Have you ever wondered what the most popular things to do in Austin are? How would you approach all Austin has to offer if you were a tourist? We looked on Trip Advisor to get their ranking of the Top 15 Things to do in Austin. Check them out below!
SIGHTSEEING TOURS. Austin has a variety of sightseeing tours to choose from! You can go by boat/kayak, car, bus, bike, Segway or walking.
ROOM ESCAPE GAMES. This is a super fun group activity where you are locked in a room with clues on how to solve the mystery to find the key to unlock the room. There are different possible scenarios such as a prison escape, and you have 60 minutes to complete the challenge.
ZACH THEATRE. Zach Theatre is in its 85th year and offers three different venues offering a variety of theatrical and musical performances. For more information, visit zachtheatre.org.
THE MOODY THEATRE. Moody Theatre is a favorite venue among Austinites for seeing incredible musicians in an intimate setting. This theatre also hosts ACL Live (more info below).
LADY BIRD LAKE HIKE-AND-BIKE TRAIL. This popular trail features 10 miles downtown Austin bordering Lady Bird Lake and is a favorite for fitness enthusiasts. It’s a popular spot for walkers, runners and cyclists. You can also check out the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue along the trail by Auditorium Shores.
LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. The LBJ Library is located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. It is one of 14 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library offers many features and exhibits that explore the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. For more information, visit lbjlibrary.org.
GEAR RENTALS. There are lots of options for exploring Austin on your own or with a group. There a variety of gear offerings such as bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and even motorcycles!
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE. Austin City Limits Live is a weekly television show that features musical performances and appears on PBS. For more information, visit acltv.com and for a calendar of events and to buy tickets visit www.acl-live.com/caendar.
TEXAS STATE CEMETARY. The establishment of the cemetery began in 1851 and serves as the final resting places for a variety of individuals who contributed to making Texas what it is today including Governors, Senators, Judges, Congressmen, and other legendary Texans. For more information, visit cemetary.tspb.texas.gov.
TEXAS STATE CAPITOL. The Texas State Capitol features stunning architecture with a distinctive dome featuring the Goddess of Liberty at the top and is located downtown Austin. This capitol was completed and dedicated in 1888. You can tour the capitol on its own or as part of another tour. For more information, visit tspb.texas.gov/prop/tc/tc/capitol.html.
ZILKER METROPOLITAN PARK. Zilker Park is an expansive park located along Barton Springs Road. This enormous park hosts a variety of events and festivals such as Austin City Limits each fall. Additional amenities include the Barton Springs Pool, the Austin Nature Science Center, Zilker Hillside Theatre, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin Sunshine Camps, Zilker Botanical Garden, and more! For more information, visit zilkerpark.org.
BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM. The Bullock Texas State History Museum offers a unique opportunity to learn about and explore the history of Texas. There are a variety of artifacts and exhibits and other offerings. For more information, visit thestoryoftexas.com.
THE DRISKILL HOTEL. This stunning hotel was built in 1886 and is located in the heart of downtown Austin on 6th This hotel offers luxurious accommodations and is a fabulous place to just walk in and explore the lobby and restaurant even if you don’t stay the night. For more information, visit www.driskillhotel.com.
TEXAS MILIARY FORCES MUSEUM. Located on the base of Camp Mabry, The Texas Military Forces Museum offers free admission and a variety of exhibits and collections on the history of the Texas Military. For more information, visit texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org.
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER. Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes, the mission of the center is, “…we use native plants to restore and create healthy, beautiful landscapes. We carry out our mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through our gardens, research, education, consulting and outreach programs.” For more information, visit wildflower.org.
“www.zachtheatre.org,” Zach Theatre.
“www.lbjlibrary.org,” LBJ Presidential Library.
“www.acltv.com,” Austin City Limits.
“www.acl-live.com/caendar,” Austin City Limits Live.
“www.cemetary.tspb.texas.gov,” Texas State Cemetary.
“www.tspb.texas.gov/prop/tc/tc/capitol.html,” The Texas Capitol.
“www.zilkerpark.org,” Zilker Park.
“www.thestoryoftexas.com,” Bullock Museum.
“www.driskillhotel.com,” Driskill Hotel.
“www.texasmilitaryforecesmuseum.org,” Texas Military Forces Museum.
“www.wildflower.org,” Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.