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Must See Spots Downtown

March 16, 2022

Visiting Austin? Check out some of these cool spots while you’re in town.

Old Bakery

Art Scene

Mexic-Arte: A lovely art museum celebrating Mexican-American heritage, history and culture

Blanton Muesem of Art: A must-see for stained glass fans with seasonally rotating exhibits

The Contemporary Austin: Beautiful exhibits and rooftop; The museum itself is covered in murals and sculptures

The Cathedral: A gorgeous, bright church repurposed into a co-working space and art gallery

Old Bakery and Emporium: A historic bakery turned history museum and art exhibit showcasing artists 50 and older

Women and Their Work: Gallery displaying bold contemporary artwork created by women

Places Keeping Austin Weird

Museum of the Weird: Be greeted by Big Foot on your way to see a mermaid skeleton and several other awesome oddities

The Congress Bat Bridge: Between March through October, watch millions of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from underneath the Congress Ave Bridge and fly over Lady Bird Lake

Witch’s Market: Pop-ups around the city where you can find incense, tarot decks, ritual tools and much more from local artisans and herbalists

Texas Toy Museum: Unique toys, retro games, freeplay arcade and a dive into the history of all things toys

Night Life

6th Street: Austin’s most famous nightlife area; Streets are closed to traffic on weekend nights

Red River Cultural District:Live and local music galore any night of the week

Rainey Street: Old street of houses turned into bars featuring a food truck court

Native Hostel: Photogenic hostel with secret rooms, art studios, shops, coffee and bars

The Warehouse District: Downtown’s LGBTQ+ community headquarters complete with rainbows on the street


Texas Chili Parlor: As seen in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”

Yummi Joy: Brightly colored candy shop and ice cream

Jim Jim’s Water Ice: Delicious Italian ice with so many flavor options it’s hard to choose

Downtown Farmer’s Market: Takes over Republic Square every Saturday from 9am-1pm; Free parking available in the surface lot adjacent to the market

Franklin’s BBQ: Austin’s most famous BBQ location

Casino El Camino: Burgers to die for with a creative daily special

Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden: A must for mimosas with a group; Delicious menu with great entertainment

Swifts Attic: Try the flavor-infused slow melt ice ball in your cocktail and enjoy tasty small plates

Devil May Care: Cocktails, oysters and brunch; This place is an experience



Blue Starlite’s Rooftop Drive-In Movie: Watch your favorite flicks or discover something new on top of Austin with a beautiful view

Paramount Theater: Beautiful historic theater with a spectacular marquee and national shows

Ester’s Follies: Austin’s own version of Saturday Night Live

Ghost Tours: Learn about the haunted history of Austin

Antone’s: Live music almost every night with a focus on jazz and blues


Lady Bird Lake: Part of the Colorado River; Be sure to rent a paddleboard or kayak on a nice day

Hike and Bike Trail: A 10-mile loop with beautiful views of downtown and several downtown access points

Shoal Creek Trail: A lovely, often shaded trail next to Shoal Creek

The Capitol: Explore the beautiful grounds and learn about Texas’ history

Toy Joy: Fun, unique toys for all ages with so much to look at


Enjoy your stay and be sure to share your downtown photos with us using #dtatx!

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