The Hotel ZaZa Guide to Austin
Discover the Best Things to Do in Austin
Explore the best of Austin from our convenient downtown location. From cultural attractions including museums and art galleries to historic destinations and popular annual events, there is no shortage of excitement to be found during your stay in Austin. Whether you’re here for a quick weekend getaway or are in town all week, curate your trip itinerary with some of the best things to do in Austin.
A can’t-miss stop on your tour of Austin, the Texas State Capitol is the largest capitol building in the US, standing 14 feet taller than the US Capitol building. The Texas Capitol offers free 30-minute tours of the building where visitors can learn more about its history. Walk the gorgeous grounds and get a closer look at the ornate architecture that makes up this iconic Texas destination.
The true cultural heart of Texas, Austin showcases an exciting array of museums. Walk through history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, spend an afternoon browsing the many galleries of the Blanton Museum of Art, or discover contemporary works by Latino artists at the Mexic-Arte Museum.
A city known for its diverse musical history, Austin is home to countless live music venues featuring a range of styles and genres. Pay a visit to the legendary Continental Club and experience one of Austin’s favorite music venues of more than 60 years. Other local favorite venues include Hole in the Wall, The White Horse, and the Skylark Lounge.
If you’ve visited Austin in the last few years, you’ve likely noticed a big change in the local dining scene. Today, the local food culture revolves around food trucks. Stop by one of the many food truck lots and you’ll never have to compromise when deciding where to eat. Some of the city’s most popular food truck hotspots include the East Riverside Food Trucks, the East 11th Food Trucks, the Rainey Street Food Trucks, and the Midway Food Park.
Austin Convention Center
Located in the heart of downtown, the Austin Convention Center is a massive multi-use event space. With more than 800,000 square feet of space, the convention center plays host to a variety of events and conventions throughout the year. Most notably, the center hosted this year’s SXSW festival.
University of Texas at Austin
Found near Central Austin, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the city’s biggest attractions. Drawing thousands of students, parents, and faculty to the city each year, UT Austin offers lots of opportunity for fun and excitement. On campus, find popular destinations including the Blanton Museum of Art, Cactus Cafe, the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and the LBJ Presidential Library.
Rainey Street Historic District
One of the city’s most popular destinations, Rainey Street is filled with the best dining, arts, and nightlife attractions in Austin. The bustling street features bars with outdoor space — perfect for dogs — as well as live music venues, delicious local dining, and cultural sites including the Mexican American Cultural Center.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Standing over Lady Bird Lake, the Congress Avenue Bridge is an iconic Austin landmark. A lesser known fact about this famous bridge is that it is home 1.5 million bats! A truly unique urban attraction, the “bat bridge” brings in hundreds of tourists every summer night to watch as the bat colony emerges from underneath the bridge.
As one of the most vibrant cities in Texas, Austin hosts a variety of nationally acclaimed events each year. From food and music festivals to sporting events and conferences, explore the best local events during your stay. Some of the city’s most notable annual events include Austin City Limits and South by Southwest (SXSW).
In addition to being a quickly growing urban city, Austin also offers endless outdoor fun. Splash into the blue waters of Barton Springs Pool. Measuring three acres in size, this Austin outdoor destination is perfect for a summer afternoon spent swimming. The springs can be found in Zilker Metropolitan Park. The 358 acre park is one of the largest parks in the city and features disc golf, volleyball, botanical gardens, and more.