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Austin's Must-See and Do List

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Austin is a fun city to visit, not too big but with a lot to see and do. With a great climate year round and an eclectic live music scene, you'll find great places to visit during the day and a great nightlife scene that's suitable for singles, couples, and families.


1. Ride the Austin Ducks. Take a tour on the ducks - 75 minutes of sightseeing on land and in water. Tour the city's Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor's Mansion, and Lake Austin. Tours are a lot of fun for visitors and locals alike; they're lively and the drivers are very entertaining. More info: http://www.austinducks.com/

2. 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: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/capitol/texcap.htm
Tip: Visit the Capitol Visitor Center before going to the State Capitol for an informative and fun orientation. Admission is Free. More info: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/CVC/home/home.html. Want more Texas history? Check out the Bob Bullock History Museum just around the corner, and enjoy learning about the Texas culture through fun exhibits and IMAX movies. More info: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

3. Hike or Bike in Austin Town Lake's Trails. 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. More info: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/trails.htm



4. Take a Swim at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. A natural spring-fed pool that's always a comfortable 68 degrees, perfect for swimming year round. With over 3 acres, it's the fourth largest natural springs in the state. It's a popular place for locals, especially on the weekends, and one of the city's most popular hangouts in the summer. More info: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm

5. Visit the Zilker Botanical GardensAfter your swim, take a stroll or sit on a bench in the Zilker Botanical Garden (entrance is free), and enjoy the 31 acres of lush green gardens and the vibrant plants bursting with color. If you're there in March, make sure to attend the Garden's Festival. More info:http://www.zilkergarden.org/

6. Watch the Bats. If you're in the city 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: http://www.batcon.org/index.php/get-involved/visit-a-bat-location/congress-avenue-bridge.html

7. Listen to the Music. Austin's known as the Live Music Capitol of the World because of the abundant music and nightlife scene. One of Austin's most popular streets, Sixth Street, is filled with popular music venues, bars, and restaurants. Combine Live Music with Texan Barbeque at Stubb's Bar Bar-B-Q, a gem in downtown Austin, featuring internationally-known music acts in a variety of genres and great brisket. See our Live Music page for more venues.