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Unforgettable things to do and see

You’ll discover a fascinating blend of things to do in Austin, with the buzzing live music scene, world-class sightseeing and incredible outdoor activities. Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy will entice you with their splendour.

Explore the vibrant bars, clubs and pubs of Sixth Street. Absorb the fascinating culture at Austin’s museums and enjoy some serious retail therapy whilst shopping. The city will certainly live up to its reputation as ‘live music capital of the world’ – you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 200 venues that play gigs for every genre, from jazz to country and punk.

Shopping in Austin.

Go shopping in Austin

The Domain Century Oaks Terrace is home to over 100 shops and restaurants, half of which are exclusive within the market. Stock up on music at Waterloo Records or pick up traditional Texan footwear, cowboy style, at Allen’s Boots. The colour-coded areas at Emeralds, a mini department store exclusively for women, make shopping a little too easy.

Nightlife in Austin.

Incredible nights out

For a lively night out, head to Pete’s Duelling Piano Bar or soak up the retro atmosphere of Donn’s Depotand as the live artists take to the stage. MoMo’s has a great rooftop patio with an eclectic mix of music while Highball club has a bowling alley, amusements and karaoke.

Sightseeing in Austin.

See the sights of Austin

Austin boasts fantastic and unique sightseeing, from the millions of bats that reside under the Congress Avenue Bridge to the sunset-red granite of the Texas State Capitol building. Visit the historic buildings and library at the University of Texas or admire the prints, drawings and contemporary art artworks at The Blanton Museum of Art.

Austin’s music scene.

Embrace the vibrant live music scene

Make a request at Pete’s Duelling Piano Bar or head to Emo’s, a punk and indie hotspot. The Elephant Room is an intimate jazz club with a cool vibe, while Continental Club, a 1950’s-era lounge, has a lively dance floor. Happy hour at Momo’s is always popular, as is Antone’s which has attracted the best of the blues since 1975.

Outdoor activities in Austin.

Outdoor adventures on your doorstep

Take an ice cold dip in Barton Springs Pool or head downstream, grab a map and hire a canoe to explore on the water at Zilker Park. Visit haunted buildings and streets on a 90-minute Austin ghost tour. Or see the diversity of Westcave Preserve, a fragile ecosystem that can only accommodate 30 visitors a day.

Austin pennybacker bridge.

Austin guide

To help you make the most of the vibrant and quirky Texas state capital take a look at our online guide.

Read our Austin guide

Austin experiences we recommend

Book your sightseeing before you go

Small-Group tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country.

Experience Austin's urban scene, hip shopping districts and beautiful natural scenery. You'll learn about all the sites, from your knowledgeable guide, on this fully-narrated one hour thirty minute tour. Travel through historic downtown Austin and pass more than 40 top sites including Lady Bird Lake, the Texas Capitol, the haunted Driskill Hotel, the University of Texas, Moonlight Tower, Mayfield Park and Lake Austin. Cruise down Congress Avenue and venture through old East Austin and explore 6th Street, the lively entertainment district.

Tour Austin and Texas Hill Country

Austin sightseeing Segway tour.

Cruise through Austin in style on this sightseeing Segway tour. Follow your guide down Congress Avenue and see several historical sites like the Texas State Capitol Building, the Driskill Hotel and the Bob Bullock Museum. You'll also learn fun facts about the city and stop for photo opportunities. Meet in downtown Austin on Lavaca Street for your safety orientation and lesson. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway, follow your guide through the city for a sightseeing tour.

See the sights of Austin by Segway

Electric bike tour of Lady Bird Lake in Austin.

Explore Austin's beautiful Lady Bird Lake aboard an electric bike on this guided tour. Perfect for covering more ground in a fraction of the time, electric bikes are a fun, comfortable, safe way to sightsee. Follow your guide to the lake's main landmarks including Barton Springs, the Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue and the Congress Avenue Bridge. Make plenty of stops along the way to take photos of the downtown skyline and learn some history about the area.

Book an electric bike tour of Lady Bird Lake

Ultimate Austin Segway tour: historical sights and modern highlights.

This ultimate two hour thirty minute Segway tour of Austin will take you to the cities many historical sites, scenic locations and modern-day cultural hubs. Explore the trendy Warehouse District, pedestrian-friendly 2nd Street District and 6th Street, the heart of the live entertainment scene. See the Driskill Hotel, Austin Convention Center, Texas State Capitol Building and reach Lady Bird Lake with the city skyline in the background. Make stops along the way to snap photos and learn about the sights from your knowledgeable guide.

See Austin’s historical sights and modern highlights by Segway

Haunted Austin and Bat Bridge Segway tour.

Experience Austin's haunted past and present on this guided Segway tour. When dusk falls, visit haunted and spooky downtown sites like the Driskill Hotel, where ghosts have been sighted, and Congress Avenue Bridge, home to one of the world's largest urban bat colonies that emerge at night. When evening hits, meet on Lavaca Street in downtown Austin for your safety orientation. Once you're comfortable on your Segway, follow your guide on a two hour thirty minute sightseeing tour to discover Austin's haunted side.

Explore haunted Austin by Segway

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