Discover a unique and elevated experience in Austin’s bustling campus district. From one of a kind rooftop dining to museums and university stadiums and event centers, here are our favorite things to do, sip, and eat in downtown Austin and around campus.
Our Guide to Austin
Food & Drink
- Burger Bar
- Acre 41
- Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge
- Stella San Jac
- Edge Rooftop + Bar
- OP Italian
- Upstairs at Caroline
- Elephant Room
Things to do
- Congress Ave Bridge
- Darryl K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
- Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Event Center
- Texas State Capitol
- 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 and 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.
Austin was named GOLF Magazine’s “Best Golf City in America.” Tee off on some of the country’s most beautiful and challenging courses.
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."
Inconspicuously located in the middle of the popular Lady Bird Lake, Snake Island is somewhat of a well-kept secret for local kayakers.
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.