Entertainment Spots And Attractions
Austin Duck Adventures
A narrated, 75-minute land-and-lake tour in an amphibious vehicle through downtown.
209 E Sixth St | 512-477-5274
Austin Ghost Tours
Downtown walking tours offered Saturday and Sunday nights year-round. Reservations are required.
617 Congress Ave | 512-853-9826
Austin Nature and Science Center
Camps, exhibits and animal showcase.
301 Nature Center Drive | 512-327-8181
Austin Steam Train
Vintage trains make varied runs throughout the year.
Rescued animals from Texas and around the world, petting zoo and train.
10807 Rawhide Trail | 512-288-1490
Barton Creek Greenbelt (Texas Outside)
Barton Creek Greenbelt is a popular area for hiking with 7.9 miles of trails following the path of Barton Creek. Depending on rainfall the creek offers many swimming holes. There are also popular rock climbing walls along the trail and a rope swing or two.
Barton Springs Swimming Pool
Considered by many to be the premiere swimming hole in town, this 900 plus foot pool in Zilker Park was formed when Barton Springs was dammed.
Bats In Flight
The Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge over Lady Bird Lake is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Mid-March through early November. The American-Statesman has a free bat-viewing area at:
305 S Congress Ave, Inside Line | 512-416-5700
Bear Creek Stables Inc
Lighted arenas, English and Western riding lessons.
13017 Bob Johnson Rd | 512-282-0250
March through May is when our State Flower is blanketing the countryside. Discover where to see the best blooms and other bluebonnet facts and trivia.
Historic district bound by Seventh, Eighth, San Antonio and Guadalupe streets in downtown Austin. The Convention and Visitors Bureau offers tours on weekends march through November.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Located at the conrner of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd, the bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is an easy walk from the State Capitol to the south and the UT campus to the north.
Boat tours on Lady Bird Lake.
208 Barton Springs Rd | 512-480-9264
Capitol Visitors Center
Center is in the old General Land Office Building, the oldest state office building.
112 E 11th Street | 512-305-8400
Chaparral Ice Centers
Ice skating, video games and a hockey program.
14200 N Interstate 35 | 512-252-8500 and 2525 Anderson Lane | 512-451-5102
Congress Avenue and Sixth Street
Guided walking tour of downtown includes historic buildings such as the 1915 Paramount Theatre and the 1886 Driskill hotel. Wheelchair accessible; parking free on weekends.
The lure of Hamilton Pool is its 45 foot waterfall, but there's also picnicking, hiking, and swimming.
J & M Aviaries
Home to more than 60 species of exotic birds and other animals. Animal encounter shows Saturdays and Sundays.
8647 U.S. 290 West | 512-288-2199
Amusement park for families with children 10 and younger. Rides and miniature golf.
4800 W Howard Lane | 512-255-4131
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Established by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982, the nonprofit center promotes and preserves native plants.
4801 La Crosse Avenue | 512-292-4100
Lone Star Riverboat
Double-decker, paddle wheel riverboat cruises on Lady Bird Lake.
Mabel Davis District Park
Austin's first skate park with a skate bowl and streetscape elements, Olympic-size swimming pool, playscape and picnic area.
3427 Parker Lane | 512-441-5247
3427 Parker Lane | 512-441-5247
Bowling alley, laser tag, wall climbing, billiards and a restaurant.
13301 N U.S. 183 | 512-401-0000
Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Bowling, roller skating, arcade, movie theater and more.
1156 Hargrave Street | 512-472-6932
Visitors can picnic atop this 785-foot limestone hill with panoramic views of Lake Austin, downtown and the University of Texas.
3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Old Bakery and Emporium
1876 structure listed in the National Register of historic Palaces. Gift shop and confectionery.
1006 Congress Avenue | 512-477-5961
Dating back to before World War I, the Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue is just down the street from the State Capitol.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
Two minature golf courses and video games.
1207 Barton Springs Road | 512-472-1033
Playland Skate Center
Roller skating and in-line skating.
8822 McCann Drive | 512-452-1901
In-line skating, skateboarding and BMX biking. Lessons availbale.
10355 Texas 29, Liberty Hill | 512-515-7600
Skate World Austin
Roller skating, lessons, roller hockey leagues and video games.
9514 Anderson Mill Road | 512-431-8939
Tours of the Capitol and underground extension.
11th Street and Congress Avenue | 512-463-0063
Texas State Cemetery
Burial ground dating to 1851 for Republic of Texas founders, jurists, writers and elected officials who have made the state what it is today. Monuments include the works of charles Umlauf, Elisabet Ney and Pompeo Coppini. Tours available.
909 Navasota Street | 512-463-0605
Texas Union Underground
Located on the University of Texas campus, the Union Underground offers bowling, billiards, arcade games and a laptop lounge.
Texas Union, 24th and Guadalupe streets. | 512-475-6670
Town Lake, Now Known as Lady Bird Lake
In the shadow of downtown is one of Austin's treasures - Formerly known as Town Lake. This spot along the Colorado River is a popular site for walking, biking, picnics, concerts, bat-watching, and peddle boats, canoes, riverboat rides, and much more.
500-year-old famed live oak is the last surviving tree of a grove that once sheltered Comanches and Tonkawas. The tree made international news in 1989 when it was poisoned.
Fifth and Baylor streets. | 512-440-5150
University of Texas Tower
Landmark on the University of Texas campus made headlines August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman opened fire on pedestrians from the tower, killing 14 people and wounding 31. Reopened in 1999, the tower offers panoramic views of the city. Call for tour availability.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
224-acre sanctuary for native plants, animals and birds, including some endangered species. Some trails are wheelchair accessible. Weekend, stargazer and moonlight tours.
805 N Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) | 512-327-7622
Zilker Botanical Garden
31-acre botanical garden features a butterfly trail and themed gardens, including pioneer and prehistoric villages.
2220 Barton Springs Road | 512-477-8672
Downtown park includes Barton Springs, a spring-fed swimming pool, picnicking, a hillside theater, playground and a miniature train.
2100 Barton Springs Road | 512-867-3080
The Candle Factory
Visitors can watch satin-finished tapers and basket candles take shape. Exit 259 off Interstate 35, a half-mile south of downtown Georgetown.
4411 S I-35 | 512-863-6025
Three nationally registered historic districts. Georgetown History and Visitor Information Center:
101 W Seventh Street | 800-436-8696
Inner Space Cavern
Guided tours include a new 'Explorer's Tour,' which takes visitors on an extended cavern trail. Exit 259 off Interstate 35, a half-mile south of downtown Georgetown.
4200 S Interstate 35 | 512-931-2283
Fall Creek Vineyards
Winery near Lake Buchanan has tours, tastings and retail shop.
1820 County Road 222 in Tow, 80 miles northwest of Austin | 325-379-5361
Vanishing Texas Cruises
Boat trips through canyons.
16942 RM 2341, 65 miles northwest of Austin on Lake Buchanan | 800-474-8374 or 512-756-6986
Volente Beach Water Park
Water rides, beah and lagoon on Lake Travis. April-September.
16107 RM 2769 | 512-258-5109
The Chisholm Trail
A recognized historic district of eight buildings that predate the Civil War is part of the legendary cattle-drive trail.
Sam Bass Road south to RM 620 | 512-218-7094
Putt N Funn Zone - A Family Fun Center
Family Funn Entertainment includes miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts, arcades, lazer tag, water wars and a paintball challenge park.
301 Chisholm Trail | 512-255-3866
Rock'n River Family Aquatic Center
Amenities provided are a lazy river, crazy slides, water playground, tunnel showers, water cannon, floor geysers and zero beach entry play area. Daily admission fees apply.
3300 Palm Valley Blvd | 512-671-2737
Round Rock Express Game At The Dell Diamond
This field is perfect for the family as it offers baseball, picnic area, and a fun zone with a rock wall, and a pool area. Check out the various party and group packages that are offered.
3400 East Palm Valley Blvd | 512-255-2255
Round Rock Premium Outlets
Chelsea Premium Outlets recently opened this 125 outlet store center in Round Rock in 2007 featuring designer stores such as BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Coach and more.
4401 N Interstate 35 | 512-863-6688
Natural Bridge Caverns
60-foot limestone bridge spans the entrance. cahllenging 'adventure tour' offered, in which visitors are outfitted with caving gear and crawl through undeveloped rooms and passages.
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road | 210-651-6101
Two-mile stretch along San Antonio River that offers boat tours, shops and restaurants.
Sea World San Antonio
250-acre marine theme park home to Shamu, beluga whales and sea lions, more than 25 rides, shows and attractions. March - November.
Texas 151 West at Westover Hills Blvd | 800-700-7786
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Amusement park includes rides and water park. March - October. Interstate 10 West, Exit 555.
17000 W Interstate 10 | 210-697-5050