Fly-In Program: Attractions
Texas State Capitol
201 East 14th Street,
Austin TX 78701
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Details: The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m.
Barton Springs Pool
Details: Swim in the constant 68-degree waters of Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed swimming hole in Zilker Park. Daily, 5am-10pm. Voted the “Best Swimming Hole in Texas.” Closed Thursdays, 9am- 7pm.
The University of Texas Tower
Details: Enjoy the spectacular view from atop the University of Texas’ most famous landmark. 50-minute tours offered Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 p.m. on the hour.
Austin Duck Adventures
Details: A fun, narrated, amphibious tour of downtown Austin end with a splash on Lake Austin. Tours and tickets available at Austin Visitor Center.
Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
Details: Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-Oct.
The Broken Spoke
Details: If you want to do the Texas two-step, this is the place to go. The dance hall is internationally known as an authentic honky-tonk. Willie Nelson, George Straight, and Dolly Parton have performed here. Don’t miss the memorabilia room, aptly nicknamed “the tourist trap room,” which is filled with photos, hats, and other country-music treasures.
Details: In a town square atmosphere, the city’s newest retail development offers 700,000 square feet of restaurants and luxury fashion, including Austin’s first Neiman-Marcus, Tiffany and Co., Barney’s CO-OP, Louis Vuitton and Intermix. Mon.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm.
The Blanton Museum of Art
Details: The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, housed in a recently completed two building complex, is one of the foremost university art museums in the country. The museum’s collection is the largest and most comprehensive in Central Texas and comprises more than 18,000 works. It is recognized for its European paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings.
The museum is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Congress Avenue and is open Tuesday though Friday from 10-5, Saturday from 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursdays are free admission days and every third Thursday the museum is open until 9 pm. Admission is free to current UT faculty, students, staff and Blanton members; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for college students with valid ID; $5 for youth (13-21); free for children (12 & under).
The Bass Concert Hall
Details: Texas Performing Arts’ Bass Concert Hall, situated on the University of Texas campus, is a 3,000 seat venue offering the best in music, dance, theatre, Broadway, and concert attractions. Visit texasperformingart.org for the latest calendar events.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Details: Features three floors of dynamic exhibits, a special effects Texas Spirit Theater, museum store and café. Austin’s only IMAX theater. Mon.-Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm.
525 East Sixth Street,
Austin TX 78701
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Details: This comedy and magic troupe anchors Sixth Street with hilarious antics, satire, song and even a little magic. Shows: Thurs. 8pm; Fri. & Sat. 8pm, 10pm.
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Details: Austin’s largest, most popular park offers swimming in Barton Springs, trails and a miniature train.
Frank Erwin Center
Details: Since 1977, the Frank Erwin Center has fulfilled its mission of serving the greater Austin area with the most spectacular live entertainment. It is deep in the heart of 51,000 University of Texas students and more than 1.7 million people in the greater Austin area. The convenient location off of IH-35 is within walking distance of downtown Austin and the Texas Capitol.
South Congress Ave. (SoCo)
S. Congress Ave. (from Johanna to Gibson Sts.),
Austin TX 78704
Details: This hip strip features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, antiques, music venues and galleries. Every first Thursday of the month, stores remain open until 10pm.
Details: Portions of classic Southern dishes are generous at Threadgill’s, the restaurant/music venue where Janis Joplin once waited tables.
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown
Details: A unique combination of theater and restaurant, the Alamo shows the best first-run and independent films and offers an extensive menu and a wide selection of beer and wine.
Violet Crown Cinema
Details: Violet Crown Cinema is a locally owned and operated cinema with four screens devoted to independent, documentary and international films. Violet Crown offers modern amenities including state-of-the-art digital sound and projection, comfortable seating, and stadium auditoriums with unobstructed sight lines.
The Paramount & State Theatre
Details: There’s nothing like the thrill of a show at the Paramount with full seasons of music, comedy, classic films, children’s and family shows.