The Austin Children's Museum, founded in 1983 by a grass-roots coalition of parents and educators, originally opened as a "Museum without walls" with exhibits and programs hosted in schools, parks, recreation centers, libraries, and malls. More than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed exhibits and programs since the museum opened its doors.
When it comes to golf, Austin may be Texas' best kept secret. With diverse topography and affordable courses, including ones designed by Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, it's no wonder GOLF Magazine named Austin "The Best Golf City in America" in 2008.
Bass Concert Hall is the largest of the six venues at University of Texas Performing Arts Center at the Austin campus and hosts various performances throughout the year.
Every summer the Congress Avenue Bridge attracts hundreds of visitors for the emergence of the world's largest urban bat colony. The crevices beneath the bridge has made an ideal bat roost as 1.5 million bats gather in this popular spot. The bats under Austin's Bridge are Mexican free-tailed bats that migrate each spring from central Mexico to various sites throughout the southwestern part of the country. The time of year, weather conditions, and colony size all affect bat emergence times. Late July through mid-August is the best time to see impressive flights, as new born pups first begin to forage with their mothers. Helpful Information: For updates and approximate emergence times, please call the Austin American-Statesman/Bat Conservation International's - Bat Hot Line: (512) 416-5700 for the latest flight times.
Experience Austin's vibrant food scene on this fun tour aboard an electric bike, an easy-to-use quietly motorized bike that lets you see more in a fraction of the time. Follow your guide for four hours through the city and visit food trucks, restaurants, breweries, a farmer's market and the flagship Whole Foods store to taste some delectable bites and enjoy a round of drinks. Special Offer - Book now and receive $5 OFF the recommended retail price! - Book Now!
Explore Austin at your own pace in a fun, easy and comfortable way - on an electric bike! Great for sightseeing, electric bikes let you see more in a fraction of the time. Create your own itinerary and see top Austin attractions at your own pace, like the Congress Avenue Bridge at Lady Bird Lake. Explore downtown's hip Warehouse District, pedestrian-filled 2nd Street District and lively 6th Street. You'll receive tips on great things to do and see at the rental shop, as well as a complimentary map.
Explore Austin's beautiful Lady Bird Lake aboard an electric bike on this guided tour. Perfect for covering more ground in a fraction of the time, electric bikes are a fun, comfortable, safe way to sightsee. Follow your guide to the lake's main landmarks including Barton Springs, the Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue and the Congress Avenue Bridge, and make plenty of stops along the way to take photos of the downtown skyline and learn some history about the area.
Get acquainted with the city of Austin on this downtown Austin Segway tour. Following your knowledgeable guide, cruise down Congress Avenue and discover historical sites like the Texas State Capitol Building and the Driskill Hotel. Explore the trendy Warehouse District, pedestrian-filled 2nd Street District and Lady Bird Lake set against the city skyline. You'll hear interesting facts and stories about the sights you see, making this a perfect way to start your stay in Austin.
This ultimate 2.5-hour Segway tour of Austin will take you to the city's many historical sites, scenic locations and modern-day cultural hubs. Explore the trendy Warehouse District, pedestrian-friendly 2nd Street District and 6th Street, the heart of the live entertainment scene. See the Driskill Hotel, Austin Convention Center and Texas State Capitol Building, and reach Lady Bird Lake with the city skyline in the background. You'll zip through the city with ease, making stops along the way to snap photos and learn about the sights from your knowledgeable guide.
Cruise through Austin in style on this sightseeing Segway tour. Follow your guide down Congress Avenue and see several historical sites like the Texas State Capitol Building, the Driskill Hotel and the Bob Bullock Museum. You'll also learn fun facts about the city and stop for photo opportunities.
Texas Performing Arts presents an evening of chamber music for a new generation! Stewart Copeland, the artist who innovated the world of rock drumming with The Police, joins forces with internationally renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker in a new cutting edge chamber music project that features Copeland's compositions as well as standard classical repertoire including Parker's brilliant suite based on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
On September 23rd, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp released one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.
In the last 22 yeas, South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown from a small, mostly unknown, music festival to one of the largest arenas to discuss (and often create) cultural trends in music, film and media. This music festival showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe, on over eighty stages, in downtown Austin. By day, conference registrants do business in the SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center and partake of a full agenda of informative, provocative panel discussions featuring hundreds of speakers from all over the globe.
A performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra is sure to enhance the cultural quality of your life, just as they do during every performance for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas. Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin's oldest performing arts group and offers a complete season of musical and educational programming.
In the spirit of the television program "Austin City Limits," this annual music festival is known around the world as one of the best, offering a variety of music performances, food and art, and more.
Nestled in a grove of trees along West Riverside Drive near South Lamar Boulevard, Paggi House overlooks Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline. Warm and sophisticated, yet relaxed and fun, it's the ultimate spot to connect with friends over cocktails or share an intimate dinner with someone special.
FINO focuses on Mediterranean cuisines, with dishes from Spain, France, Greece, Italy and North Africa. The dinner menu offers small plates (tapas) which encourage sharing and tasting many different flavors, as well as salads and big plates including seafood or quail paella.
Sullivan's Steakhouse is a vibrant neighborhood American steakhouse featuring the finest steaks and seafood, hand shaken martinis, and live music. They offer comfortable fine dining in a lively atmosphere.
Eddie V's Restaurants, Inc. is setting the standard for fine dining, featuring award-winning concepts that focus on the freshest, quality ingredients, exciting atmosphere and a staff that is dedicated to every detail.
Truluck's is all about fresh seafood, juicy steaks, succulent crab and delicious wines. They are so committed to fresh crab, they have their own fisheries in Naples, Florida on the Isle of Capri. Each week the chef updates the menu with the freshest seafood available and prepares it in cooking styles covering the globe.
Wink has consistently been ranked in Austin as one of the best fine dining venues in town. The restaurant stresses the innovative use of the freshest ingredients in contemporary American cuisine. Seafood is flown in daily from both the east and west coasts, local farmers supply produce, herbs, and cheeses, and small local purveyors are constantly on the lookout for fresh, new product.
Recognized as "Austin's most loved park," the Zilker Metropolitan park offers numerous recreational opportunities and hosts special events for the whole family. The Park features a miniature train, canoe riding, hike and bike trails, a natural spring-fed pool, and a variety of sports courts. It is also serves as a venue for the Zilker Botanical Gardens, the Austin Nature and Science Center, the Zilker Hillside Theatre, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.
Experience Austin's urban scene, hip shopping districts and beautiful natural scenery on this sightseeing tour by luxury Mercedes van. See top Austin attractions like Lady Bird Lake, the Texas Capitol, the Driskill Hotel and Mayfield Park, and enjoy picturesque views of rolling hills and lakes in Texas Hill Country. You'll learn about all the sites you see from your knowledgeable guide. Special Offer - Book before December 31, 2012 and receive 10% off the recommended retail rate. BOOK NOW! - Book Now!
Experience Austin's haunted past and present on this guided Segway tour. When dusk falls, visit haunted and spooky downtown sites like the Driskill Hotel, where ghosts have been sighted, and Congress Avenue Bridge, home to one of the world's largest urban bat colonies that emerge at night! You'll also see the still-standing Austin Moonlight Towers, built in the 19th century after a serial killer plagued the city. Throughout your tour, you'll hear entertaining stories and facts about Austin from your knowledgeable guide.