If you’re new in the Austin area or just looking for something to do, we’ve got you covered. As someone who was born and raised in this city, I truly believe Austin is one of the most beautiful cities in America. We’ve got outdoor activities, tasty food, and big events here. Here we’ve listed 4 great free things to do that will make your day – guaranteed. So let’s dive right in.
Blanton Museum of Art
If you like art, you’ll love this one. The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the best university art museums out there. It’s home to pieces from hugely famous artists like Rembrandt and Picasso. It’s collection has a huge diversity of art that ranges from paintings, to drawings, to sculptures, to prints – it essentially has one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of art in central Texas. Entrance is free every Thursday, and tickets become available on Friday the week before.
It can be located on MLK Blvd on the UT Campus.
Zilker Park is one of the best parks that Austin has to offer. Zilker was founded in 1934, and is home to 350 acres of beautiful green pastures located in downtown Austin. Here we have a huge area that can host not only big live music events, but offers plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy that are completely free. Barton Springs Pool is here, along with the Austin Nature and Science Center. You’ll also find the botanical gardens here.
Zilker also hosts Austin City Limits, and in the summer they have Blues on the Green. Blues on the Green has hosted artists such as Bob Schneider and Shaky Graves. Best of all, it’s a free music series! It’s celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year, so be sure to grab a blanket and some friends and enjoy some live music if you want to catch some live music in the summer! There’s also plenty of free daily activities to enjoy here, such as sand volleyball, hiking trails, disc golf, picnics, and Lady Bird Lake activities.
If you’re a history buff, you’ve got to pay a visit to the Texas Capitol. It’s steeped in a deep, rich history that has a lot to offer. It’s been around since the late 1800’s, so there’s plenty to learn here if that’s what you’re into. This is a great free attraction everyone should go to at least once.
There’s a few options here. There are guided tours that usually depart every 30 to 45 minutes, or self guided tours where you can explore on your own time. They also offer private group tours of groups with 10+ people if you reserve your time slot!
Barton Creek Green Belt
Barton Creek Green Belt is one of the most beautiful areas of Texas Hill Country. It’s home to over 12 miles of hiking & biking trails. This is the perfect place to go if you want to relax outside on a beautiful day, whether it’s a nice stroll or a blood pumping run!
There are beautiful destinations all over the area such as Twin falls or Campbells Hole (which is a swimming hole that often has less traffic than some of Barton Creek’s more popular spots). The area is pet friendly so make sure to bring your furry friends with you! You can find plenty of parking at the main access point.
Look for the main trail head just off of Loop 360.