Best Austin, TX Attractions

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    10. Mount Bonnell

    Mount Bonnell has been a major attraction in Austin since the 1850s. This scenic overlook is the highest point in the Austin City Limits. It requires a climb up many steps, but once you get to the top, the view over...

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    6. Austin Duck Tour

    A fun, narrated, amphibious tour of downtown Austin end with a splash on Lake Austin. Tour Austin inside one of the unsinkable, US coast guard inspected, Hydra Terra vehicles. Austin Duck Tour is Austin's best tour...

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    4. Texas State Capitol

    Austin is not only the home of the University of Texas, but the Texas State Capitol Building. The Capitol grounds span 22 acres and feature historical buildings, 17 monuments, and beautifully landscaped lawns in...

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    3. Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits still remains as the main focal point of Austin live music scene. Initially created to celebrate the music of Texas--featuring western swing, Texas blues, Tejano music, progressive country, and...

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    2. Zilker Botanical Garden

    This 350-acre park in the Barton Springs area is open year-round and free to visit. The park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next...

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About Austin, TX Attractions

One of the best Austin attractions is actually the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is popular not for its architecture or aesthetics, but for the bats that roost underneath. Otherwise, the eclectic range of sights and activities in Austin has enough variety to appeal to just about every traveler. Outdoor pursuits, from swimming to hiking to team sports, are easily accessed at the city's several public parks, such as Zilker or Town Lake, or at nearby state parks like McKinney Falls. Art aficionados will want to visit one of the city's half-dozen art museums; families can find the fun at Volente Beach Waterpark, the Austin Zoo, the Nature and Science Center and the Children's Museum.

About Kim Goodin

Kim Goodin has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, stopping for a year or two in places such as London and Denver. Aside from road trips, she enjoys animals and books, and has many of both. She will read almost anything, but particularly enjoys biographies, Southern gothic fiction, mysteries, classic British novels, and cookbooks. When her...  Read more »

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