The famous Austin moniker, Keep Austin Weird, doesn’t only suggest there is an atypical artistic culture for those who live in Austin. Keep Austin Weird was originally coined as a slogan for the Austin Independent Business Alliance to support the Austin entrepreneur. Austin has grown to be the home of Fortune 500 companies such as Dell Inc. and Whole Foods Markets Inc., but still favors the start-ups and is loyal to the mom-and-pop shops commonly seen as you tour Austin.

The best of Austin’s landmarks are those that naturally form its settlement along the Colorado River. The map of Austin below includes places along part of the Colorado River running through downtown Austin called Lady Bird Lake. If you are ever wondering what to do in Austin, just take a trip outdoors and hike or tour Austin’s rolling hills and flowing rivers, the endless natural parks and bike trails. Things to do in Austin usually involve being outside in your walking shoes, on campus at The University of Texas or down the street at the Capitol of Texas grounds, enjoying a street festival or exploring vintage shops.

In 2009, Money Magazine voted Austin the third best big city to live in. If you really want to explore the best of Austin, tour Austin with FabPlacez and kickstart your journey with our list of things to do in Austin. Our walking guides include fun places to visit and fun things to do all over Austin.

Friday Arrival between 3-5:00 pm

Time Venue
3-6:00pm The Driskill Hotel
7-9:00pm Lambert’s
or 10:00pm
Esther’s Follies Evening Show

The Driskill Hotel

Offers both elegance and great service for the senior traveler. The Driskill Hotel is an Austin landmark with Texas hospitality ideal for those looking for convenience, luxury and history. This hotel offers the best of Austin. Visit website

Lambert's Bar-B-Que

Yummy! Texas-style cuisine in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. See the map of Austin showing the short walk from the hotel. Visit website

Esther's Follies

Laugh 'til your sides ache watching Texas’ premier magic and comedy troupe. This is a must do on your list of things to do in Austin.Visit website

Saturday: Full day of activities

Time Venue
9-10:00am Manuel’s
10-11:00am AMOA
11:00-Noon Capital of Texas Tour
Noon-1:00pm Bob Bullock Museum
1:30-2:30pm Texas Chili Parlor
2:30-5:30pm The Zilker Park Experience
• Ride the train
• Barton Springs pool
5:30-7:00pm Rest
7:00-9:00pm Dinner: Z-Tejas
• Amy’s ice-cream
• Whole Foods
• By George
• Waterloo Records
• Book People
9:00-midnight Broken Spoke


Yee Ha! Not your Taco Bell. This is real Mexican food. Enjoy a taste of the south in a contemporary setting. Fill your tummy before you tour Austin. Visit website

AMOA (Austin Museum of Art)

You can’t tour Austin without touring its unique art. Make a cultural journey through the galleries of AMOA and gleam access to the creative process that is prevalent throughout the rest of Austin.Visit website

Capitol of Texas

Take a northerly breath-taking gaze up Congress Avenue and continue to tour Austin by strolling the Texas Capitol Complex grounds. Observe the legislative process, learn about Texas history, and enjoy the magnificent architecture that sits in the heart of downtown Austin. Visit website

Bob Bullock Museum

Everything you ever wanted to know about the State of Texas. There are lots of things to do in the Austin museum. Visit the Texas Spirit Theater for a journey through the history of Texas, enjoy the IMAX theatre, a drink at the café, browse the store, or meander through the exhibits.Visit website

Texas Chili Parlor

Follow the map of Austin up the street from the state capitol and mosey on over to the best chili this side of the Red River.Visit website

Zilker Park

Escape the noise, traffic, and the claustrophobic world with one of the best of Austin landmarks. Visit Barton Springs Pool, take a break under a large oak tree, or soak up the sun while watching locals play a soccer game.Visit website

Z Tejas

It is southwestern cuisine with a touch of Cajun spices. Or stop by for a drink while you tour Austin. Visit website

Broken Spoke

Scoot your boots around the floor to some great live country music. The Broken Spoke is a dance hall with a music history of a true Texas Honky-Tonk – it's a best of Austin tradition. Visit website

Sunday: Morning activities only/assuming plane leaves in afternoon

Time Venue
10:30-Noon Threadgill’s Gospel Brunch
If time allows Stroll along Lady Bird Lake

Threadgill's Gospel Brunch

Top off your Austin weekend tour with food and music that will make your heart sing.The food and music will make your heart sing. Visit website

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