Things to Do

12 Awesome Things To Do in Austin for… Free!

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Austin has something for everyone, making it, oh so easy to love. Having lots to offer for free just makes such an eclectic city that much more delightful. Though there are many, here are 12 free ways to experience Austin:

1. Tour The Governor’s Mansion

Governor's Mansion

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Free tours are offered Wednesdays – Fridays afternoons. Since walk-ins aren’t accepted, schedule tour at least a week in advance.

2. Tour The State Capitol Building

Texas State Capitol

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Tours are offered daily and can either be self-guided or group. Many specialty tours, such as Women of Texas History and Holiday Tours, are also occasionally offered.

3. Lady Bird Lake

Austin Skyline from Lady Bird Lake

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The lake formally know as Town Lake is the heart and soul of the outdoor enthusiasts of Austin. Paddleboard, kayak, or canoe the lake while live music drifts over the water from nearby bands.

4. Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

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If water sports aren’t your style, the hike-and-bike’s 10 miles of wide, smooth trail is a great way to see the lake.

5. The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

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The Boardwalk, bedecked with artwork by artist Ken Little, presents visitors with seven spectacular viewing decks in which to admire Austin’s skyline beyond the lake.

6. Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek

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With alluring swimming holes, diverse hiking and biking trails, and sheer cliffs challenging climbers to scale them, it’s no wonder why locals love Barton Creek Greenbelt. It also is considered the 7th best hiking trail in Texas.

7. Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records

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What better place to take in a free live music performance than in a record store? Browse vinyls, CDs, and apparel all while having an authentic Austin experience.

8. Mount Bonnell

Couple at Mount Bonnell
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