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What to do in Austin, Texas

Austin is a lively city full of possibility! Certainly the music and dining options do not disappoint, but the city also offers an impressive number of unique shops, attractions and outdoor activities. As you explore this famous destination, it will soon become one of your new favorite places.

Impressive Shops

Shopping here is described as “eclectic and eccentric” by the city’s Visitors Bureau. Visitors can look forward to an array of shopping districts, each with a unique flavor.


2nd Street District

421 W. Third St.

Tel: (512) 968-4777


Head to West 2nd Street (on both sides of City Hall and beyond) to shop fabulous boutiques such as Girl Next Door, Hemline and Sikara & Co. In true Austin style, coffee shops and wine bars (including Café Ruckus, Daily Juice and Malaga Tapas & Bar) are there when you need to take a break from your retail exploits.


The Domain

11400-A Burnet Rd.

Tel: (512) 834-2900


Craving your favorite national stores and a break from the elements? Make a day at The Domain. You’ll find more than 700,000 square feet of shopping, including anchor stores you know and love. Luxury brands such as Tiffany and Co. and Louis Vuitton are ready to serve you. Everything from Anthropologie to Coach and J. Crew to Zara is waiting for you at The Domain.


Arboretum at Great Hills

10000 Research Blvd.

Tel: (512) 338-4437

If you prefer a mix of indoor and outdoor shopping, put the Arboretum at Great Hills on your shopping list. Enjoy the shade along the pathways and pop into Barnes & Noble or Amy’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat.


Outstanding Attractions:


State Capitol & Extension

1100 Congress Ave.

Tel: (512) 463-4630


This outstanding work of 19th-century architecture is described as “one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols.” As a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll want to sign up for one of their free tours as you learn more about the state’s history and Legislature.


Mexic-Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave.

Tel: (512) 480-9373


The Mexic-Arte Museum houses an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art. Colorful outdoor murals invite visitors to come inside and soak in an afternoon of rich and beloved art in the city of Austin.


The Blanton Museum of Art

MLK at Congress

University of Texas

(512) 471-7324


One of many treasures on the University campus, The Blanton Museum of Art holds “the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas.” Everything from European paintings to modern and contemporary American and Latin American art is within the walls of this captivating place.


Outdoor Adventures:


Zilker Metropolitan Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Tel: (512) 472-4914


Covering more than 400 acres, Zilker Park is your one-stop shop for a full day of outdoor fun. The Natural Pool at Barton Springs is loved by locals and visitors alike. There’s also an impressive playscape for little ones and plenty of room for outdoor sports and exploring.


Lady Bird Johnson Lake (formerly Town Lake)

Interstate 35, Mopac Bridge


Rent a canoe or rowboat on this section of Lake Austin and soak in five miles of downtown sights. There’s also a lovely hike and bike trail for those who want to work off last night’s barbecue feast.


Mount Bonnell

3800 Mt Bonnell Dr.


This picturesque park gives you a stunning vantage point of the city from 800 feet above. Pack a picnic and make sure your camera or smartphone has plenty of charge to capture the stunning cityscape and breathtaking sunset. The lake views and hillsides make traveling to Mount Bonnell a must on your bucket list.


These and countless other offerings will keep you coming back time and again to this alluring and playful place.

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