Austin Quick Guide
Austin, officially known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," is a high tech town with a laid-back feel. Combined with an abundance of natural beauty and plentiful opportunities for partaking in outdoor pursuits, this unique Texas town has earned a much deserved ranking as one of the most livable cities in the country.
The city's economy is driven by business services, computer hardware and software manufacturing, education, electronics design, and government.
Austin City Hall is located at 301 W. Second Street. Not only is it the municipal center of city operations, the building also serves as a community meeting point and unique cultural venue.
Getting Around or Getting Away
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Need a flight to or from Austin? Find a travel agent, or arrange for airport transportation to or from ABIA - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Need a place to stay? Also find Austin Hotels on TripAdvisor.
Making Austin Your Home
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Where to Go in Austin
Austin's Sixth Street Entertainment District, located between Congress and IH 35, is the nucleus for live entertainment, arts, cultural events, dining and more.
The city rolls out the red carpet to celebrate contributions to and innovations in film, music and multimedia at the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) held annually each March.
Things to Do in Austin
Austin is home to the oldest state office building in Texas - the Capital Visitors Center - which is rich with exhibits, photos and more that tell the story of the Lone Star State and its capital city, an honor Austin captured from Houston back in 1839. Several other museums offer a wealth of information for history buffs, while a number of world class galleries showcase the visual arts as well.
And while Austin has no shortage of things to do that celebrate its western heritage, the city's cultural scene is a vibrant one. The Austin Symphony is the city's oldest performing arts group, while Ballet Austin is celebrating five decades of riveting dance performances and Austin Lyric Opera has earned a reputation for excellence since its founding in 1986.
Popular Austin Attractions
- Arboretum at Great Hills
- Austin Zoo
- Blanton Museum of Art
- Zilker Botanical Gardens