Austin Attractions & Visitors Guide

Experience Austin Like a Local – Recommendations From Your Hotel Staff

Austin is booming with entertainment, culture, dining and recreation.  Our team at Embassy Suites by Hilton™ Austin Central has compiled a list of some of Austin’s best attractions and must-see destinations.  Whether you’re here for business or vacation, the city of Austin has plenty to offer the overnight guest to the extended stay traveler.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Texas Capitol

The Capitol Visitors Center is located at 112 East 11th Street (southeast corner of the Capitol grounds) in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building. The three-story castle-like structure reflects the mid-19th century mock-medieval revival architectural style and is the oldest state office building in Texas.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Bullock Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is the state’s official history museum and features three floors of Texas History Galleries with artifacts that span more than 13,000 years, as well as an IMAX® Theatre, a 4D special-effects theater, convenient on-site parking, a café and Museum Store.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Mueller Dining

Located just three miles from downtown Austin and two miles from The University of Texas at Austin, the ambitious effort to redevelop Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city has helped Austin chart new directions.

Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty.  UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide.

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Zilker Park is known as the crown jewel of the Austin parks system. Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.

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Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Lady Bird Lake

Enjoy a day of recreation at Lady Bird Lake.  The Austin hike and bike trail circles almost the entire lower two thirds of the reservoir offering access to the bank.  A variety of boat rentals are also available around Lady Bird Lake.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Shopping

Situated in a beautiful park-like setting, The Domain features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market.  The multi-phased Domain development is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guided Shopping

A unique shopping experience, The Arboretum ‘s outdoor atmosphere of nature’s landscape, flowing runnel, soothing fountain, picnic area and Austin’s landmark marble cow sculptures makes for great shopping in a tranquil environment!  It is home to more than 40 fine shops and restaurants in Austin’s premier retail area.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide Thinkery

The Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Embassy Suites Austin Central Hotel Local Guide 6th St

Likely Texas’ best known street, the seven block’s of 6th Street between Congress and IH 35 are certainly Austin’s entertainment center. With a little help from it’s many like-minded sister streets, 6th Street is the heart of Austin’s live entertainment scene and the capital of third coast music.

“Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool,” the 2nd Street district is home to 50 specialty shops, services and dining establishments. Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and the Austin Children’s Museum anchor this downtown district, which spans Second Street between Congress Avenue and San Antonio Street.

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Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world’s largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, Texas.  The Austin American-Statesman created the Statesman Bat Observation Center adjacent to the Congress Bridge, giving visitors a dedicated area to view the nightly emergence.

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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.

Photo Credit: Denise Chambers