suitable building to show it off properly. With one of the best university art collections in the USA, the...

Museum in Downtown

Mexic-Arte Museum

This wonderful, eclectic downtown museum features works from Mexican and Mexican American artists in exhibitions that change every two months. Many are drawn from the permanent collection, which includes carved...

Park in West Austin

Mt Bonnell

On the weekend, you might find yourself tiptoeing around a wedding ceremony at Mt Bonnell, the highest point in the city at 775ft. This pretty overlook has impressed day-trippers since the 1830s. At sunset, climb...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

The fascinating Ransom Center is a major repository of historic manuscripts, photography, books, film, TV, music and more. Highlights include a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of only five in the USA)...

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...

Public Art in South Austin

Greetings from Austin Mural

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.

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Elisabet Ney Museum

A German-born sculptor and spirited trailblazer, Elisabet Ney lived in Austin in the early 1880s, and her former studio is now one of the oldest museums in Texas. Filled with more than 100 works of art, including...

Museum in East Austin

George Washington Carver Museum

On 19 June 1865, slaves in Texas were freed pursuant to the Emancipation Proclamation – 2½ years after it was signed by President Lincoln. This day is now honored as Juneteenth, and an exhibit at this small...

Gardens in South Austin

Zilker Botanical Garden

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...

Museum in East Austin

Thinkery

This huge, red, box-like building north of downtown inspires young minds with hands-on activities in the realms of science, technology and the arts. Kids can get wet learning about fluid dynamics, build LED light...

Gallery in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Hope Outdoor Gallery

For a wild collision of colors and art, make your way to this sprawling collection of graffiti that's been spray-painted across multilevel concrete ruins. The on-site open-air gallery here is run by the HOPE...

Museum in Downtown

Museum of the Weird

Pay the entrance fee in the gift shop, then step inside Austin's version of a cabinet of curiosities. It's more of a hallway of curiosities, really, lined with shrunken heads, malformed mammals and other unusual...