Take plenty of summery clothes because Austin in Texas is always hot! There’s so much to do in Austin, while it’s well-known for its music culture, there are also world-class museums to visit and unbelievable shopping. The outdoor spaces are simply stunning and as the weather is so good, there’s a lot to do outside. Whether it’s paddling in the lakes, hiking some of the hills or admiring the greenery in the many parks.
Why not hire a bike and visit Zilker Metropolitan Park? It’s one of the city’s most popular places and is home to art museums as well as athletic fields and a large open space. In the water, visitors can swim, canoe or even try digging for fossils at the Austin Nature and Science Center. The park also houses a Botanical Garden and the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.
Do take swimming gear to Barton Springs Pool which is also within Zilker Metropolitan Park. The natural pool is outdoors and consists of a 3 acre pool formed from underground springs, it’s always warm too. In the evening, spot bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge or if culture is high on the priority list, there are incredible museums to explore such as the Blanton Museum or Art or The Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Right in the center of Austin is the State Capitol, larger than the one in Washington by 14 foot. It was opened in 1888 and is a statuesque building in pink granite.
Don’t miss out on the Bullock Texas State History Museum which is situated in the University of Texas Austin campus and across the road from The Blanton Museum of Art. There are IMAX movies to enjoy and plenty of exciting exhibits for all the family to enjoy detailing the history of the area.
Shoppers won’t be disappointed because there’s a treasure trove of different shopping centers, independent boutiques and local artisan goods to buy. Head downtown for high street favorites and some designer shopping or visit Congress Avenue which is home to numerous shops as well as museums, theaters and restaurants. 2nd Street is great for high fashion and home-grown goods or spend some time in East 6th Street for music memorabilia. The West End is a great place for food shopping and is known for health food as well as some more high street favorites. For hip, funky stores, go to South Congress, just south of the River and often referred to as SOCO.
In the evening, after a sumptuous meal head down to Sixth Street, home of live music, bars and clubs and known to be one of the best places to experience entertainment in the world.
There’s no doubt that one of the best ways to soak up Austin’s views is from above and what better enjoyment than on-board one of GOGO Jets private charters. See the buildings from the sky and gaze down as the sunsets over this interesting city.