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About Austin

As the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin sways to the strum of its own guitar. It is the state Capital, home of the University of Texas and gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Austin offers urban hiking trails, legendary barbecue and farm-to-table cuisine. The city has more than 250 live music venues where on any given night the sounds of rock, country, indie and Tejano music echo throughout the streets.

Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. One thing is sure, Austin has more to offer than you will have time for.


There is much to see and do in Austin but here are some of our favorites

Visit the Texas State Capital

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m.


Rent a kayak or SUP and paddle on Ladybird Lake or on Barton Creek into the Colorado River. It’ll give you a different perspective of Austin.

Explore Zilker Park and go for a swim at Barton Springs Municipal Pool

Zilker Park is a 361-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown, right off Lady Bird Lake. The park was founded in 1917 and is home to picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters. The park is also the host to great events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin Kite Festival.

Walk or bike the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

You can hit the trail right from the hotel and go exploring the green urban oasis of Austin

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

With Texas’ largest collection of touchable sculpture, the UMLAUF is devoted to the work of Charles Umlauf (American, 1910-1994). With over 50 sculptures in a peaceful 6-acre garden near Barton Springs, the UMLAUF rotates exhibitions of Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors and offers numerous events for visitors of all ages, including monthly Family Days, a Fall Festival, Classical Garden, gallery tours, and free lectures on art.

Take a dance lesson at the Broken Spoke Honky-tonk

Dance lessons are on from Wednesday to Saturday night from 8pm to 9pm. Most nights will be followed by live country music.

Visit Austin has created a wonderful attendee guide where you can read up on attractions. Top things to do, restaurants, outdoor adventures, live music, shopping, tours and activities, insider deals and more.