About Austin Texas

Our Top 5 Things to do in Austin, Texas

Whether it’s boating on Lake Travis or bat-watching on Town Lake, Austin, Texas provides visitors and residents alike with something to do every day of the year.

1. Tour the State Capitol of Texas

One of the most beloved landmarks in the Lone Star State. Completed in 1888, the pink granite statehouse stands 311 feet high… that’s 14 feet higher than our nation’s capitol!

Hours:
Every 15 minutes from the south entrance foyer on weekdays, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Every 30-45 minutes on weekends from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 512-463-0063

2. Congress Avenue Bats

The largest urban bat colony in North America, as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats depart nightly at sunset, April through October, from beneath the bridge. Free bat viewing area behind the Austin American Statesman building.

Hours: Sunset, April-October
Admission: Free
Contact: 512-327-9721

3. Barton Springs Pool

Swim in the constant 68-degree waters of the artesian spring-fed swimming hole located in Zilker Park.

Hours: Open daily 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Thursdays until 7 p.m.
Admission: $1-$4
Contact: 512-867-3080

4. Mount Bonnell

It’s 99 steps to the top to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city skyline, Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country.

Hours: Open daily, 5 a.m.-10 p.m
Admission: Free, but bring a pair of walking shoes!
Contact: 512-974-6700

5. Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

The heart of Austin is found along a 10.1 mile path bordering Town Lake on its flow through downtown.

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Admission: Free, but bring a pair of walking shoes here too!
Contact: 512-974-6700