Best sights in Austin

Check out the top sights in Austin, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Lady Bird Lake
1. Lady Bird Lake
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172 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
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Stella
Right outside the front door---four blocks away to miles & miles of trails, sight seeing and beautiful views/e…
Elizabeth
Swan sighting, turtles and huge Cypress trees. Hills, bends, bridges. People watching. Great to run, jog or wa…
Keith & Tim
Walk the trail and boardwalk and take in some amazing sights.
1. Lady Bird Lake
1. Lady Bird Lake
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172 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
Stella
Stella
Right outside the front door---four blocks away to miles & miles of trails, sight seeing and beautiful views/exercise trails! Even rent a ka…
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Swan sighting, turtles and huge Cypress trees. Hills, bends, bridges. People watching. Great to run, jog or walk as it's gravel. Hugs the la…
Keith & Tim
Keith & Tim
Walk the trail and boardwalk and take in some amazing sights.
2. Congress Avenue Bridge
2. Congress Avenue Bridge
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53 local reviews
S Congress Ave, Austin
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Trish
Go watch the bats fly out from under the Congress Street bridge. They come out just after dusk and are lookin…
Molly
The bats are thickest between March and November. Go before sundown and enjoy watching the streams of bats lea…
Scott
Every evening from spring through fall, more than a million bats fly out from under this bridge. It's not as s…
2. Congress Avenue Bridge
2. Congress Avenue Bridge
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53 local reviews
S Congress Ave, Austin
Trish
Trish
Go watch the bats fly out from under the Congress Street bridge. They come out just after dusk and are looking for mosquitoes, so it needs …
Molly
Molly
The bats are thickest between March and November. Go before sundown and enjoy watching the streams of bats leaving their homes under the bri…
Scott
Scott
Every evening from spring through fall, more than a million bats fly out from under this bridge. It's not as scary as it sounds! In fact, it…
3. Texas Capitol
3. Texas Capitol
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223 local reviews
1100 Congress Ave, Austin
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 512-463-4630
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Justin
The Texas state capital building is beautiful and there are great sight lines if you approach it walking up Co…
Michael
Although anywhere in Austin is a sightseeing spot in itself, The State Capital is beautiful and they have free…
Rachel
Made in the fashion of the US capitol (but of red granite), the Texas capitol is a grand sight to see. People…
3. Texas Capitol
3. Texas Capitol
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223 local reviews
1100 Congress Ave, Austin
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 512-463-4630
Justin
Justin
The Texas state capital building is beautiful and there are great sight lines if you approach it walking up Congress Street.
Michael
Michael
Although anywhere in Austin is a sightseeing spot in itself, The State Capital is beautiful and they have free walking tours.
Rachel
Rachel
Made in the fashion of the US capitol (but of red granite), the Texas capitol is a grand sight to see. People are welcome inside, but the g…
4. Mount Bonnell
4. Mount Bonnell
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212 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
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Stephanie & Kendal
See the sights of Austin from the highest point in town :) Cool views of the Lake and stunning houses. Nice hi…
Chris
Very popular sight seeing location. Great place for pictures.
Virginia
Great scenic overlook and view of Downtown Austin. Great for sunsets and nice uphill stair case that arrives …
4. Mount Bonnell
4. Mount Bonnell
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212 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
Stephanie & Kendal
Stephanie & Kendal
See the sights of Austin from the highest point in town :) Cool views of the Lake and stunning houses. Nice hike too!
Chris
Chris
Very popular sight seeing location. Great place for pictures.
Virginia
Virginia
Great scenic overlook and view of Downtown Austin. Great for sunsets and nice uphill stair case that arrives to a fabulous scenic overlook …
5. South Congress
5. South Congress
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60 local reviews
South Congress, Austin
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CareyandEric
The shopping is fabulous. The sightseeing even better. Don't miss Allen's Boots, the original Joe's coffee c…
Troy
A shopping and dining area with a variety of eclectic boutiques, coffee shops and sights. A great place to see…
Shelby
Nice view of the Texas State Capitol; Great vibe! Congress Ave. bridge - sight-seeing (bats at Sunset)
5. South Congress
5. South Congress
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60 local reviews
South Congress, Austin
CareyandEric
CareyandEric
The shopping is fabulous. The sightseeing even better. Don't miss Allen's Boots, the original Joe's coffee chop with the "I Love You So Mu…
Troy
Troy
A shopping and dining area with a variety of eclectic boutiques, coffee shops and sights. A great place to see how locals Keep Austin Weird…
Shelby
Shelby
Nice view of the Texas State Capitol; Great vibe! Congress Ave. bridge - sight-seeing (bats at Sunset)
6. South Congress Avenue
6. South Congress Avenue
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91 local reviews
S Congress Ave, Austin
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Clayton
See all of the 'weird' of Austin. This is a strip south of the river that offers food, beer, shopping and sigh…
Sandy
This fits every category! Great food, nightlife, shopping, sight seeing and people watching. This is Austin!
Desirae
Lots of fun shops, restaurants and sight seeing. Live music every night and great cars line South Congress.
6. South Congress Avenue
6. South Congress Avenue
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91 local reviews
S Congress Ave, Austin
Clayton
Clayton
See all of the 'weird' of Austin. This is a strip south of the river that offers food, beer, shopping and sight-seeing all in one. A must se…
Sandy
Sandy
This fits every category! Great food, nightlife, shopping, sight seeing and people watching. This is Austin!
Desirae
Desirae
Lots of fun shops, restaurants and sight seeing. Live music every night and great cars line South Congress.
7. Lady Bird Lake Trail
7. Lady Bird Lake Trail
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49 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake Trail, Austin
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Edith
It's a great trail for a walk, run or just to sight see. It also has some great picture spots.
Terry
Good spot for sightseeing and enjoying the river that runs through town.
Brett
A favorite place for Austinites of all ages to walk, run or bike. Several open space and park areas for sports…
7. Lady Bird Lake Trail
7. Lady Bird Lake Trail
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49 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake Trail, Austin
Edith
Edith
It's a great trail for a walk, run or just to sight see. It also has some great picture spots.
Terry
Terry
Good spot for sightseeing and enjoying the river that runs through town.
Brett
Brett
A favorite place for Austinites of all ages to walk, run or bike. Several open space and park areas for sports and pets.
8. Museum of the Weird
8. Museum of the Weird
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5 local reviews
412 E 6th St, Austin
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 512-476-5493
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Lyric
If you’re looking for a weird time, the curios of the MOTW is the place for you! Shrunken heads, two headed me…
Lyric
If you’re looking for a weird time, the curios of the MOTW is the place for you! Shrunken heads, two headed me…
Amy
Monsters, zombies, mummies, shrunken heads & the fiji mermaid await you at the Museum of the Weird! Great fun …
8. Museum of the Weird
8. Museum of the Weird
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5 local reviews
412 E 6th St, Austin
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 512-476-5493
Lyric
Lyric
If you’re looking for a weird time, the curios of the MOTW is the place for you! Shrunken heads, two headed mermaids, and much more mysterio…
Lyric
Lyric
If you’re looking for a weird time, the curios of the MOTW is the place for you! Shrunken heads, two headed mermaids, and much more mysterio…
Amy
Amy
Monsters, zombies, mummies, shrunken heads & the fiji mermaid await you at the Museum of the Weird! Great fun for the entire family!
9. Statesman Bat Observation Center
9. Statesman Bat Observation Center
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24 local reviews
305 S Congress Ave, Austin
+1 512-327-9721
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Cari
If it's summertime, the bats are here! This is a great spot to watch North America's largest colony of Mexican…
Michael
The Congress Avenue Bridge bats are now a great tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Y…
Dani
The Congress Ave Bridge spans Town Lake and is home to the largest urban bat colony in N. America. Watch them …
9. Statesman Bat Observation Center
9. Statesman Bat Observation Center
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24 local reviews
305 S Congress Ave, Austin
+1 512-327-9721
Cari
Cari
If it's summertime, the bats are here! This is a great spot to watch North America's largest colony of Mexican freetail bats wake up and fly…
Michael
Michael
The Congress Avenue Bridge bats are now a great tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year. You are sure to enjoy this uniq…
Dani
Dani
The Congress Ave Bridge spans Town Lake and is home to the largest urban bat colony in N. America. Watch them at dusk from mid-March to Nove…
10. Whole Foods Market
10. Whole Foods Market
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219 local reviews
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 512-476-1206
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Jessica
A real sight to see! Seafood bar, pasta bar, taco bar, coffee shop, wine or beer bar.....and SO MUCH more. The…
David
Whole Foods started in Austin. We knew them before they took over the entire world. And we call this one on …
Rachelle
It's the flagship store & it's huge! It's actually a great sightseeing trip. Grab a glass or wine or a beer an…
10. Whole Foods Market
10. Whole Foods Market
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219 local reviews
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 512-476-1206
Jessica
Jessica
A real sight to see! Seafood bar, pasta bar, taco bar, coffee shop, wine or beer bar.....and SO MUCH more. The flagship store for Whole Food…
David
David
Whole Foods started in Austin. We knew them before they took over the entire world. And we call this one on Lamar between 5th and 6th stre…
Rachelle
Rachelle
It's the flagship store & it's huge! It's actually a great sightseeing trip. Grab a glass or wine or a beer and wander around.
11. Congress Bridge Bats
11. Congress Bridge Bats
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62 local reviews
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Paula
Near downtown, 15 minutes by car: The nightly ritual of the bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue bridg…
Kenny
Head on to the Congress Ave Bridge to see millions of bats fly out during sunset. Extraordinary sight! Peak se…
Jennifer
Every night at sunset from Spring to early Fall, the largest colony of Mexican Freetailed bats emerge from ben…
11. Congress Bridge Bats
11. Congress Bridge Bats
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62 local reviews
Paula
Paula
Near downtown, 15 minutes by car: The nightly ritual of the bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue bridge is awesome sight. Austin has…
Kenny
Kenny
Head on to the Congress Ave Bridge to see millions of bats fly out during sunset. Extraordinary sight! Peak season is in August. Try to get …
Jennifer
Jennifer
Every night at sunset from Spring to early Fall, the largest colony of Mexican Freetailed bats emerge from beneath the Congress Street Bridg…