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8 Interesting Places to See in Downtown Austin

Deepa Kartha Jun 29, 2019
Interesting history, hippy culture, great music scene, delicious food, and an amazing nightlife are what await visitors at Downtown Austin, Texas. With an array of museums, theaters, restaurants, bars and clubs, a visit to Downtown Austin can be nothing less than fascinating.

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Texas State Capitol

One of the tallest state capitol buildings in the USA, the Texas State Capitol is an impressive monument.

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The pink-granite exterior of the Texas State Capitol is magnificent, and its interiors and architecture are nothing less than enthralling.
Take advantage of the free tour at the Texas State Capitol to get an insight into its fascinating history. The tour lasts for 30-40 minutes, and gives you a glimpse of the important rooms and some interesting stories as well. Complete your tour by walking around the 22-acre grounds of the Capitol.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Here, learn everything about the state of Texas, right from the prehistoric times to the present day and how it evolved into what it is today.
Opened in 2001, this museum comprises 3 floors that contain more than 500 artifacts, photographs and documents. The exhibits at the Bullock Museum are interactive, informational and remarkable.
Moreover, you will also get to see a historical movie or even the latest blockbuster at the in-house IMAX theatre. Visit the Story of Texas Cafe to grab a snack after the museum tour.

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

Covering 10 miles, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail offers you lush greenery, scenic view of the city skyline, and some great cultural attractions. The trail also includes a boardwalk that runs over the Lady Bird Lake.
While the trail is a great place for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of the city, it is also ideal for those who want to run, bike or indulge in other recreational activities. Do not miss the 36 bronze belt sculptures along the trail that have lyrics of popular Texan songs engraved on them.

Esther's Follies

A one-of-a-kind theater, Esther's Follies is where you can watch spectacular shows with themes like political satire, comedy and magic. The fast moving and ever evolving performances would not fail to tickle your funny bone.
It is hardly surprising when the performers at Esther's Follies move outside on the street, right in the middle of the performance. You can catch their act through the large windows at the back of the theater. These last minute improvisations are what make the shows so popular.

Rainey Street

Rainey Street, with its old bungalows turned into stylish bars and restaurants, is Downtown Austin's premium entertainment district, most popular for its nightlife.
Still, be it day or night, you would definitely find a bar to get a drink and a restaurant or a food truck to get yourself something delicious to eat. 'Emmer & Rye', 'Geraldine's', 'Little Lucy's Mini Donuts', and 'Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden' are some of the popular eateries here.
If you are looking for a place where you can have a beer, and dance on the tunes of a DJ or even a live band, 'Container Bar', 'Craft Pride' and 'Lustre Pearl' are few of the most well-liked ones.

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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge

This is one of the best places to witness the sunset in Downtown Austin. The bridge is home to more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

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If you visit the bridge during the summer months, you would not only get to see the sunset but the flight of millions of bats at the same time. The sight is nothing but spectacular.

Museum of the Weird

Once just a gift and curios shop, the Museum of the Weird is inspired by the dime store museum. Exhibits at the museum include everything from just odd to extremely ghoulish.
Here, you would get to see a furry trout, a mummified mermaid, a hand of glory (believed to be a dead man's), a two-headed chicken, a Cyclops pig and the most special exhibit, The Minnesota Iceman. The live sideshow performance here is something only for the brave hearts.

Moody Theater

Your visit to the Live Music Capital of the World cannot be complete without watching a performance at the Moody Theater.
Complete with 2750 seats and 12 bars, the Moody Theater is one of the hotspots for live music performances in Downtown Austin. The theater has hosted several amazing live concerts, including the Austin City Limits Live series.