Austin, TX, has an average of 300 sunny days every year, so why not get out and enjoy its sunshine? This bustling Southern city boasts endless entertainment. From spring water swimming pools to beautiful trails and rich history, immerse yourself in the Live Music Capital of the World®. Start by taking a virtual tour below.
Take a Virtual Tour of Austin, TX
Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 476-9044
Zilker Park’s Barton Springs Pool is a 3-acre swimming pool fed by three natural underground springs. With an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees, it’s ideal for year-round swimming. The Springs serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs salamander and is listed as a federally protected habitat. Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 18′ with surrounding grassy areas for patrons to lounge upon. Adjacent to the pool bathhouse is Splash!, an educational exhibit where patrons can learn about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer that feeds it.
Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin, TX 78617 • (512) 301-6600
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing, from motor power to human power. It is home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, and more. The facility also includes the Germania Insurance Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space that has hosted some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, including Texas icon Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, Nine Inch Nails, Drake and Kelly Clarkson.
Cool Beans Taco Truck
2908 Fruth St., Austin, TX 78705 • (512) 887-8139
One of many unique food truck concepts in Austin, Cool Beans is inspired by the Latin street cuisine of the Rio Grande Valley. Cool Beans Food Truck recreates favorite hometown dishes using all-natural, organic, animal-free products. Many recipes are made from scratch on-site, from the fresh, homemade corn tortillas and spicy jalapeño salsas to cremas and even the mayo atop their street corn.
Dedrick Hamilton House & African American Cultural & Heritage Facility Center
912 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78702 • (512) 404-4411
Located in the African American Cultural Heritage District of East Austin, the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility facilitates arts, business, cultural and entertainment programming. Next door, the historic Dedrick Hamilton House was built in about 1880 and owned by Thomas Dedrick, one of the first freed slaves in Travis County. The home was in one of the earliest African American communities in East Austin. The fully restored historic house now serves as an African American Visitors Center and retail shop.
Lady Bird Lake & Hike and Bike Trail
Sandra Muraida Way and W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701 • (512) 974-6700
The Hike and Bike Trail includes 10 miles of trails bordering Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. A memorial at Auditorium Shores honors the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Butler Pedestrian Bridge provides a picturesque view of the downtown skyline, and a portion of the trail just east of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge serves as a great viewing spot to witness Austin’s iconic bat population in warmer months. Lady Bird Lake features urban paddling — rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard from one of several rental shops lining the lakeshore.
The White Horse
500 Comal St., Austin, TX 78702 • (512) 553-6756
The White Horse is the place to catch live bluegrass, country-western and Americana bands in Austin, seven nights a week. Come in early for a Texas two-step lesson, then get to dancing alongside newcomers and regulars. You’ll also find pool tables, a piano, seating and a dog-friendly patio with a taco truck.
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