6th Street EntertainmentAustin’s best known street, a few blocks south of the Capitol you'll find the E. 6th Street and Red River Entertainment District. A stroll down 6th Street can be a visually stimulating experience even if restaurants, bars, and live music don't appeal to you. From the beautiful architecture and historic facades to the eccentric appearance of some 6th Street regulars, a visit to 6th Street is sure to intrigue. For more information, please visit http://www.6street.com. Congress Avenue Bats The Congress Avenue bridge provides an awesome sight each evening, especially in the late summer and early fall. That’s right everyone, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge like a black cloud from the crevices of the bridge that they call home for around 8 months of the year. It’s known as the largest urban bat colony in North America, and absolutely free. Pimpin’! Texas State Capitol Restored in the 1980s and taller than the US Capitol, the Texas State Capitol and Capitol Grounds are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It’s a favorite spot for the locals as well. Inside and out, it's simply impressive, beautiful, and one of our state treasures. Did I mention it’s free too? Mount Bonnell Mount Bonnell is a natural limestone formation that stands about 200 feet above the surrounding area. The Colorado River is seen winding through the Hill Country. Take along a water bottle or two for when you reach the summit. It’s definitely an unforgettable experience! Barton Creek Square Mall You’ll love shopping at Barton Creek Square with its more than 180 specialty retailers and anchor department stores. You can take a break from shopping at some of its fine eateries, or shop in luxury at Barton Creek Square, where you'll find limestone reminiscent tile, comfortably stylish carpeting, wood floor accents, plush leather seating areas and benches throughout. Doesn’t that sound lovely? 2ND Street District With 225,000 square feet of well-integrated retail, restaurants and entertainment, 2ND Street District is the most significant retail development in downtown Austin. 2ND Street District is being built with the feel of SoHo and the intimacy of Boston’s Back Bay. Interesting places to live. Great restaurants. Outdoor cafes. Unusual shops. Art films. All within a few blocks of museums and outdoor activities. Architecturally, 2nd Street District has an eclectic modern urban style with a distinct Austin Flavor. For more information, please visit http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com.
Barton Springs Barton Springs Pool is one of Austin's famous landmarks and easily the most popular swimming hole in the city. Spring fed and over 900 feet long, the pool was formed when Barton Creek was dammed up, so it has a natural rock and gravel bottom. The water temperature averages 68 degrees F' throughout the year, so enter the pool gingerly. A more refreshing swim is hard to find. Fees are applicable. For more information, please visit http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm. SoCo SoCo's boundaries run from just South of Town Lake on the North and to Oltorf in the South, then West to South First Street and along the eastern edge of Congress Avenue. The broad avenue is lined with boutiques, funky "junque" stores, restaurants, neighborhood bars and coffee shops. Visit the Magnolia Cafe, where the affordable menu reflects Austin's hippie roots 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit http://www.socoaustintx.com. Warehouse District The Warehouse district, just west of the central business district, is the upscale cousin to 6th street. True to its name, the restaurants and clubs in this district have been renovated from former warehouses into trendy restaurants, top-notch concert halls, and distinctive bars. Live music is everywhere in the Warehouse District and great restaurants are easy to find.