What are the best things to do in Austin, TX?

My daughter is going to college at the University of Texas. My husband and I are going to help her move her stuff down in August, but we’re going to stay for about a week to explore the city. What are some of the best things to do in Austin?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 05, 2022
How exciting to be the proud parent of a Longhorn! If you’ve never been to Austin before, it’s something to behold. There’s a reason its motto is Keep Austin Weird. This laidback setting in the middle of Texas is certainly a welcomed anomaly. If you’re ready to get your feet wet in Bat City, here are some of the best things to do:
  • Head down to Sixth Avenue. As parents, you may find the crowd a bit on the young side, but you can hear phenomenal live music any night of the week.
  • Tour the Texas State Capitol. Built in 1885, the capitol building is an excellent demonstration of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. You can also take a free tour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saunter through Zilker Park. As Austin’s so-called most-loved park, Zilker has stunning views of downtown Austin and is home to the Zilker Botanical Garden.
  • Get some barbecue. Barbecue is a staple of the Austin diet, and it’s pretty tasty no matter where you go. Franklin, Terry Black’s and Kerlin are some of the most famous.
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