- Our list of the best things to do in Austin, Texas, features the top 139 nearby activities — including 49 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Austin, TX has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Amusement, and Food & Drink.
- The results below include the top 38 things to do within the city of Austin, TX , followed by 101 popular activities in nearby cities, including Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, Buda, Georgetown, Lockhart, Marble Falls, Wimberley, Canyon Lake, Johnson City, Bastrop and Norfolk
Organizing expeditions down the Colorado Rivers, Live Love Paddle offers visitors the chance to see city landmarks like the Congress Avenue Bridge with riverfront views. Each tour last 2 hours and includes a kayak rental.
Featuring 10 miles of manicured trails, Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail winds through the lush greenery surrounding the lake. The ideal way to spend an afternoon, walking, jogging or biking, and be sure to visit the Stevie Ray Vaughn memorial.
Named after the president that succeeded John F. Kennedy, the LBJ Presidential Library features forty-five million pages of historical documents and over 643 hours of recorded telephone conversations involving Lyndon Johnson and his associates. Unlike with most libraries, visitors must pay to enter this site.
Finally open to the public in 1888, the State Capitol in Austin is not only impressive in size but also in its design. Taller than the U.S. Capitol, the building and surrounding grounds feature self-guided tours, monuments, and exhibits celebrating Texas.
Visitors of Town Lake are able to rent rowboats and canoes to enjoy Lake Austin on a more intimate level. It is possible to view the heart of downtown from the water-based vantage area with the help of this equipment rental company.
Housed on 351 acres of publicly owned land, Zilker Metropolitan Park is a family destination that includes a spring-fed pool for swimming, picnic areas, hiking trails and a large playground. Visit the park's Zilker Botanical Gardens, or ride a miniature train. A theatre hosts outdoor concerts.
Fed from underground springs and measuring almost 3-acres in size, Barton Springs Pool, has been attracting swimmers to its natural water for decades. Now listed as a federally protected habitat, the pool is open for year round swimming.