With all the interesting things to do in Austin, Texas, you may have a hard time deciding what you should do on your vacation. Whether you are taking a weeklong vacation or are just dropping in for the weekend, there are a number of things that you will enjoy in the city. With many different historical and outdoor attractions, there is something for everyone you are traveling with.
10. Rock-About Climbing Adventures
For those thrill-seekers in your group, Rock-About Climbing Adventures is sure to be a great time. With Rock-About you can take courses to learn the ups and downs of rock climbing. You may also choose from about three different locations that are near the Austin area. If you don’t wish to travel far, you will want to choose Barton Creek Greenbelt, as it is the closest to the city. The instructors will help you navigate the rock walls and teach you how to climb. For more information, visit the company’s website or give them call.
9. PubCrawler of Austin
Get a group of friends together and experience PubCrawler of Austin. If you like exploring a new city by visiting bars, this is the tour for you. You have a few options when it comes to different tours, and each has its own price. If you have a group of eight or more, you may want to take a private tour. For smaller groups, you will want to do the SocialSuds Mixer which costs $35 per person. If you want to do a private tour, you may also choose to customize your route, which will be slightly more costly, but you will get exactly what you want. Check out the company website for full details.
8. Austin Aquarium
Kids will have the best time exploring the Austin Aquarium. At the aquarium, you will be able to explore a variety of different marine animals in their habitats, including sharks, jellyfish and many different species of fish. Admission costs less than $12 for children and adults older than 11. Younger guests cost less than $7, and children under two get in free. Catch a show during your visit; you may even sign up for a few special things that to do as well, including a special sleeping with the sharks night, feeding the animals and a morning rounds pass where you can learn about what the keepers do to care for the animals.
7. Zilker Botanical Garden
Located near downtown Austin, this gem is full of beautiful plant species for visitors to enjoy. Take a romantic walk through the Zilker Botanical Garden with your significant other and see the butterflies who make the garden their home. Admission is only $3 per adult and $1 for children under the age of 13. Unlike many other botanical gardens, pets are welcome, but you must clean up after them. There is a full list of garden rules and hours on the garden’s website, which you should look at before you visit.
Take your family or friends on an especially unique brewery tour of the city or take a tubing trip down the river with ATXcursions. The tubing trips allow you to bring your own beverages, but if you want to experience new brews, you should take a brewery tour. You will get to travel to three different breweries and sample their beers, and you may request to stop at the Salt Lick BBQ. To book a tour, you should visit the company’s website. Also on the website are a list of different breweries that you may stop at and answers to common questions.
5. Austin Eats Food Tours
If you are a foodie who likes to explore new cities by dining out, you should check out Austin Eats Food Tours. This company offers five different tour options, so you will be able to pick what best you’re your palate and your schedule. Prices average around $70 per person. One big thing about these tours is that the company prefers that you don’t bring young children along. They ask that only those ages 15 and up come along for the tour. Schedule your food tour today on the company’s website, where you will also see the answers to a few common questions.
4. Esther’s Follies
For a fun night full of laughter, visit Esther’s Follies, where magic meets comedy. This show is friendly to folks of all ages, so feel free to bring the kids without hesitation. If you are interested in going to a show here, you will want to check the calendar on the company’s website. You can also buy tickets online to make sure that you don’t miss out on the fun. If you want to reserve seats, you may, but they do cost extra. Otherwise, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you will want to arrive early. General admission tickets cost $25 per person, while reserved seats may be either $30 or $35.
3. State Capitol
While you are in Austin, take a little trip to the Texas State Capitol. You can either take a self-guided tour or schedule a tour with a guide, which will take about 40 minutes. You may also just want to browse the area to see different exhibits and enjoy the beautiful grounds. Tour hours vary, so be sure to check the capitol’s website before you go. You may also need to schedule a guided tour. There are specialty tours available, so if you want to do something a little different, you can opt for one of those instead.
2. Barton Springs Pool
Located within Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is a cool swimming hole that, due to the underground springs that supply it with water, averages 68 to 70 degree temperatures year-round. Regardless of the season, you can take a dip in a pool that won’t leave you freezing. Hour change depending on the season, so you may want to visit the website to see when you can swim. Admission to the pool is free for children one and under, $3 for kids up to 11, $4 for 11- to 17-year-olds and $8 for those 18 and older. You may consider browsing other parts of the park while you visit the pool, as well.
1. Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
If you only have a weekend, this is a must-see sight! One of the most unique places to visit in Austin is the Congress Avenue Bridge where you can watch bats come out at dusk. This is a season activity, as the bats move south in the colder months. In the spring and summer months, you can head to the bridge shortly before dusk to see the bats emerge. The bridge is usually flooded with people who also want to see the bats, so you may want to head down early.
Although there are many different tourist attractions in Austin, you can rest assured that you will find something that everyone in your group will enjoy. The city has many different tours and outdoor attractions that will keep you entertained, and there are many well-respected restaurants in the area. The best news is that many of these activities won’t break the bank.