Austin is such a fun place to show off to out-of-town guests. There’s plenty to appeal to anyone who’s here for a visit — grandparents, hip young cousins, friends with new babies in tow. With so many options, we’ve tried to whittle this down to just a handful of top picks for playing tourist in Austin.
— Mount Bonnell: Nothing beats this great view of the city! One of the highest point in Austin, it’s a perfect spot for viewing the city and surrounding hills.
— Texas State Capitol: A visit to the Texas State Capitol Building offers not only a great opportunity to learn a little bit about Texas politics and history, but it also sits on wonderful park-like grounds. Click here for info about free tours.
— Lady Bird Lake: When you really want to feel connected to the community of Austin, a walk along Lady Bird Lake will have you soaking in the city’s happy vibes as you enjoy gorgeous lakeside views of downtown. Click here for plenty of info about walking the Hike & Bike Trail. And click here for info about renting watercraft on the lake.
— Zilker Park: Austinites adore Zilker Metropolitan Park, for good reason! Whether you’re out climbing on the rocks, heading to Barton Springs Pool, or running around the playground, visit the Botanical Garden, digging for dino bones at the Austin Nature & Science Center — Zilker has so many great spots to choose from. Click here for the Zilker Park Visitors Guide.
— HOPE Outdoor Gallery: HOPE Outdoor Gallery provides a colorful, ever-changing landscape of graffiti art where you can get a true sense of Austin’s local artistic scene. Click here to learn more about this graffiti park.
— South Congress Ave.: Who can resist posing for a photo in front of the I love You So Much sign? SoCo is a vibrant area of the city that’s fun for window shopping as well as dining. Click here to learn about the best SoCo has to offer.
— Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Take your friends and family for a nature walk or a picnic surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The Family Garden also includes many opportunities for the little ones to enjoy creative play with a giant bird’s nests made for kids to climb in, a grotto with caves and a waterfall, a maze made of native shrubs, giant tree stumps and limbs for kids to climb on and more. Click here for details about visiting the Wildflower Center.
— Bullock Museum: History buffs will love exploring the Bullock’s three floors of interactive exhibits that tell the “Story of Texas”. Plus you can watch a movie in Austin’s premier IMAX Theatre. Click here to learn about current exhibits, special events and to view the movie schedule.
— Breakfast Tacos: You can’t visit Austin without sampling some of our most delicious variety of breakfast tacos. We’re sure you’ve got your own favorites. But you can also check out this list for Tex-Mex inspiration.
— BBQ: Breakfast tacos in the morning, BBQ for dinner! Anyone coming from out of state is going to expect to be treated to a big, heaping plate of barbecue. Click here for some ideas on where to go for some delicious BBQ.
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Want to go to the theatre? Want to know about special events when your guests are here? Check out our Do512 Family Calendar for details about daily events.
What are your go-to spots for taking visitors? Tell us in the comments below.