Start your Austin vacation at the official Austin Visitor Center & Gift Shop. Pick up free maps and brochures and enjoy complimentary WiFi, clean restrooms, a cell phone recharge station and Austin and Texas-themed gifts, novelties and oddities. Let their friendly staff help you pick the tour or activity that's best for you, then book directly in store or online. History lovers will love the Downtown Guided Walking Tours, led by knowledgeable Visitor Center guides.
The Live Music Capital of the World® plays to a diverse population of cultures, political leanings and lifestyles. Take a look around and see everything our capital city has to offer for visitors of all backgrounds. If you're interested in Austin's Cultural Heritage, discover a wealth of museums, culinary styles, music genres, art and independent businesses.
THINGS TO DO IN AUSTIN, TX
- Listen to live music.Austin's celebrated live music scene includes more than 250live music venues with just about every genre represented; this is the Live Music Capital of the World® after all! We recommend checking out one of Austin's many iconic music venues. A few favorites include ACL Live at the Moody Theater (where the famed public television show is filmed) The Saxon Pub, Hotel Vegas, Antone's and the White Horse for a little two-steppin’ fun!
- Take a Tour.For a fun and Austin experience, go on an expedition with one of Austin’s many local tour companies. Get a taste of the best food trucks in town with Austin Eats Food Tours, see the city from two wheels with a Barton Springs Bike Rentalbike tour, go behind the scenes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater or see the top sights in 90 minutes with AO Tours. There's something for everyone!
- Get outdoors.The Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trailis just steps from the Austin Convention Center and is a great way to run catch a stunning view of Austin's skyline. Or, spend a sunny afternoon in a kayak or stand up paddleboard on the lake, hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt, take a refreshing dip in historic Barton Springs Pool or play 18 holes at one of Austin's many scenic golf coursesFind a more comprehensive list.
- Visit a film location.Austin was named by Moviemaker magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker." Film buffs should visit locations from movies and shows filmed in and around Austinincluding Boyhood, Dazed and Confused and True Grit. Keep an eye out, you may even spot a big-name filming around town!
- Enjoy one of Austin's many bars for cocktails, Texas wine or craft beer.Make a new friend and get to know each other over a margarita or locally distilledcraft cocktail with Tito’s Vodka. From grapevines to hops, Austin serves up local, craft libations sure to please every palate. Be sure to visit one of our local craft breweries on the weekend for a pint and a tour, or spend an afternoon exploring the scenic Hill Country wine trail.
- Witness International Racing in Action.It's no secret that this is a sports town. And we have the world-class facilities to prove it. Visit Circuit of The Americas, the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S., for annual events like the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the ARX Americas Rallycrossand the INDYCAR Classic.
- Shop Local on South Congress.Vintage shops, used bookstores and unique gift shops abound in this eclectic, funky stretch studded with casual eateries, cafes and bars. While you’re here, marvel at the costumes at Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, shop Mexican folk art and jewelry at Tesoros Trading Company, find your next staple piece at Sunroomand pick up a pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots. Guys won’t want to miss the trendy styles at hot spots like Co-Star and Service Menswear.
- Go bat watching. Yes. Bats!Austin has the largest urban bat colony in North America. Park yourself near the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk or take a sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake from April to October to witness more than 1.5 million bats spiral into the summer sunset.
- Eat barbecue and Tex-Mex.You shouldn’t visit Austin without trying what we're most known for - BBQand Tex-Mex. There are too many spots to name for just one visit, but it’s hard to go wrong with a tray overflowing with slow-smoked brisket or foil-wrapped tacos direct from a food trailer. Wondering where to begin? Here’s a good rule of thumb: the longer the line, the better. If you don't eat meat, don’t worry. Many iconic restaurants around town serve up a selection of vegetarian and vegan options. But remember, vegetarians can eat queso too! We're also known for our unique food trucks, which can be found all over town. If you leave hungry, you're just not doing it right.
- Explore Texas history.Go for a stroll Congress Avenue to see Mexic-Arte Museum, the Texas State Capitol(open 24 hours a day with regular, free tours) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. From there, head to central Austin’s Cultural Campus, around the University of Texas at Austin. This area is home to world-class museums like the Blanton Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center and more. For a more casual history lesson, explore some of Austin’s historic districts and sites
AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is a state-of-the-art airport with 25 gates, full customs facilities ready for the international traveler, TSA Pre-Check, Border Protection's Global Entry program and more.
Getting to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - and all around town - is easy. Get to know the airport, your transportation options before your flight, so you can arrive easy and make the most of your visit. Find your way around town with helpful MapsMaps and bike routes, and Transportation information for bus and MetroRail routes, bike and scooter rentals, pedicabs and more. Want to know more about the weather before you travel? Find out how best to take advantage of the seasons with our guide to Austin Weather & Seasons.
Getting to and from the airport - and all around town - is easy. Most major rental car companies are available at AUS, and other standard transportation options include the Capital Metro Bus Line and ride-hailing services from companies such as Uber, Lyft and Ride Austin. SuperShuttle is also available to transport passengers from the airport to locations around the city. Frequent shuttle service to downtown is available for those that want to explore Austin's many diverse entertainment districts. Find everything from trendy shops and restaurants to cool live music venues, renowned museums and galleries and scenic outdoor destinations, all within a short drive from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
"Drive friendly" is one of state mottos, and Austin is no exception. Most major rental car and ride-hailing companies are available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and other standard transportation options include:
Find more information about the airport and travel tips at www.austintexas.gov/airport.
Explore Downtown Austin, get to know their compact nightlife and entertainment districts. See a wider view of the city of Austin and surrounding towns, including major highways and points of interest with the Austin City Map. PDF FileDownload PDF. Get to your destination on time, find routes and service areas with the Capital Metro Schedule and Maps. Scope out Austin's 10-mile Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, find the best viewpoints and download a printable map with the interactive Lady Bird Lake Trail Map. Find the quickest and safest bicycle routes throughout the city with the online Austin Bicycle Maps.
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