Our Guide to Austin

Food & Drink

  • Elephant Room

Things to do

  • South by Southwest
  • Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata
  • HOPE Outdoor Gallery
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

Things to do in the campus district in downtown Austin

  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Two weekends in October, each loaded with an outstanding lineup of world-famous musical acts.

  • Blanton Museum of Art

    The Blanton Museum of Art showcases an awe-inspiring collection that includes ancient Greek pottery, Renaissance-era paintings, and Latin American art.

  • Brewery & Distillery Tours

    Discover why Austin is one of the best beverage destinations in America, from the nearby Zilker Brewing Co. to the moonshine haven of Crystal Creek on the outskirts of town.

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum

    Its mission is to tell “the Story of Texas.” Just steps from The Otis, this museum examines the state’s historic past with a variety of fascinating exhibits.

  • Championship Golf

    Austin was named GOLF Magazine’s “Best Golf City in America.” Tee off on some of the country’s most beautiful and challenging courses.

  • Elephant Room

    Locals have enjoyed “cool jazz in the basement since 1991” at this Austin sweet spot where booze meets brass.

  • HOPE Outdoor Gallery

    A magnificent display of graffiti art in a space rejuvenated by HOPE — a creative, collaborative and socially conscious nonprofit.

  • Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

    Home to a curious assortment of oddities, this family-run museum has made it their mission to "preserve endangered modes of collection."

  • Snake Island

    Inconspicuously located in the middle of the popular Lady Bird Lake, Snake Island is somewhat of a well-kept secret for local kayakers.

  • Sometimes Island

    Aptly named for its occasional appearance, Sometimes Island is a historic landmark that comes and goes with the water level in Lake Travis.

  • South by Southwest

    Austin's iconic film and music festival runs for 10 days and attracts visitors from all over the world.

  • Upstairs at Caroline

    Upstairs at Caroline is Austin's premier urban backyard party. The cocktails are flowing; your koozied beer is in one hand, and a brisket taco is in the other. Catch the game or pick your game: giant Jenga, Foosball, Shuffleboard and of course Cornhole. Don't limit happy to an hour!