Why go? Stroll the stunning Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Botanical Gardens, rent a canoe or kayak the tranquil waterways (including Lady Bird Lake), and cool off in the Barton Springs Pool. Or just bring a cooler stuffed with all your faves for a leisurely picnic in the park.
These days, visitors are downright spoiled with things to do in Austin. The city’s population continues to expand rapidly, and scene long ago reached the kind of hip metropolis status that no other Texan city has been able to beat.
And how could they? Austin has a crowd-pleasing live music history that attracts big-name talent the world over, a diverse restaurant scene that cooks up more than just tacos and BBQ, and let’s not forget all that fresh air and access to nature. And with downtown perched by a lake, and just a short distance to nearby swimming holes and hundreds of parks, outdoor recreation ranks high in just about every Austinite’s weekend plans.
It's no wonder that people aren't just visiting the Texas state capital—they’re interested in putting down roots (we see you, Sandy Bullock). Heading this way yourself? Our guide to the best things to do in Austin will keep you on your toes.
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