Local attractions: Things to do, see, and eat in Austin!
Congress Avenue Bridge
Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-Oct.
Blanton Museum of Art
European paintings, modern and contemporary Latin American art, and an encyclopedic collection of prints. Admission is FREE on Thursday. Open Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Exhibits, IMAX theatre, and more
Designed by Abner Cook (architect for the Governor’s Mansion), this beautiful 1855 Greek Revival-style home housed the Texas School for the Blind. Tours: Tues.-Sat. 2-5 p.m.
O. Henry Museum
Historic residence of William Sidney Porter
Zilker Botanical Gardens
30 acres of themed gardens!
Best BBQ in Austin! But bring some lawn chairs, because the wait is generally 1-2 hours!
Kerby Lane Café
Famous for their pancakes!
Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Comfort food, casual atmosphere, reasonable prices