About Austin, Texas

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About Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is the host city for Convention 2014, June 26 – 29. Start planning your trip by reading about Austin. This page is also available for download - Austin is ...[PDF].

Overview

Austin is called the Live Music Capital of the World, BatCity, Silicon Hills, Heart of Texas, CapCity, City of the Violet Crown, and just plain weird. It’s a city that offers something for everyone – more live music venues than you can imagine (over 250), shopping, world-class restaurants, museums, live theater, and outdoor recreation, to name a few. To plan your trip to Convention 2014, see www.austintexas.org. Here’s a few of the highlights: Places to Go, Things to Do

Places to Go, Things to Do

Hamilton Pooltexasoutside.com/hamiltonpool.htm
24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Formed by thousands of years of water erosion, this is a beautiful swimming spot with a 45-foot waterfall.

Mount Bonnell - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bonnell
3800 Mount Bonnell Drive, Austin, TX 78731

Considered the highest point in Austin, this is the place for a picnic or to watch the sun set. You arrive at this is the viewing point after you climb a very long staircase.

Lady Bird Lakeaustintexas.gov/page/lady-bird-lake
Enjoy city skyline of downtown Austin; point of departure for Capital Cruises or listen to live music. The Congress Avenue Bridge transverses the lake and is home to 750,000 to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that fly out in a black cloud at dusk.

Lake Travislaketravis.com
Lake Travis is part of the Colorado River that was dammed into a reservoir in the 1940s and winds through the hills of northwest Austin. There is plenty to do there – swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and even ziplining. Lake Travis is just a 20-minute drive (13.3 miles) from the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Zilker Metropolitan Park and Zilker Botanical Garden
austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park
zilkergarden.org
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746

Zilker Metropolitan Park is a 351-acre park that is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events including the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Enjoy a walk through several themed gardens in Zilker Botanical Garden.

Other ‘Ausome’ Places

Austin City Limitsacl-live.com/
310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

ACL a public television music program recorded live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin by PBS and member station KLRU. The show helped Austin to become widely known as the "Live Music Capital of the World." Initially created to celebrate the music of Texas—featuring western swing, Texas blues, Tejano music, progressive country, and rock n' roll—the series has gone on to feature regional, national and international artists performing a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, alternative country, alternative rock, folk music, and jam band.

Full episodes can also be viewed online at the show's official website. There is an Austin City Limits store at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

6th Street (once called Pecan Street)
The most well-known street in Austin, 6th Street is the heart of Austin’s live music scene and one of the most historic districts of the city with breathtaking architecture.

2nd Street Districtwww.2ndstreetdistrict.com
Walk down Willie Nelson Boulevard amidst shops and cafés.

Music and Dining – there are so many great places to dine and listen to music that your best bet is to start your planning with a visit to www.austintexas.org.