You’re in a new city for 5 hours. After years of just seeing airports, hotels, corporate parks, restaurants, and bars you’re ready to make the most of your business travel and get in some of the city’s culture. Here are 6 of the top things you must do in Austin, Texas if you only have 5 hours to spare.Have a few hours to kill in #Austin? Here are 6 Austin Must Do's in under 5 hours. Click To Tweet
Must Do a Lake Tour
One of the best ways to take in the city of Austin is on the water. There are many guided tours available along Lady Bird Lake such as Live Love Paddle, Austin Duck Adventures, Lone Star Riverboat, or Capital Cruises where you can take in both nature and the Austin skyline. If you’re there around sunset, you may even get to see the Mexican free-tailed bats as they wake up and prepare for dinner… err… breakfast.
Must Swim and Be Merry
One of the best parts of Austin is year-round swimming. And one of the best places to do so is in the 3-acres Barton Springs Pool, with an average temperature of 70 degrees and getting as deep as 18 feet. Fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here when he was 5 years old.
Must Take it Easy
If you want to get in the water, grab a tube and float down the San Marcos river with ATXcursions. While you’re at it, get a tube for your rented iced-cooler for your drinks! ATXcursions offers guided river tubing tours, microbrewery tours of Austin’s finest craft beers, and winery tours.
Must Try a Taste of Austin
Sprinkled with local boutiques, eateries, music venues, and more, South Congress Avenue, or the SoCo District, has all the sampling of Austin you need to really take it the city’s culture. Want to know why Austin is dubbed the city of weird? Try the Travel Weird Food and Beverage Tour, which features live music and authentic Austin cuisine.
Must Get Scared
For thrill seekers, the Haunted Austin Tours – a tourist favorite – will send chills up your spine with their guided tours about the city’s spookier history, all while riding in the back of a hearse. Stops include landmarks known to be haunted by paranormal activities such as Driskill Hotel, Littlefield House, and more.
Must Brush Up on History
For you history buffs, peruse through 45 million pages of historical documents at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of the University of Texas-Austin. Learn all about 36th’s unexpected presidency and the events that unfolded after, from civil rights to Vietnam and more.
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For those of you who have visited or are from Austin, what are some of your favorite Austin must do’s? Share in the comment section.