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Sample Itineraries

Your journey awaits.

Whether you’re a film buff, music lover, cocktail connoisseur, outdoor enthusiast or power shopping pro, the combinations are endless downtown.


Explore uniquely Austin activities.





Take these ideas as-is or mix and match to your heart’s content.


Austin Classics

Hike & Bike Trails, Lady Bird Lake – Take a jog, stroll or ride
Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue – Find him at Auditorium Shores
Texas Rowing Center – Rent a kayak or canoe on Lady Bird Lake
Congress Avenue Bridge – Watch 1.5 million bats fly at dusk
Willie Nelson Statue – See the living legend on Willie Nelson Blvd. (2nd Street)
Stubb’s Gospel Brunch – Revel in the Sunday morning joy

Shop ‘Til You Drop Weekend

Wild About Music - East 6th Street
Brooks Brothers - Congress Avenue
Ect. Ect. Ect. - 2nd Street District
Csilla Wear - Congress Avenue
Patagonia - Congress Avenue
Mercury Design Studio - 2nd Street District
Prize - 2nd Street District
BookPeople - West End
Hatbox - East 6th Street

Outdoor Adventure

Hike & Bike Trails, Lady Bird Lake – Take a jog, stroll or ride
Mellow Johnny’s – Rent or buy a bike and hit the trail or road
Texas Rowing Center – Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board; learn to row
Rowing Dock – Rent a kayak or paddle board; learn to row
Austin Rowing Club – Learn to row; join a novice or competitive crew
St. Bernard Sports – Get the right gear for your day
Patagonia -- Stock up on sustainable activewear

Young at Heart

Downtown offers fun for folks young and old. Be sure to check out the latest Events for more family outing opportunities.

Texas State History Museum – Treat the family to exhibits and IMAX
Congress Avenue Bridge – Watch 1.5 million bats fly at dusk
Austin Farmers' Market – Find fresh-off-the-farm eats each Saturday at Republic Square
Wooldridge Square – Play knee-high chess every Saturday afternoon
Wee – Shop for your little one’s clothing and gear

Art & Film Essentials

Creativity abounds downtown. These are just a few can’t-miss arts outings.

Blanton Museum of Fine Art – Visit one of the country’s best university art museums
Mexic-Arte Museum – Celebrate Mexican, Latino and Latin American culture
The Contemporary Austin – See modern exhibits in the heart of downtown
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Watch cult classics or current features, beer in hand
Violet Crown Cinema – Enjoy dinner and a movie in an arthouse environment
Paramount Theatre – Check out a classic film or the latest touring act
Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre - Watch the latest blockbuster in 3D on the biggest screen in Texas

Downtown Beat

You’ll find shows nightly in every corner of downtown Austin. Here are some venue picks to get you started on your live music journey.

Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater – 2nd Street District
Paramount Theatre – Congress Avenue
Lucky Lounge – Warehouse District
La Zona Rosa – Warehouse District
The Parish  – E. 6th Street
Maggie Mae's – E. 6th Street
Elephant Room – Congress Avenue
Stubb's – Red River
Mohawk – Red River

Eclectic E. 6th Street

There’s much to discover on this historic street, day or night.

Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden – Enjoy a pint and tasty treats on the patio
Midnight Cowboy – Reserve your place at this cozy speakeasy
The Driskill – Try this historic hotel’s two acclaimed restaurants and sidle up to the bar
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Watch cult or current features, with full food and drink service
Parkside – Tuck into one of the top-rated Texas restaurants
Esther’s Follies – Discover the music and comedy show that’s been running 35 years
Casino El Camino – Experience one of Austin’s best burgers, served with a side of ‘tude
Austin Overtures - Tour Austin and the Hill Country in 90 Minutes in air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz comfort
Museum of the Weird - In the city known for keepin' it weird, this museum has all the highlights
Wild About Music – Pick up the perfect gift for the music lover in your life  
SegCity Austin – See the downtown sights via a Segway tour

Foodie Finds

Whole Foods Market, homegrown in Austin, anchors downtown’s many tempting culinary landmarks.

Whole Foods Market – Eat in house or stock the fridge at the company’s landmark store
Whole Foods Market Culinary Center – Take a cooking class – even on your lunch break
Con’Olio Oils & Vinegars – Taste artisan offerings before you buy
Royal Blue Grocery – Pick up a little something at one of five downtown locations
Austin Farmers' Market – Find fresh-off-the-farm eats each Saturday at Republic Square
Snap Kitchen – Fresh, healthy take-away. Eat right. Feel Great. Live well!
The Story of Texas Café - Dine inside or out overlooking the 35-ft tall bronze star at the Bullock Museum

West End Weekend

West 6th Street’s offerings have exploded over the last few years. In addition to these hot spots, you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink.

Whole Foods Market – Eat in house or stock the fridge at the company’s landmark store
Anthropologie – Explore unique clothing and furnishings
Book People – Peruse the stacks at Texas’s largest independent bookstore
REI – Gear up for our outdoor adventures
Hut’s Hamburgers – Enjoy one of Austin’s best burgers
Walton’s Fancy & Staple – Pick up lunch, pastries and flowers
J.Black’s Feel Good Lounge – Have a sip and snack, day or night