From its fabulous live music, wonderful scenery, and legendary food, there’s definitely more to Austin than simply being the capital of Texas.

Whether you’re taking a  much-needed vacation or just passing through over the weekend, you’ll never run out of things to do in this marvelous town that the world has come to know as Bat City.

Go Bat Watching

A tour of Austin, Texas isn’t complete without experiencing one of the city’s most popular attractions.  The world-famous Congress Bridge Bats is truly a sight to behold. It’s not every day that you get to see more than a million bats cover the night sky as they take flight from the Congress Bridge to help rid the city of those pesky mosquitoes.

Estimated to be around 1.5 million, North America’s largest urban bat colony is best seen between the middle of March to early November.  Seeing these amazing creatures emerge from under the bridge as they search for food is a spectacle no tourist should miss.

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Enjoy Live Music

Apart from being known as Bat City, Austin is also popular for its live music, earning it the “Live Music Capital of the World” moniker. Visiting Austin without experiencing any of its best music venues is like eating peanut butter without jelly.  There are just too many great options to pass up.

If you are into garage or punk band music, for example, Hotel Vegas is the place to be.  If you like soul or other classical tunes, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and The Continental Club should be at the top of your itinerary. 

Just take your pick because there’s always something for everybody regardless of your preference in music.

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Go on a Scavenger Hunt

If you’re out on a business trip or with the family to celebrate a wedding or a birthday, you can enjoy Austin’s most popular sites with the whole gang while experiencing a unique adventure – that of an Austin scavenger hunt. Wouldn’t that be fun?  With a scavenger hunt, you’re basically having a party while exploring and enjoying what Austin has to offer.  Surely, it doesn’t get any better than that, don’t you think? 

Companies like CityHunt, for instance, offer more than just scavenger hunts. They also offer a variety of games that everyone will surely enjoy.

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Take a Dip at Barton Springs

Why just see those awesome sites when you can actually experience them?  It’s been said that cold-water swimming is the key to a long life.  Thankfully, “Austin’s Crown Jewel,” Barton Springs Pool, is here to help you prove it. Located just across the Lady Bird Lake from downtown Austin, the historic pool, according to local legend, was previously used for sacred purification rituals by the Tonkawa tribe.

Before you pay this amazing spring a visit. However, do make sure not to bring any outside food or drinks because they’re not allowed.  It would also be ideal to wear water shoes because of the pool’s algae-filled flooring.

Break out of Prison

Can you imagine how difficult it is to break out of prison?  The Escape Game, Austin’s number one escape room, allows you and your friends to find out for yourselves! Unlike real-life prison breaks, however, you and your pals need to work together to locate clues and overcome a couple of challenges in order to complete your mission. 

With five different game modes to choose from, you guys are definitely in for a wonderful time.