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Have it all in Austin

Despite being the vibrant, rapidly-growing capital of Texas, Austin has retained its small-town heart. The city welcomes almost 30 million visitors every year, who choose Austin holidays for their fun food scene, great live music and outdoor escapades. There’s a real community spirt in Austin and its friendly residents are quick to welcome you to the city and point you in the right direction.

Holidays to Austin truly are a foodie’s paradise. Famous for its rustic food trucks, this is the place to experience some of the country’s most exquisite flavours and get a taste of Austin’s contemporary food scene. Austin has a uniquely creative spirit, and not only in the food it dishes up. The city is full of artists, so artwork isn’t confined to the walls of galleries and museums. Colourful murals and street art exhibits are all over the place, so you can easily snap a few pictures.

Austin has plenty of natural beauty spots, too, so it’s ideal for adventurers. For an incredible view of Lake Austin, the city and the surrounding hills, hike its highest point, Mount Bonnell. The stunning sunset views make for a romantic spot for couples. Bird Lake should also be on your list. You can follow trails through verdant parks and eat lunch by the peaceful water.

For a slice of Austin’s history, make sure you visit grand Texas State Capitol, LBJ Presidential Library and Bullock Texas State History Museum. Holidays to Austin are a great choice for families, too, as kids will love Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin Zoo and visiting one of the many swimming holes.

Stay in Downtown to be a stone’s throw from the top tourist attractions, ancient landmarks, and fine-dining restaurants. East Austin is the artsy quarter, frequented for its old-school dive bars, abundance of galleries and independent shops. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more, and start planning your holiday to Austin.

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Things to do in Austin

Visions of tasty tacos and talented musicians usually come to mind when you think of Austin, but the city is also known for its nocturnal animals that come out to play at sunset. For a truly unforgettable experience, head to Congress Avenue Bridge from late March to early autumn. After undergoing renovation in 1980, it’s now an ideal bat cave and home to migrating Mexican free-tailed bats.

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Austin’s wacky personality is reflected perfectly with the Cathedral of Junk, an art exhibit built out of used furniture and home goods. And this quirkiness extends into its boutique shopping. South Congress is bursting with art galleries and stores selling everything from colourful cowboy boots and eccentric antiques to traditional sweets and vintage clothing.

Far from just an urban experience, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get involved with, including the Barton Creek Greenbelt caves.

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Austin food scene

Austin’s streets are a treasure trove of excellent eateries and you might find it hard to work out where to start. To navigate the eclectic food scene, start at the colourful food trucks – many of which are complete works of art. With over 1,000 food vendors across the city at any one time, you can take your pick from every single type of cuisine. Veracruz All Natural, which serves up delicious Mexican treats, is a local institution.

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Banger’s Sausage and Beer Garden is famous for its comfort food and selection of 100 craft beers from Austin’s largest tap wall. In the heart of the city’s entertainment district, live country brands fill its huge outdoor patio every night.

Alternatively, set in a stunning historic mansion, Mattie’s is the perfect place for romantic meals. After being welcomed by peacocks, sit down to a menu of local classics with fine-dining twists.

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Live music in Austin

Austin is often called the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ and it’s a title the city certainly lives up to. As well as the Austin City Limits Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW) that take place annually, there are live performances every night of the week at over 250 music venues.

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Country music singer-songwriters can be found across Austin, but bands of many different genres take to the stages, so there’s something for everyone. Even though it barely holds 200 people, the Continental Club is classic venue that’s been pumping out rock ‘n’ roll, country and swing since 1955. The Elephant Room is one of the city’s only jazz bars. Its neon sign entices passes-by into the cosy basement space, where you’ll be treated to an intimate performance. With a musician as your guide, you can even take part in a live music crawl and become an expert in Austin’s famous music scene.

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Best time to visit Austin

Austin gets over 300 days of sunshine per year, so the weather is pleasant year-round. To avoid high humidity and temperatures in the high thirties, visit in spring or autumn. But if you think you can handle the Texan summer heat, there are plenty of public pools, lakes and baths to cool off in when it gets too much.

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The more comfortable temperatures in September to November make this the ideal time for sightseeing, and there’s a full calendar of festivals. It’s when the famous Austin City Limits Music Festival is held every year in Zilker Park.

Spring – March to May – brings warm temperatures in the twenties and is another popular festival season, with South by Southwest (SXSW). But even in winter months, cold spells are short lived and there’s rarely any snow. So, if your ideal Austin holiday involves less crowds and reduced rates, don’t rule out this season.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Austin

Visions of tasty tacos and talented musicians usually come to mind when you think of Austin, but the city is also known for its nocturnal animals that come out to play at sunset. For a truly unforgettable experience, head to Congress Avenue Bridge from late March to early autumn. After undergoing renovation in 1980, it’s now an ideal bat cave and home to migrating Mexican free-tailed bats.

Show More
Show Less

Austin’s wacky personality is reflected perfectly with the Cathedral of Junk, an art exhibit built out of used furniture and home goods. And this quirkiness extends into its boutique shopping. South Congress is bursting with art galleries and stores selling everything from colourful cowboy boots and eccentric antiques to traditional sweets and vintage clothing.

Far from just an urban experience, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get involved with, including the Barton Creek Greenbelt caves.

Show More
Show Less

Food

Austin food scene

Austin’s streets are a treasure trove of excellent eateries and you might find it hard to work out where to start. To navigate the eclectic food scene, start at the colourful food trucks – many of which are complete works of art. With over 1,000 food vendors across the city at any one time, you can take your pick from every single type of cuisine. Veracruz All Natural, which serves up delicious Mexican treats, is a local institution.

Show More
Show Less

Banger’s Sausage and Beer Garden is famous for its comfort food and selection of 100 craft beers from Austin’s largest tap wall. In the heart of the city’s entertainment district, live country brands fill its huge outdoor patio every night.

Alternatively, set in a stunning historic mansion, Mattie’s is the perfect place for romantic meals. After being welcomed by peacocks, sit down to a menu of local classics with fine-dining twists.

Show More
Show Less

Music

Live music in Austin

Austin is often called the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ and it’s a title the city certainly lives up to. As well as the Austin City Limits Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW) that take place annually, there are live performances every night of the week at over 250 music venues.

Show More
Show Less

Country music singer-songwriters can be found across Austin, but bands of many different genres take to the stages, so there’s something for everyone. Even though it barely holds 200 people, the Continental Club is classic venue that’s been pumping out rock ‘n’ roll, country and swing since 1955. The Elephant Room is one of the city’s only jazz bars. Its neon sign entices passes-by into the cosy basement space, where you’ll be treated to an intimate performance. With a musician as your guide, you can even take part in a live music crawl and become an expert in Austin’s famous music scene.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Austin

Austin gets over 300 days of sunshine per year, so the weather is pleasant year-round. To avoid high humidity and temperatures in the high thirties, visit in spring or autumn. But if you think you can handle the Texan summer heat, there are plenty of public pools, lakes and baths to cool off in when it gets too much.

Show More
Show Less

The more comfortable temperatures in September to November make this the ideal time for sightseeing, and there’s a full calendar of festivals. It’s when the famous Austin City Limits Music Festival is held every year in Zilker Park.

Spring – March to May – brings warm temperatures in the twenties and is another popular festival season, with South by Southwest (SXSW). But even in winter months, cold spells are short lived and there’s rarely any snow. So, if your ideal Austin holiday involves less crowds and reduced rates, don’t rule out this season.

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