Area Information

If you’ve brought your family along or added a day or so onto either end of your trip to Austin, we have some recommendations below for spending some quality time in the area.


Points of Interest

Bridge Bats
Check out one of the world’s largest urban bat colonies, which resides under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Every evening at dusk, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take to the sky. Join the crowds and watch the bats from on top of the bridge or on the east side lawn below. Another popular option is to view the bats from the many hotels in the area, including Fairmont Austin, and restaurants on the Northside of Lady Bird Lake.

Barton Springs
Barton Springs Pool resides within Zilker Park and is considered one of Austin’s crown jewels. The pool measures 3 acres and is fed from underground springs with average temperatures of 70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. This freshwater wonder is home to the Barton Spring Salamander, causing the pool to become a federally protected habitat in 1997. However, swimmers from all over and the salamanders comfortably coexist.

State Capitol
At one time the Texas State Capitol stood as the tallest capitol building in the nation. This structure is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and shows off many of the natural resources prevalent in Texas.

Rainey Street
Rainey Street Historic District started off as a quiet residential street nestled near downtown Austin. Today it is a lively area where renovated houses have turned into bungalow bars, each showcasing a unique personality. Rainey Street is the perfect environment for visitors to experience a multitude of bars, food trucks, and good ole Texas fun.

Franklin’s Barbecue
Franklin’s Barbecue is a must-have experience. Opening in 2009, Aaron Franklin started selling brisket out of a small trailer. Today Franklin’s has grown into one of the most popular, obsessed-over barbeque joints in the country. The restaurant has won multiple awards and has been enjoyed by many celebrities.

The Contemporary Austin
The Contemporary Austin offers diverse, engaging ways to explore contemporary art and culture, including innovative opportunities and experiences for families, young people, artists, and educators. Check it out yourself!

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered on the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Located at 605 Azie Morton Road in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, Texas, the garden is adjacent to Austin's Zilker Park.

Mexic-Arte Museum
Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the collection, preservation, and presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture to promote dialogue and develop understanding for visitors of all ages.

Waterloo Records
A stop every music lover must make is just off W. 6th Street at N. Lamar Boulevard. Waterloo Records is where locals go to buy music. The friendly, expert staff make it a destination, as do visiting musicians who sometimes put on a free show.

Allens Boots
Are you in the market for some real Texas boots? Then you ought to visit the flagship location of Allens Boots, a local landmark on South Congress.

Mount Bonnell in Covert Park
If you crave more time outdoors and some exercise, you can hike to the top of Mount Bonnell in Covert Park for a spectacular view of downtown, Lake Austin, and the Hill Country.

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