Austin, Texas

Austin is in the heart of Texas and is the eastern marker for the Texas Hill Country. Life in the Texas Hill Country around Austin has two main focal points-the outdoors and live music. From Zilker Park's Barton Springs swimming hole, to Town Lake's gorgeous hike and bike path, this relaxed and informal city is the centerpiece of an area brimming with recreational jewels. Then, after dark, saxophones start wailing at Antone's, Austin's famous blues joint, and Sixth Street bustles with action as revelers stroll between a wide variety of live music venues. The city is considered "The Live Music Capital of the World," boasting more than 120 places to hear live bands.

In spirit, the city of Austin is part wild-west, hippie, and high-tech all mixed together. The city is the home of both the state capital and the main campus of the University of Texas. The city has 300 days of sunshine a year. Because Austin is placed at the transition from lush southeast Texas to the more desert-like southwest, the animal species are very diverse, ranging from white-tailed deer, the armadillo, the roadrunner, to the Mexican free-tailed bat.

Austin has the largest urban bat colony in the United States, which resides underneath the Congress Avenue bridge over Town Lake.

Things To Do While You Are In Austin

Eat barbecue at Rudy’s, Stubb’s, Iron Works, Green Mesquite, etc.

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Que
2451 S Capital Of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78746-7734
(512) 329-5554 


Stubb's Bar-B-Q Restaurant
801 Red River
Austin, TX 78701-3312
512) 480-8345


Iron Works Barbecue
100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4855 


Green Mesquite BBQ
1400 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704-1011
(512) 479-0485 

Eat Tex-Mex and at Chuy's, Trudy's, Maudie's, etc.

1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704-1037
(512) 474-4452 


Trudy's Texas Star Restaurant & Bar
409 W 30th St
Austin, TX 78705-2803
(512) 477-2935


Maudie's Cafe
2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703-4317
(512) 473-3740

Have a cold Shiner Bock (not Lone Star)

Visit 6th Street and Warehouse District at night

See sketch comedy at Esther’s Follies

Go to at least one live music show

Learn to two-step at The Broken Spoke

Walk/jog/bike around Town Lake

See a million bats emerge from Congress Ave. bridge at sunset

Visit the Texas State History Museum

Visit the UT main campus

See a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (arrive early, order beer & food)

See the Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond

Drive into Hill Country, visit small towns and wineries

Eat Amy’s Ice Cream

Listen to and buy local music at Waterloo Records

Buy a bottle each of Rudy’s Barbecue Sauce and Tito’s Vodka

Restaurants Within Walking Distance of the Hyatt

301 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704-1212
(512) 472-7902


306 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704-1213
(512) 474-2255


Threadgill's World Headquarters Restaurant
301 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704-1226
(512) 472-9304


601 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 477-9586


Sandy's Hamburgers
603 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 476-6322


111 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701-4001
(512) 478-2991


425 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704-1228
(512) 478-9464


Filling Station Restaurant & Bar
801 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704-1146