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How to Spend 2 Days in Austin

How to Spend 2 Days in Austin

With two days in Austin, you’ll have time to explore many facets of the Texas capital—its history, politics, art scene, live music, nightlife, and extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation—at a much more leisurely pace. Here are a few ways to spend two days in the Live Music Capital of the World.

Day 1: Keep Austin Weird

Morning: Texas History

To understand Austin’s present, look to its past. Dive deep into Texas history at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, learn about Austin politics at the Texas State Capitol (the biggest capitol building in the 50 states), or snap a photo with an animatronic version of a past president at the LBJ Library and Museum, where you’ll also find the best views of the University of Texas campus.

Afternoon: Music & Art

Austin is known as quite the quirky community—a characteristic you’ll quickly note when exploring the art and music scene. Take in some of the city’s street art on a Segway tour, or head to the shops on Lamar, including Waterloo Records (Austin’s favorite music store) and the Whole Foods flagship.

Night: Bar Crawl

Austin is home to well over 200 live-music venues, plus plenty more bars, clubs, lounges, and breweries. Depending on your interests, you might join a local musician for a live-music crawl down Sixth Street, hop on a bike to peddle between the lounges and pubs of Rainey Street or the East Side, or polish up your offbeat Austin trivia while hopping between the city’s best patio bars.

Day 2: Get Outdoors

Morning: Lady Bird Lake

Yesterday was all about diving into Austin’s culture. Today is about getting outdoors. Start your morning with a walk, bike, or Segway tour along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, set beneath the skyscrapers of downtown Austin. Take a stroll through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to learn about the 800 species of native Texas plants on display.

Afternoon: Barton Springs

The cool, clear waters of Barton Springs rank as one of the best swimming holes in Texas. Come for a refreshing dip during the hot summer months, or get your heart pumping with some mountain biking along Barton Creek no matter the season. 

Night: Congress Avenue Bats

As the sun begins to set, some of Austin’s most famous residents make an appearance: the Congress Avenue bats. One of the best places to watch as North America’s largest urban bat colonies takes flight is from the water beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Join a guided kayaking tour for the best views.

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Austin Famous Ghost and Bat Segway Tour

Austin Famous Ghost and Bat Segway Tour

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Discover another side of Austin on a 2.5-hour Segway tour that features bats and ghosts. Offered from March to October, this nighttime ride through downtown Austin visits haunted hotels and buildings, famous landmarks, and the world’s largest urban bat colony. See the Texas State Capitol Building, Lady Bird Lake, Austin Convention Center, the 6th Street Entertainment district, Moonlight Towers, and more
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Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin

Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin

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Experience the urban and the outdoors in Austin during this 2-hour bike tour including Lady Bird Lake and some of the city’s best parks. Cycle along the shady, traffic-free trail that circles the lake, soaking up the fresh air and great views. Then continue your ride into Austin’s downtown, where you’ll head to Auditorium Shores, Barton Springs and Zilker Park to learn about the city’s green spaces and fascinating history. A guide and all necessary biking equipment are included.
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Barton Creek Mountain Biking Tour

Barton Creek Mountain Biking Tour

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Ride off for a day of fun on this 4-hour mountain biking trip along Barton Creek, including time for swimming. Climb aboard your bike for the 8-mile ride through one of the largest urban wilderness areas in the United States, cycling along trails that take you past scenic limestone walls and across shallow creek crossings. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, as there will be ample opportunity to cool off in the creek’s refreshing, crystal clear water. A guide, bike and helmet are all included.
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  • 4 hours
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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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Watch more than a million bats fly out of the Congress Avenue Bridge on an evening kayak tour of Austin that’s timed to catch the spectacular natural show. Observing the Congress Avenue Bridge bats from a kayak means you don’t have to find a spot among the crowds on the riverbank, giving you a front-row seat as the Mexican free-tailed bats take to the sky.
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