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Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Movie theatre featuring new and classic releases, as well as a full menu with a variety of food, appetizers, dessert and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This is an 18 and up establishment, except for designated “Baby Day” or “All ages, with parent” shows. The South Lamar location puts on a free Kids’ Club screening on the last Saturday of every month.
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Stubb’s BBQ
Music venue and restaurant featuring live music most nights, plus bar-b-que, catering, and the Sunday morning Gospel Brunch buffet.
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Frank Erwin Center
Live music and sporting events, including University of Texas Basketball.
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Cedar Park Center
Live music and sporting events. It is the home of the Texas Stars ice hockey team, and the Austin Toros basketball team.
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The Paramount Theatre
95 year old venue featuring live theatre, movies, comedy and more.
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Ballet Austin
Described as “one of the nation’s best kept ballet secrets” by The Washington Post, Ballet Austin has 20 professional dancers, chosen from a 30-city audition tour, who take part in numerous performances each season.
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The Blanton Museum of Art
Over 17,000 works of art spanning many styles and time periods.
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Long Center for the Performing Arts
Performing arts, music and dance.
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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture.
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Esther’s Follies
Part magic show, part vaudeville review, part satire tour-de-force, Esther’s Follies takes no prisoners, offering biting, hilarious satire on all the news makers and events fit to parody.
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.
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The Dell Diamond
Home of the Round Rock Express baseball team.
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The Texas Capitol Building
The 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses forty-five million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and also from those of close associates. The museum provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical and cultural exhibits.
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Texas Governor’s Mansion
The Governor’s Mansion, at the corner of Eleventh and Colorado Streets, has been the official home of every Texas governor since June 1856. It is a registered National Historic Landmark, the oldest executive residence west of the Mississippi, the fourth oldest in the Nation, and the oldest to survive and function essentially in its original configuration.
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ZACH Theatre
ZACH Theatre is one of Austin’s most vibrant and innovative performing arts organizations, creating intimate theatre that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit and engages our community.
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Texas Performing Arts
Located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions.
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Outdoor Attractions
Austin Parks and Recreation: Things to Do
Links to facilities & parks, programs and citywide festivals in Austin.
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365 Things to Do in Austin
A daily blog, featuring a new activity in the Austin area every day.
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
358 acres in the middle of Austin, featuring Zilker Botanical Garden, the Zilker Zephyr miniature train, miles of hike and bike trails, two multi-use fields, sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, picnic areas and playgrounds.
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Umlauf Scuplture Garden & Museum
Outdoor sculpture garden near Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool.
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Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Rent a canoe or kayak and spend the day on the lake!
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Austin Paddle Sports
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) sales, rentals and lessons.
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Loop 360 Boat Ramp
Public boat ramp, fishing and picnicking with a beautiful view of the Pennybacker Bridge.
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Barton Springs Pool
Three acre pool in Zilker Park, fed from underground springs.
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Deep Eddy Pool
The oldest swimming pool in Texas.
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McKinney Falls State Park
About 15 minutes from downtown Austin, this 744.4 acre park offers swimming, camping, hiking, biking and fishing.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
North of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is a 640 acre, 425 foot tall, pink granite dome. The park offers backpacking, hiking, rock climbing and star gazing.
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort: New Braunfels
Three miles of tubing rides, 17 water slides, a surfing simulator, seven water playgrounds for children and three uphill water coasters! Schlitterbahn also offers free parking, free tubes and life jackets, and allows you to bring outside food and drink.
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Volente Beach Water Park
Water park with slides, beach, and play areas for kids.
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Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
Approximately 30 miles outside of Austin, but worth the drive! Hamilton Pool was formed when the limestone dome over an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago. Hamilton Creek still flows over the edge of the limestone to create a waterfall that drops 45 feet into the pool.
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Lions Municipal Golf Course
Founded in 1935, this is a longtime repeat choice for Best Golf Course in Austin.
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Mount Bonnell
The highest point in Austin, and a great view, accessible by a stair climb and a short hike.
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Austin Off-Leash Dog Areas
A guide to dog-friendly parks in Austin.
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The Trail at Lady Bird Lake
Ten miles of hike and bike trails through the heart of Austin.
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Mayfield Park and Preserve
Home of Austin’s famous free-roaming peacocks and peahens, as well as two acres of gorgeous cottage gardens and lily ponds.
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Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
With more than 300 animals across more than 100 different species, Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo rescuing animals and serving the Austin community.
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Austin Duck Adventures
Tour Austin with a spash on this 75 minute sightseeing land and lake tour via amphibious Hydra Terra vehicles.
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Vanishing Texas River Cruise
Departing from Lake Buchanan in the Central Texas Hill Country, this premier ecological cruise of Texas provides you spectacular views of Lake Buchanan, the Colorado River, native Texas wildlife, waterfalls, world-class bird watching and wintering Bald Eagles.
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Texas Natural Science Center
Exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals, and evolution. A working Paleontology Lab encourages visitors to interact with scientists preparing fossil finds.Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found – the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of 40 feet – and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.
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Swimming and Aquatics
Pools and aquatic centers in Austin Website
Pools and aquatic centers in Cedar Park Website
Pools and aquatic centers in Georgetown Website
Pools and aquatic centers in Pflugerville Website
Pools and aquatic centers in Round Rock Website

Children
Austin Children’s Museum
Numerous permanent exhibits, as well as ever-changing featured exhibits that promote learning, exploring and playing.
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Playland Skate Center
Austin’s largest and finest skating rink. Quad and in-line skate rental is available.
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Austin’s Park
Indoor video game arcade, as well as go karts, bumper boats, rock climbing walls, train, laser tag, tea cups, batting cages, mini-golf and moonwalk for small children. Admission includes unlimited pizza and pasta buffet, drinks and access to most attractions, and children under 40″ are free.
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Kids Eat For
A list of restaurants and days where kids eat free (or cheap!) in and near Austin
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