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Free Activities For Everyone

Free Activities in Austin
The city has plenty to offer in terms of free fun. Check out our favorite things to do.

A Stroll in a Garden. Take a stroll in the Zilker Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the quiet gardens and the beauty of the waterfalls, streams, and koi-filled ponds. 

Hike or bike. For a great hike with scenic views, try a hike or a run at the Barton Creek Greenbelt. A bit rugged and hilly, the 8 mile terrain is a great workout. Austin's Town Lake's Trails is also a great hike, with ten miles of trails winding through downtown Austin through trees and bridges along the shores of the Colorado River. It's one of the most visited trails in Austin and one of the locals' favorite places for a jog, a long run, or a bike ride. A great place to sit, relax and people watch too. 

Volunteer. Spend the day making a difference, and meeting people with similar interests. There are volunteering opportunities all over Austin, and you're likely to find one that you're passionate about. Try Austin Parks, the Austin Museum of ArtAustin Humane Society, and the Habitat for Humanity.

Learn Something New. If you're into the outdoors, attend a free class or an event at the local REI.

Story Times for Kids. These are usually for the under 5 crowd, but are loads of fun for the whole family. Check out the Austin Public Library Youth Services for programs and times. Also,BookPeopleBarnes and Noble, and Pottery Barn Kids all offer weekly story times

Visit the Texas State Capitol. Visit the Texas Capitol any day (except major holidays) for a free guided tour and learn about the state's history. The Capitol building has been recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. More info:

Visit the Capitol Visitor Center before going to the State Capitol for an informative and fun orientation. Admission is Free. More info:

Watch the Bats. From mid-March to early November, take a walk to the Congress Avenue Bridge just before sunset and watch the largest urban bat colony in North America - 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats - take flight from their daytime den under the bridge and go out into the night skies to feed on bugs. It's a must-see sight for anyone visiting the city. Learn more about the bats: