Austin Texas

Tourist Attractions
and Things to Do

Over 50 things to do in Austin

Three Popular Lakes in the Austin Area:
Lake Austin
Lady Bird Lake (Formerly Town Lake)
Lake Travis

Texas Landmark6th Street
There is a reason Austin is considered the Live Music Capital of World and the downtown Austin music scene is it. Well, that and Austin City Limits (ACL) and South by Southwest (SXSW) and a few dozen other music events.

AO Tours
Tours of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Austin360 Amphitheater
WINNER OF POLLSTAR'S 2013 BEST NEW MAJOR CONCERT VENUE IN THE WORLD---The venue has held such acts as Journey, the Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and KISS.

Texas LandmarkAustin City Limits
For over 33 years, Austin City Limits has presented live music to audiences across the world. The award-winning series spotlights artists of every musical genre; from rhythm and blues to rock, jazz, and alternative music.

Austin Duck Adventures
Tours in the unique Austin Duck vehicles.

Austin Galleries
One of Austin's finest art galleries.

Austin Ghost Tours
Walking tours in downtown Ausin on Friday and Saturday nights.

Austin Kayak Tours by Live Love Paddle!
At Live Love Paddle, they specialize in guided kayak tours to see the Austin Congress Avenue Bridge Bats.  They also offer kayaking trips down local rivers, 2-day overnight/camping river trips, corporate team building activities, and kayak and canoe rentals on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.

Austin's Park n Pizza
Mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, rock climbing, kiddie play area, laser tag, batting cages, game pavillion and more on 22 acres of outdoor fun and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor fun.

Austin Steam Train Association
Home of the Hill Country Flyer, the Austin Steam Train offers you a year-round choice of excursions. The trains are operated by the dedicated staff and volunteer crews of the Austin Steam Train Association, a community-based non-profit organization.

Austin Zoo
Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of unfortunate and often neglectful situations.

Bass Pro Shops - Round Rock
The 120,000-square foot Round Rock Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is located at the northeast corner of the IH-35 and University Drive south of Westinghouse. They are just north of the Round Rock Outlet Mall. While you'll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, and apparel, Bass Pro Shops offers so much more-- part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center.

Texas LandmarkThe Bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge
Check out the nationally-known phenomenon and watch 1.5 million (!) of bats leaving the bridge and soaring in the sky every night from March to October each year.

Bear Creek Stables
Horseback riding lessons, hay rides, guided rides, parties, horse camp, BBQs and more.

Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton's permanent collection is composed of over 17,000 works of art from Europe, the United States, and Latin America. The museum also features a dynamic changing exhibition schedule that allows visitors to experience a broad range of artistic expression and history.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
This is a Texas museum that also has an IMAX Theatre and Spirit Theatre.

Cabela's - Buda, Texas
Retail Store is located just off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio.  In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 185,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

Capital Cruises
Boat tours of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in Austin, lunch and dinner cruises, boat rentals, bat excursions, group outings, special events and entertainment.

Chaparral Ice Centers
Ice skating, hockey program, skating classes, figure skating, summer camps and more.

Texas LandmarkCircuit of The Americas
COTA plays host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, the only F1 race in the USA, and many other races. It has hosted the X Games as well. It also houses the Austin360 Amphitheater that has been the venue of many top music acts like Jimmy Buffett, Def Leppard, Elton John, and Cheap Trick

The Contemporary Austin
Museum with contemporary and modern art created when the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center merged into a single museum on November 1, 2011.

Dell Diamond-Round Rock
Just Northeast of Austin lies the home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Dell Diamond is easily the finest minor league stadium in the USA, bar none.

The Dinosaur Park
An educational and fun place for everyone to learn about the majestic animals that ruled our earth for over 150 million years. 

Double Decker Austin Hop On - Hop Off Tours
Enjoy Austin’s only hop on hop off guided sightseeing and historical tours. You will learn all about Austin and it’s rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from atop of a double decker bus. By hopping off of the bus you can self-explore the downtown districts.

Jet Ski Rentals

Escape Haus is a live-action Escape the Room Game in New Braunfels, Texas. You'll have 60 min to solve the clues and awaken your inner Sherlock. Are you up for the challenge? Click here to learn more at

Esther's Follies
Esther's Follies follows the funny in Washington, Austin, and on the internet - with sketches, musical numbers, and magical illusions.
FlyTexas offers beginner hang gliding lessons for the whole family. They teach the basics of the hang gliding and most students actually fly a hang glider multiple times solo off of a training hill. Lessons are in Austin and Luling.

Texas LandmarkFree Tours of the Texas Capitol
Take a self-guided tour of the State Capitol building in Austin.  It is a replica of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C. but is a few inches taller.   Tours are in several foreign languages, too.

The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park (formerly Cedar Park Center)
The Cedar Park Center is not only a popular venue for concerts, but the home to not one, but TWO minor league teams: the Texas Stars, the primary affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and the Austin Spurs, the NBA Development League affiliate for the San Antonio Spurs.

Highland Lakes
Stay in a lake rental cabin or a lake house on one of these lakes and enjoy boating, swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, fishing and more.

Hill Country Science Mill - Johnson City
The Hill Country Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives.

Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory
Hornsby Bend is open to visitors 7 days a week from dawn to dark.  Free monthly birding fieldtrips take place on the third Saturday of each month.

Inner Space Cavern
Just 24 miles north of Austin, Texas, a natural cavern formed millions of years ago. 

Kiddie Acres
An amusement park for children 10 years old and younger with rides and miniature golf.  Lots of rides for the children.  A great place for birthday parties, too.   Free parking, no admission charge. 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center's Native Plant Information Network allows you to search for native plant info by plant traits or names, browse through their collection of 17,000 native plant images, and pose your plant question to their resident horticulturalist.   Located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue in Austin.

Texas LandmarkLady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake)
Use the hike and bike trails along the lake and the park.

Texas LandmarkLBJ Presidential Library
The LBJ Presidential Library holds more than 45 million pages of manuscripts, an extensive audiovisual collection, and oral history interviews with than 1,000 individuals. Located at 2313 Red River Street in Austin

Lonestar Riverboat
This true, old-fashioned, paddle-wheeler on Lady Bird Lake is sure to charm you with nostalgia and Austin's gorgeous city skyline; experience the exhilaration of the outdoors, the abundant waterfowl, and beauty that is Austin.

Mount Bonnell
Have a picnic with great views of Lake Austin from this 785 foot limestone hill at 3800 Mount Bonnell Road.

Main Event
Laser tag, bowling alley, wall climbing, billiards, giant arcade, a restaurant and more in over 75,000 sq ft.

Millinium Youth Entertainment Complex
Experience a state-of-the-art entertainment complex. bowl, roller skate, see a movie, play arcade games, enjoy the children's Soft Play area and eat in the Millennium Cafe! Have a birthday party, a 70's Theme Corporate Fun Day, a wedding or a quincenera!

Museum of the Weird
Located in the back of Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts on 6th Street in downtown Austin.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Visit Africa – in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Home to over 50 species of animals from all over the world, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch allows you to explore the wilds of many continents a little closer to home.  Take a safari drive thru Texas style.  Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.

Texas LandmarkNatural Bridge Caverns
View more than 10,000 different formations in underground chambers. Texas' largest natural attraction, U.S. Natural Landmark, tours daily. Adventure tour, mining sluice, gift shop, snack bar, picnic areas, group rates. IH-35 near San Antonio.

Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina Meeting Facilities The Oasis
The Sunset Capital of Texas

Excellent music, great food with a breathtaking view overlooking the beautiful Hill Country and Lake Travis.

The Oasis is a one-of-a-kind, full service wedding venue. We love to give complimentary tours, as there is nothing more special than helping soon-to-be-married people envision a ceremony.

Parks and Recreation
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land containing 206 parks, 12 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals and unique natural features), and 26 greenbelts (parkland on creeks and canyons). Parks are open for public use each day from 5am - to 10pm unless otherwise posted.

The Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas
Go to their web page to see the schedule of events.

The Paramount Theatre and State Theatre Company
The Paramount Theatre is a live theatre venue/movie theatre located in downtown Austin, Texas in the United States of America. The classical revival style structure was built in 1915. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1976.

Pioneer Farms
Return to a time gone by.  Featuring classes in harvesting, quilting, blacksmithing, woodworking, fiber arts, cooking, rope making and many more.  Hay rides, trailblaser campouts, and things for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to earn merit badges with.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! in San Antonio, TX
Experience three unique attractions including the authentically unbelievable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the exciting movies that you ride at Ripley’s 4D Moving Theater and our larger-than-life Louis Tussaud’s WaxWorks.

Rock-About Climbing Adventures
They are a local rock climbing guide service in the area.

Rowing Dock
Rent your kayaks and paddle boats from the Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake.

St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center
227-acre sanctuary for birds, animals and native plants.  Three miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. Wild Basin also hosts a variety of family events, concerts, adult workshops, children's and school programs.

Everyone in the family seems to love this popular water park resort located in New Braunfels, Texas. There are rumors of a future location in Cedar Park.

Slot Car Races
People of all ages can enjoy slot car racing.  You can even get your own race track.

South by Southwest Festival
Make your reservations early for this popular festival.

Sunshine Machine Boat Tours
They run a charter boat service on Lake Austin near City Park, that takes 1 to 30 passengers on scenic cruises up a beautiful part of the lake.  The Sunshine Machine multi-level party boat is great for office parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, birthdays, team building, and other special occasions.

Texas Memorial Museum
Austin's First Science Museum

Texas Roller Derby
Austin roller derby at its finest.  The first of the banked track leagues in the nation.

Texas Hill Country Wineries and Vineyards
Many of these wineries on this web site offer wine tasting and tours of the wineries.  Many are within a 90 minute drive of Austin.

Texpert Tours
Customized trips in Austin and the Hill Country to wild places, weird sites, and wondrous history.

Texas LandmarkTours of the Tower at the University of Texas
The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions. It is a famous landmark in Austin.

Travis County Parks
The parks of Travis County are great for softball and soccer, family picnics, hiking, nature study, or just leaning back to view a spectacular Hill Country sunset.

Volente Beach Water Park
Water rides and beach on Lake Travis

Wonder World
Texas' most visited cave.  Petting zoo, train ride, anti gravity house and more in San Marcos, Texas.

Zilker Botanical Garden
31 acre botanical garden with themed gardens, a butterfly trail and prehistoric villages.

Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Canoe and kayak rentals on Lady Bird Lake in Austin at Zilker Park.

Texas Landmark=A must-see tourist attraction

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