Area & Activities

Experiences

A blend of eclectic eateries, shops and music venues, 6th Street Entertainment District is a lively neighborhood in downtown Austin, TX. Wander through a mix of historic and modern buildings until you reach the nearby Texas State Capitol. Home to the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park boasts 350 acres of lush green landscape close to our hotel. Take your dog to play frisbee before returning for a drink on the rooftop of our pet-friendly hotel.

Things to Do in Downtown Austin

Located just steps from the historic 6th Street, Aloft Austin Downtown is close to the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Austin.

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Entertainment

2nd Street District - 0.5 miles - Indulge in local cuisine, shop local at one of the many boutiques or catch live music every night of the week.

6th Street Entertainment District - 1 block away - Enjoy live music and entertainment on this historic street featuring re-purposed homes and commercial buildings.

Austin City Limits Live - 0.5 miles - This venue hosts over 100 concerts a year and serves as the permanent home for the acclaimed PBS series, Austin City Limits.

South Congress Avenue - 1.2 miles - South Congress Avenue (SoCo) is a vibrant neighborhood located just south of Lady Bird Lake. Explore local boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and music venues.

 

Community

Austin Convention Center - 0.5 miles - Host your next large event or meeting at this convention center featuring over 800,000 square feet of space.

Palmer Events Center - 1.2 miles - This urban park is the perfect place to host your next special event, featuring live oak and cypress trees, and a hill overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

Texas Capitol - 0.3 miles - Take a free tour of the historic state capitol building and learn about the history and legislature of Texas.

University of Texas at Austin - 1.2 miles - Visit the campus or cheer on the Longhorns at this university known for its research and community.

 

Arts & Culture

Paramount Theatre - 1 block away - Open for more than 100 years, this historic theater plays classic films and hosts small events.

The Long Center for Performing Arts - 1 mile - See a show at Austin's only live entertainment venue with over 80% of performances coming from local artists.

ZACH Theatre - 1.5 miles - This non-profit regional theater is the oldest continuously active theater company in Texas.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum - 1.2 miles - Visit this museum and learn about the history of Texas. Also enjoy rotating exhibits throughout the year, and see a film at the movie theater.

 

Recreation

Barton Springs Pool - 2.8 miles - This unique three-acre pool is fed from the underground springs and located in the middle of this bustling city. Stay refreshed with its mild temperatures all year long.

Lady Bird Lake - 2.4 miles - Situated around downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake is an oasis you didn't know you were looking for. Rent a boat, kayak or paddleboard for an afternoon of freshwater activities.

Zilker Metropolitan Park - 2.1 miles - Take in the fresh air at Zilker Metropolitan Park. Breeze through the botanical gardens, nature museum, science center, and hillside theater all within this historic park.

Things to Do Nearby
Aerial view of Austin Texas.

Entertainment Districts

Catch some live music at the famed 6th Street Entertainment District or check out the party scene in the early 20th century bungalows turned bars/restaurants along Rainey Street.

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Landmarks and Museums

A number of Austin landmarks and museums are nearby if you'd like to get a little culture while in town. If you're looking for something not quite as refined, explore the many statues and graffiti murals around town.

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Outdoor Activities

Live like a local when you explore the outdoor activities at the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, and Barton Springs Pool.

University of Texas Austin

With top-ranked academics and Texas pride, UT Austin prides themselves on their strong community and rich traditions. Whether visiting campus or cheering on the Longhorns, Aloft Austin Downtown is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Fall Football Fare
Our hotel is conveniently located only 1.9 miles from all of the excitement on campus. Spend some time with family and friends as you jump into the experience of Texas football. Book early and save on select game day weekends when you stay two nights or more.

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Austin Convention Center

Hold your next large meeting or event at the Austin Convention Center, a LEED® Gold certified building. Located less than a mile from Aloft Austin Dowtown, this convention center has four levels of exhibit halls, ballrooms, and meeting spaces. With over 800,000 square feet, and one of the largest ballrooms in Texas, the Austin Convention Center is the perfect place for your next large event.

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SXSW

South by Southwest

Stay in close proximity to South by Southwest when you stay with us at Aloft Austin Downtown. You'll enjoy a variety of exciting experiences during this one-of-a-kind annual event, right here in Austin.

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Music

As the largest music festival of its kind in the world, SXSW features over 2,000 music artists from around the globe. You'll enjoy a variety of artists, genres, and amazing entertainment venues as you explore the festival.

Film

Spanning nine days, you'll be exposed to the latest and greatest in film at SXSW. Enjoy special sneak previews of new films, and maybe even see a few of your favorite actors speak during the events.

Interactive

Immerse yourself in the latest emerging technology at SXSW Interactive. Explore a trade show, listen to speakers, and learn about what's on the horizon with creative technology.

SXSW Festival Shuttles at The Austin Convention Center

There is a complimentary festival shuttle that picks up from the Austin Convention Center, providing transportation to all SXSW events throughout the day.