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Circuit of the Americas

Things to do, Sport events Greater Austin
Circuit of the Americas
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If you’re an avid live music fan, you may want to check COTA’s website for concert listings before you plan your visit; aside from the 3.4-mile racetrack (home to the only Formula 1 race in America, the United States Grand Prix), the complex is home to Austin360 Amphitheater, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas, which since opening in 2012 has hosted some of music’s biggest artists, including Kanye West, KISS and local legend Willie Nelson. For racing fans who just want to see the track—which features a ride up Turn 1, a 133-foot rise with panoramic views from the top of the surrounding hill country—you can catch a guided tour on Saturday or Sunday. If neither racing nor live music are in your wheelhouse, COTA is still worth a visit for a trip to the top of its iconic 25-story Observation Tower, which provides a clear view of the Austin skyline—you won’t want to miss that awe-inspiring perspective!

By: David Brendan Hall


Venue name: Circuit of the Americas
Address: 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm; tours Sat, Sun 10am-4pm
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