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Austin’s Awesome Activities

Texas’ Capital City is teeming with historic sites, unique attractions, independent bookstores, great food, and so much more. Here are our suggestions for how to have an awesome time in Austin.

Hit up a museum.

Austin is a historic place, so be sure to check out Austin museums like the Austin Museum of Art, the Austin Nature & Science Center, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum. And this being Capital City, sign up for a tour of the State Capitol Complex.

Read up.

Austin is an immensely literate city thanks to the University of Texas and its unique residents. While here, check out independent bookstores throughout town like BookPeople , Malvern Books, Monkeywrench Books, South Congress Books, Brave New Books, and many more.

Grab a drink.

Hill Country is a hot spot for breweries and distilleries, and is surrounded by wineries. If you're on foot for the night, check out the Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin Beerworks, and Live Oak Brewery – many offering tours.

Outside of the city, try Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco and Spirit of Texas Distillery in Pflugerville.

Go for a swim.

There are more than a few ways to splash around in Austin. Check out Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs Pool, and Deep Eddy Pool. For the clothing-optional inclined, check out Hippie Hollow Park. And if you're just looking to float, try sailing, kayaking, or canoeing on Lady Bird Lake.

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Sixth Street District

Catch a show.

If you've missed the South By Southwest Music Festival, you're certainly not out of luck. Austin is teeming with music venues and live shows. Just walk around the Sixth Street District and keep an ear out for live music.

Watch a movie.

Downtown Austin is also known for hosting Alamo Drafthouse – an independent movie theater showing second-run films, documentaries, and special screenings all accompanied by cold beer.

Eat something.

If you're looking for intimate bistros, incredible breakfast burritos, and Texas-style (duh) barbeque, then Austin is your town. Some only-in-Austin establishments include Hoek's Death Metal Pizza, Russian House, Wink, and Lamar District staples like Odd Duck and Barley Swine.

Go shopping.

Start with the Austin City Wide Garage Sale, or check out the boutique shops in SoCo or the 2nd Street District. Other shopping areas include Barton Creek Square Mall, Highland Mall, Lakeline Mall, and the Round Rock Premium Outlets.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus Austin Airport Inn & Suites

1805 Airport Commerce Drive, Austin TX 78741-4538
Phone: +1 512-386-5455  |  Fax: (512) 386-5479  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel

2200 S I H 35, Austin TX 78704-4436
Phone: +1 512-444-0561  |  Fax: (512) 444-7254  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Bastrop Pines Inn

107 Hunters Crossing Boulevard, Bastrop TX 78602
Phone: +1 512-321-0900  |  Fax: (512) 321-0901  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites

2218 Highway 281 N, Blanco TX 78606-5356
Phone: +1 830-833-5697  |  Fax: (830) 833-0260  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Post Oak Inn

908 Buchanan Drive, Burnet TX 78611-2325
Phone: +1 512-756-4747  |  Fax: (512) 756-7839  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Cedar Inn

425 E Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park TX 78613-9014
Phone: +1 512-259-7300  |  Fax: (512) 260-8200  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Georgetown Inn & Suites

600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard, Georgetown TX 78626-5627
Phone: +1 512-868-8555  |  Fax: +1 512-868-8555  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Giddings Inn & Suites

2161 E Hempstead Street, Giddings TX 78942
Phone: +1 979-542-5000  |  Fax: (979) 542-3400  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Johnson City Inn

107 S US Highway 281, Johnson City TX 78636
Phone: +1 830-868-4044  |  Fax: (830) 868-0848  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western La Grange Inn & Suites

600 E State Highway 71 Bypass, La Grange TX 78945-4420
Phone: +1 979-968-6800  |  Fax: (979) 966-0959  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Marble Falls Inn

1403 N Highway 281, Marble Falls TX 78654-4505
Phone: +1 830-693-5122  |  Fax: (830) 693-3108  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Executive Inn

1851 N IH-35, Round Rock TX 78664-2001
Phone: +1 512-255-3222  |  Fax: (512) 255-9273  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Taylor Inn

2600 W 2nd Street, Taylor TX 76574-4901
Phone: +1 512-352-5292  |  Fax: (512) 352-3536  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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