Austin, TX


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Destination Basics

SXSW is the quintessential Austin festival experience, offering film, interactive media, and modern music highlights.

See the profound impact Mexico has on the state of Texas at the unique Mexic-Arte Museum.

For the curious, the Texas Capitol provides a unique look a working government site and the opportunity to learn about the history of state capitol.

The Walnut Creek Bike Tour is a 4hr, 23-mile bike tour that combines both street and traffic-free riding, with respites for lunch and drinks

Be sure to make time one evening to linger along the banks of Lady Bird Lake to see the bats emerge and feast.

Especially good for kids and their families:

Barton Springs Pool, home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.

Kids can come dressed in thier faerie best to enjoy a tea party overlooking the Zilker Botanical Garden.

Austin may be known most for its music scene. This comprehensive list shows you music festivals, venues, and all the uplifting musical experiences Austin has to offer.

The Long Center showcases the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin.

Aside from the Austin Spurs NBA team , Austin boasts minor league baseball, hockey, rugby and football. Cheer on the Austin Bold soccer team, or if you're looking for something a bit different, go watch the impressive ladies on skates at roller derby.

Mexico's influence on Austin's cuisine is omnipresent and provides a terrific opportunity to try some of the best you can find outside Mexico itself.

There is so much great food to choose from, we've narrowed this list down to a few offerings:

Tacos: Best known and beloved is VeraCruz All Natural

Coffee: You can find multiple locations of Café Medici, each with its own charm

Patio: Olive & June offers spectacular food, drink on a perfect patio nestled under old oak trees

Food Truck: Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts offers sweet and savoury doughnuts with a side of friendly local chit-chat.

Beer: Pair your craft beer with a French-style nosh at Hopfileds

Cocktails: Experience true hospitality at the award-winning Drink.Well

The food scene is vibrant and ever changing. Use your trusted food guides to find the best of the city and narrow down your choices. It’s going to be tough.

Austin’s climate is classified as humid subtropical. Locals enjoy very long, hot summers; short, mild winters; and pleasantly warm spring and fall seasons. Bring your sandals.

Austin is pedestrian friendly, but if you’re travelling any distance, here are some things you can rely on:

Get a Capmetro pass and use the app and get around using public transport.

Ride Austin has a big local following, however, Uber and Lyft are both available.

Hail a Yellow Cab, Austin Cab or Lone Star Cab.

Experience a Pedicab; the Game of Thrones themed pedicab is particularly popular.

Ryde operates open-air electric vehicles that can carry up to five passengers.