Things To Do in Austin: 5 Must-Visit Places and Experiences

If you are travelling to Texas for the first time, make sure to stop and visit Austin. This beautiful city located near the Colorado River is full of surprises, especially for tourists. There are always numerous events taking place 7 days a week in the lively city. To find out what’s happening during your stay, visit to book tickets to live events in advance. The following are our top recommended things to do and see during your visit to Austin! 

1. Live Events at Bass Concert Hall

The “Bass Concert Hall” is the largest live event facility in Austin with a huge seating capacity of 2900 people. In addition, the hall has an advanced rigging sound system, appealing metalwork and props that all make it an excellent location to see a concert or show while in Austin. There is also the Honeycutt Terrace with views of the UT Tower and LBJ fountain – one of the most spectacular areas of the Bass Concert Hall.  

2. Boating Experience 

There are many different boating experiences on the Colorado River or Lady Bird Lake in Austin for tourists and locals to experience. Have is a list of some of those experiences: 

⦁ Austin Duck Adventure 

Duck Adventures is one of the oldest land & water tours running in Austin. It travels along 6th street, and onto Congress Street, where you can see the Texas Capitol. It then travels on to Lake Austin for a water experience before returning.

⦁ Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

Cruising on Lady Bird Lake is a unique experience especially the bat watching tours. Apart from the bat tours, sightseeing, sunset and moonlight cruises also remain big attractions on the lake. 

⦁ Boat Rentals 

Floating boats are easily available for a personalized adventure. You can get different types of boats for rent and spend the whole day out on the water. 

⦁ Kayaks and Paddleboard Adventures

For adventure enthusiasts, kayaking is also an option to try in the still lakes of Austin. From Lady Bird Lake the vistas of downtown are breathtaking. Check out the full moon music paddle, which includes kayaking, watching a band performance, having smores, and returning under the moonlight.

3. Brewery & Distillery Tours

Austin is the home of some of the finest distilleries & breweries in Texas. Dripping Springs Distilling, Treaty Oaks Distillery, and the Desert Door Distillery are three renowned distilleries that you and your group can visit on a private tour from your Austin location.

The craft brew trend in Austin will surprise you with some of the finest beers. Make a list of popular breweries that offer tours and tasting opportunities for visitors. 

4. Magic’s Theater Tour

Magic’s Theater, located in Southwest Austin, hosts Saturday nights full-scale magic shows in addition to close-up magic shows. It also serves as a magic museum featuring items from Harry Houdini’s collection. On weekend nights, the museum hosts two public stage magic shows, and private close-up magic presentations on weeknights. 

The stage show is a public event hosting all the visitors whereas the close-up show is a premium event where only 25 people can visit at once. Both of their shows are family-friendly. Search live events near me at to check all upcoming dates and times. 

5. Enjoy Wonder Spaces Illusion 

Witness the modern marvel of illusions at “Wonder Spaces”. This 28,000 sq feet area is full of mirrors, lighting, technology, and artistic imagination. Spend a few hours in this mind-blowing space of illusions. However, make sure that you have booked the tickets in advance because this place gets booked up especially on the weekends. 

Austin has everything a city needs and more to keep you engaged and entertained during your visit. Whether it’s nightlife or daytime sightseeing tours, you will always find something interesting and unique to the city. We recommend offbeat accommodations like cottages, tree houses and villas for an ultimate vacation experience!