Are you planning your next trip, and looking for things to do in Austin, Texas? As you prepare for your next getaway to one of the country’s top destinations, be sure to set aside time in your itinerary to experience the best of Austin. Explore the capital city’s delicious culinary scene, visit renowned museums, and find adventure through a variety of fun outdoor activities available to you downtown and in surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly, road trip vacation or a staycation for one, Austin, Texas has something to offer for every type of traveler!

Fall in love with our favorite Austin, Texas classics and local favorites and book your stay at Fairmont Austin, conveniently located at the heart of it all!


Top 3 Activities in Austin, TX


1. Outdoor Adventure

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Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail: a 10-mile lush urban path in the heart of downtown Austin. Bike along Lady Bird Lake with the view of skyscrapers.

Zilker Park & Botanical Gardens: ‘Austin’s most loved park’, 350 acres of fun for anyone who visits! With a disc golf course, hiking, and the 26-acre Botanical Garden, this spot is an oasis in the heart of Austin.

Mount Bonnell: Get ready to witness the best views Austin has to offer at 785 feet above sea level!

2. Fun on the Water

Arc Kayak & Paddleboard: Start your weekend with ARC’s evening boat tour or rent kayaks and paddleboards whether you’re a first-timer or experienced paddler!

Retro Boat Rentals: Hop on a fleet of fiberglass boats to enjoy a peaceful float on Lady Bird Lake.

Barton Creek Greenbelt: 12-mile stretch famous for limestone cliff walls, vegetation, and popular swimming areas.

3. Art Appreciation

Blanton Museum of Art: This collection of Pre-Columbian to Post-Modern works resides as part of the University of Texas’s Fine Arts Program.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Charles Umlauf and other contemporary artists are featured in the garden and sure to grab the eye of all who visit.


Where to Go in Austin, Texas


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Rainey Street: You won’t want to miss the lively bar scene south of your stay at Fairmont Austin! This street holds true to Austin’s roots with remodeled houses transformed into a popular spot for craft beer, fine dining, live music, and food trucks!

Be sure to stop by our Fairmont Austin Favorites! Emmer & Rye, Craft Pride, Stagger Lee, Bangers, Lustre Pearl, Half Step, G’Raj Mahal.

Historic 6th Street: This Austin spot is full of entertainment at all hours! Take part in events planned daily that can feature specials at the bar or live music and comedy shows to attend! 6th Street is famous for its nightlife and club scene often enjoyed by younger crowds from the nearby college campus.

Not sure where to start? Our Fairmont Austin Favorites include Parkside, Casino El Camino, Friends Bar, The Blind Pig Pub, Firehouse Lounge, San Jac Saloon, Iron Cactus.

West 6th Street: Transitioning from the other side of 6th Street, West 6th Street has shops, upscale clubs, and restaurants. This is also a great place to browse art galleries and the well-known retailers residing in Austin!

Don’t miss out on Fairmont Austin Favorite, Waterloo Records, BookPeople, Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Ranch 616, The Dogwood, Whole Foods HQ, Nightcap, Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum.

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2nd Street District: The downtown gem filled with Austin-owned boutiques and restaurants encourage a walk along the upscale street to make sure you witness it all! And while you’re at it- say hello to the famous Willie Nelson statue!

Must-sees and Fairmont Austin Favorites include Toy Joy, Eliza Page Jewelry, Austin Rocks, Lambert’s BBQ, La Condesa, ATX Cocina.

South Congress Avenue (SOCO): This vibrant area is a popular spot for locals and visitors to peruse locally owned shops, take part in pop-up artisan markets, and experience an authentic Austin atmosphere!

Austin Proud are our Fairmont Austin Favorites, Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, Allens Boots, Güero’s, Big Top Candy Shop, Tesoros Trading Co., Home Slice, Continental Club.

Ready to experience all that Austin, Texas has to offer? Book your trip with Fairmont Austin today! For more information about how Fairmont Austin is dedicated to keeping guests safe from COVID-19, click here.