Holidays to Austin
Live music will be the soundtrack to your holiday in Austin, and it is not restricted to the 250 venues. Any space can be a stage, from the local shop to the airport terminal. Most musicians can be found at clubs, coffeehouses, bars and concert halls however. The festival calendar is packed too, and includes gems such as Blues on the Green, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. The music scene in Austin is fresh and transitional, but the breadth of representation never changes and nor does the passion of the residents for their local pastime.
Museums and culture
World-class attractions and museums are dotted all over the city. The Bullock Texas State History Museum has beautifully curated exhibitions from various points in the state’s past. The extraordinary collections at the Harry Ransom Center span almost every subject you can think of and each is designed to inspire inquisitiveness and creativity. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best cinema in the world, according to people who know what they’re talking about; its fans include Quentin Tarantino and Elijah Wood. New releases are programmed alongside cult classics and food and beer are served throughout the film.
No holiday to Austin is complete without an invigorating swim in the open air. Barton Springs Pool is spring-fed and warm all year round, and this popular spot is very convenient for central Austin. Further out, Hamilton Pool is also a natural swimming pond, with a beautiful grotto and a ring of waterfalls as a backdrop. For breathtaking views over the city and surrounding area, try the easy day hike to the summit of Mount Bonnell.
Eating and drinking
There is ample opportunity to sample a truly diverse range of restaurants, bars and clubs in the various districts of Austin. Each has a unique personality and atmosphere, from the edgy scene around the University of Texas to the high-end Downtown restaurants. You won’t forget you’re in Texas, with Texas Barbeque and Tex-Mex on offer on every corner.
Whether you’re drinking coffee, alcohol or juice, there are many places with a fanatical following of loyal patrons. Find your own favourite by exploring the best of what Austin has to offer, from micro-breweries to the late night venues on 6th Street.