InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
Wake up early and begin your day with an energetic walk along the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail. Stroll the shops and enjoy the sights of Second Street stopping to enjoy a bike to eat at one of the many great resturants along the way. Stop into the Mexi-Arte Mexican Art Museum and the Arthouse at the Jones Center for contemporary art both on Congress Avenue near the hotel.
Why not go and play in Zilker Park, 358 acres in the city center. Take a ride round the park on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train, row a canoe out onto the lake or be like a local and take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. This amazing, natural spring-fed pond is three acres wide and maintains a temperature of 68 degrees F all year round, so you can swim whatever the weather. While you're here, pack in a culture fix: head to the Sculpture Garden at the south end to see works by sculptor Charles Umlauf.
Enjoy a Happy Hour cocktail while listening to live music at the lively and beautiful bar at Trulucks on 4th Street. At sundown in the Summer, just a short walk away, join the thousands of people gathering at the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the famous bats take flight. Fron there head to the SoCo District for a choice of some of the best dining in town. Finish a perfect night at the famous Continental Club for live bands and mingling with the locals. You might even spot a celebrity!
Live Music Capital of the World
Austin is known as the 'Live Music Capital of the World.' Famous artists such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan have called Austin home. The Broken Spoke for Country Honky Tonk and Continental Club for Texas Rock are two of Austin's favorite iconic stops for music.
Austin houses the largest number of Mexican fruit bats in North America. Each summer, thousands of people gather at the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the bats take flight for feeding, minutes before sundown.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of North America's largest universities. Famous students have included Matthew McConaughey, Janis Joplin, Laura Bush, and Walter Cronkite. football has begun so you'll see alot of burnt orange in support of UT Football. Hook 'Em Horns!
The East Side
Located east of downtown, across IH-35, Austin's East side is quickly becoming a best kept secret with its rapid new development and eclectic culture.