Austin has something for everyone of any age; from parks and trails to museums and theaters, there’s no shortage of attractions and activities. Whether you’re new to the area, a life-long resident, or visiting for a week or two, you’ll find something to enjoy in and around Austin. The team at MAXIM Hair Restoration has compiled a list of the top four things to do in Austin, Texas, to help point you in the right direction.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk
Image via Flickr by Gary J Wood
Located at the First Street Bridge at Lady Bird Lake, you’ll find the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail with a boardwalk to enjoy. This 10-mile stretch of trails border Lady Bird Lake, offering an oasis for cyclists, runners, and walkers alike. Between West Cesar Chavez Street and West Riverside Drive, you can cross Lady Bird Lake via the Ann and Roy Butler pedestrian bridge. You’ll pass by skyscrapers, ball fields, neighborhoods, and cultural attractions as you wander along the water’s edge.
The 7,250-foot Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake offers more than 300 piers, 13,000 LED lights to brighten your path, 2,200 pre-cast concrete deck planks, and 1.3 million pounds of structural steel. All of this is used to create viewing areas, including an ADA-accessible pier and a new restroom. You can also enjoy the beautiful displays at the Boardwalk for Art in Public Places, a Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department program that commissioned artist Ken Little.
You can visit the Boardwalk from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Parking is available in many places around the trail. Fishing is not allowed on the main trail, but you can cast off from any rest areas. You can get to the Boardwalk via several access points for a day of hiking, fishing, or fun in the sun.
Bullock Texas State History Museum
To experience innovative films, ever-changing exhibits, and unique events and programs, check out the Bullock Texas State History Museum located at 1800 Congress Ave. in Austin. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with various exhibitions, IMAX film series and programs, and events and programs available. The four current exhibits include Texas History Galleries, Texas Oil and Gas, Becoming Texas, and Austin City Limits Theater. Coming soon is an exhibit titled Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibition.
The IMAX film series and programs have current offerings from Texas Focus, Reel Women in Film, B Movies and Bad History, Viva Cinema, and Francophone Film Series. The Summer Family Film Series includes “Magnificent Homespun Brown” and “I Can Be President, A Kid’s Eye View.” You can also view current feature films, such as “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” at the IMAX. The Bullox Museum Texas Spirit Theater is also open and showing “Shipwrecked” and “The Star of Destiny.”
The Austin Aquarium offers you and your family an interactive experience with marine life, mammals, birds, and reptiles Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can purchase an annual pass to visit as much as you want throughout the year or a daily pass for a single visit. At the Austin Aquarium, you can experience animal encounters, participate in the morning rounds, view mermaids, and get a princess makeover.
Animal encounters range from feeding the fish to spending time with a sloth, kinkajou, or lemur. You can also feed the octopus, stingray, otter, sharks, and more. Morning-round participants may assist with water quality, feeding, prepping meals, or helping maintain the filtration system. It’s a great way to experience a day in the life of an aquarium staff member. Austin Aquarium also has its own mermaid who performs both at the aquarium and is available for private bookings outside of the aquarium. A princess makeover includes hair, makeup, dress, and being named Austin Aquarium’s princess for the day.
You can even book your next birthday party at the Austin Aquarium for a special per guest fee, with a mermaid visit, face painting, mammal, or sloth interactions as possible add-ons for a unique birthday. Visit the aquarium today at 13530 N. Highway 183, #101 in Austin.
McKinney Falls State Park
Quite possibly, one of the most beautiful sights in Austin is the McKinney Falls State Park, offering views of rugged beauty as Onion Creek flows over the limestone edge into the pools below. You can also explore the remains of an ancient rock shelter and early Texas homestead at McKinney Falls State Park. With camping, hiking, mountain biking, geocaching, and picnicking available, there’s no shortage of activities at McKinney Falls.
You can stay in one of 81 campsites with electricity and water or rent one of the six cabins, newly remodeled for your convenience. The park offers more than nine miles of trails, including the Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail with a hard surface for bikes or strollers, offering 2.8 miles of exercise and scenic views. Fish from the shore in Williamson or Onion creeks, and, as long as you stay onshore, you don’t even need a fishing license in a Texas state park.
McKinney Falls State Park is located at 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy. in Austin, with hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. There is a $6 per adult daily fee and free admission for children ages 12 and younger. The park regularly reaches full capacity, so reservations are highly recommended for daily park use and camping. You can reserve passes and camping sites online.
There it is. The MAXIM Hair Restoration team has touched on the numerous activities, events, places to visit, and more in Austin, Texas, with these top four picks. If you have something you’d like to add, reach out to us at 802-370-3227 or fill out our convenient online contact us form. We love exploring and enjoying the Austin area and look forward to checking out your favorite things to do.