New Year's Eve fireworks
As the site of the official Austin New Year's Eve party, this is going to be the most populated spot to watch the fireworks. But there will be plenty to keep you entertained as the crowds continue to grow: food trucks, live music, art and more.
Sure, taking the steep climb up Mount Bonnell might be the last thing you want to do after celebrating throughout the day, but the view of the fireworks is bound to be incredible from here. There's free parking along the road and pets are welcome—just be sure to snag a spot early.
Our unofficial backyard, Zilker Park will be clear of the Trail of Lights come New Year's Eve and prime for fireworks watching. It will also be crowded, so come early, stake out a spot, bundle up and settle in for a night of revelry and lights.
The Pennybacker Bridge—also known as the 360 Bridge—is the perfect spot for snapping sunset photos, taking in a quintessential Austin vista and watching the New Year's Eve fireworks show. It's a short, 10 minute hike to the 360 Overlook, so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
The Congress Ave bridge isn't just for bats—it's an ideal spot for watching the sky light up on New Year's Eve. You may have to throw some elbows to secure a good spot, but the struggle is worth it.
Used by both pedestrians and cyclists, the Pflugerville Pedestrian Bridge crosses Lady Bird Lake alongside Lamar Boulevard Bridge. It'll be a prime spot for watching the fireworks and, like the Congress Ave bridge, fairly crowded. Just have patience, and keep your eyes to the sky.
If hanging out on a bridge or at a park to watch the fireworks doesn't appeal to you, a rooftop bar might be just the ticket. Though, speaking of tickets—be sure to check in with each bar to see whether they're throwing their own NYE party.