Fun things to do in Austin

Experiences

Austin is many things, host to the latest live music, the seat of Texas government, a thriving foodie landscape and an outdoor adventurer’s dream town. We're even home to exotic wildlife, ranging from North America’s largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats to the nomadic herds of UT Austin students foraging for food or a good time. However it’s described, Austin is unlike anywhere else in the world. Except Austin, of course. Find W Austin at the epicenter of it all, near the Moody Theater, the University of Texas campus and the capitol building. Our hotel's location in the vibrant 2nd Street District gives you a front row seat to the legendary Austin City Limits music venue, the annual South by Southwest music festival and roughly 250 nightclubs, theaters and concert arenas that make up the “Live Music Capital of the World.” When you want to clear your head or work up a sweat, the city has plenty of places that put you through your paces.

On-Site Outlets
Nail Suite

AWAY® Spa

Start your trip in downtown Austin with a little "me time" and a glow. Unplug from it all at AWAY® Spa with a signature massage, facial, pedicure and more

FIT - Cardio equipment

FIT

Swimming pool with rows of deck chairs and cabanas

Swimming

WET®

Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM

Fri-Sun: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Outdoor

Towels provided

Pool and Cabanas

W Austin WET

From sunrise to sunset, W Austin's WET® pool deck is open for your dipping pleasure. Located on the 4th floor, the WET deck features private cabanas, lounge chairs, tanning shelves, fireplace and two outdoor showers to rinse off.

AWAY Spa

Relax at the luxury Austin AWAY Spa, located in downtown Austin inside the W Austin hotel. Spa treatments are uniquely designed to detox, release tension and refuel your spirit. Guests of Austin's AWAY Spa will receive complimentary parking for the day of their service.

Women's Lounge

Spa Services & Amenities

Designed with you in mind, the treatment rooms at AWAY Spa allow flexibility to fit your schedule. Unwind in one of seven treatment rooms that welcome you to explore sensory delights and cutting edge-design that woos you with vivid colors, playful scents, imaginative sounds, energizing light, and detoxifying potions. A surprising space that unravels with every step inside as you encounter cool aqua tones, antiquated furniture accents and an art installation by local artist Jennifer Prichard.

View the official Austin AWAY Spa website for hours, spa services, treatments, products and more. Don't let great rates get away from you.

Book now to get our Best Available Rates, guaranteed.

6th Street Detox

Delight in a full-body time-out. Exfoliate any dryness with a full-body sugar scrub. Warm towels gently melt and remove the scrub, and a blended detox oil is applied to nourish the skin. Your therapist will incorporate Swedish massage techniques during this step for ultimate relaxation. The whole body is then wrapped to allow the goodness to soak in. While cocooned, warmed oil is drizzled through the hair and combined with a relaxing scalp massage.

Over the Hills and Far Away (VIP)

Rock out to this Zeppelin-inspired VIP treatment with all of the features of an exclusive detox. Many guests describe themselves as “floating” after this one, making it a Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven”! It is a concoction of our best add-on services, beginning with a full-body dry brushing to exfoliate the skin, followed by a detoxifying parafango mud back treatment and foot scrub & paraffin treatment. Then flowing into a full-body Swedish massage, finishing with a Refuel Scalp Treatment including warm nourishing and a scalp massage.

AWAY Manicure

Welcome to the best manicure in town, hands down. With cuticle maintenance and massage, we’re completely hands on about this miraculous mani. Nails are topped with polish or left handsomely bare. Say hello to handsome.

AWAY Pedicure

Who’s got a foot fetish? We do. Our perfect signature pedi is designed to decompress and impress. Once buffed and scrubbed, we’ll give your soles a mini massage. Then we’ll trim, clip, file and polish. Happy feet. What a treat.

AWAY Mani-Pedi Combo

As it suggests, combine the AWAY Manicure and AWAY Pedicure to give you fabulous nails -fingers and toes.

Gel Manicure

All the benefits of an AWAY Manicure, but with application of gel polish. This allows a durable, chip-free, high-shine manicure that can last up to two weeks on natural nails.

Gel Pedicure

All the benefits of an AWAY Pedicure, but with the application of gel polish. This allows high shine, longer wear ability, and instantly dry.

Smooth Operator

If your feet are looking “rough around the edges”, this is the pedicure for you. Unwanted calluses are removed with a specialized Callus Blaster cream, then dry skin is exfoliated with a sugar scrub, and a balm is massaged in to moisturize and freshen. Plus enjoy all of the standard benefits our AWAY Pedicure. You will “walk on clouds” after this one.

Ready to Rock and Roll

Gel Manicure + AWAY Pedicure are a popular combination to make you feel shiny and new again, and ready to ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’.

Gel Removal with Service

AWAY

Rest and recover with our signature massage. Designed to promote deep relaxation using light to moderate pressure.

Detox

Partied like a rock star? Let this detoxifying massage free your body of built up toxins, enabling you to recharge for your next big adventure. This service begins with a full-body dry brushing to exfoliate dry skin and assist lymphatic drainage of toxins, followed by a full-body massage with a blended detoxifying massage oil to make you feel new again.

Peace Out

Drift into a Lone Star State of mind with your choice of aromatherapy added to our AWAY massage. Sweet dreams, Austin.

Mother-to-Be

For all of those mamas out there, in need of soothing comfort and relaxation, this full-body massage is for you. The therapist can utilize our specialty cushions, which allow our expectant mothers a rare treat of being face down in their massage. If side-lying is your preference we can customize to you. This treatment is available during second and third trimester.

Walk On

This full-body Ashiatsu Massage uses an ancient Japanese technique in which the therapist utilizes their feet and body weight to deliver deep, broad, consistent pressure that results in an ultimate deep tissue therapeutic massage. Not recommended for guests who are pregnant.

  • Waxing Services
  • Brow Waxing
  • Lip or Chin Waxing
  • Underarm Waxing
  • Bikini Waxing
  • Full/Half Arm Waxing
  • Full/Half Leg Waxing
  • Back Waxing
  • Brazilian
  • Manzilian (All clients taking Retin-A, Accutane, or other drugs that cause skin sensitivity should abstain from waxing.)
  • Lash Tint
  • Brow Tint

Solo Style Packages

Illuminate

  • 6th Street Detox Body Treatment - 90 min
  • Brighten Up Facial - 60 min

Radiate

  • Over the Hills and Far Away - 105 min
  • AWAY Manicure and Pedicure - 75 min

Full Glow

  • Ready to Rock 'n' Roll (Gel Manicure + AWAY Pedicure) - 105 min
  • Detox Massage-90 min
  • AWAY Facial -60 min

BFF Packages

  • We require 2-4 friends only.

Fresh

  • AWAY Massage - 60 min
  • Detox Body Brushing - 15 min

Fab

  • Detox Massage - 90 min
  • Mud Back Treatment - 15 min

Glam

  • AWAY Massage - 60 min
  • AWAY Facial - 60 min
  • Gel Manicure OR Away Pedicure

FIT Workout

Energize at FIT, our 3,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art, fully-equipped gym. Stretch high and reach for the sky where energizing is easy, whether you prefer yoga, lifting, cycling or just jogging.

FIT - Cardio equipment

Fun Things to Do in Austin

W Austin is located centrally in downtown Austin, TX in the 2nd Street District, 11 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and close to heaps of things to do in Austin. The downtown W Austin hotel is located next door to the Austin City Limits venue and within walking distance to more than 50 shopping, dining and entertainment options. The Austin Convention Center is one mile away and the University of Texas is a quick drive, only two miles from the hotel. No matter what you enjoy, you'll find plenty of things to do in Austin. Magnify your W experience by booking our Best Available Rates, guaranteed.

You don’t have to go far to find to find the music scene. Austin City Limits, the legendary home to some of the most storied rock performances, is right next door. Step out into the world-renowned live music capital of the world, where independent rock, punk, garage, New Wave, Tex-Mex, Americana, alternative and progressive genres mash up on stages all around, culminating in the annual South by Southwest festival, one of the most important events in entertainment. Beyond the music, the 2nd Street District energy sends good vibrations around the clock—immerse in the rhythm of more than 50 specialty boutiques, dining destinations and nightlife hot spots in the country, almost all locally owned.

Looking for some of Austin's best-kept secrets and top attractions? Explore our top picks of the best things to do in Austin, all based on your interest.

Since being crowned the capital of Texas in 1893, Austin's friendly spirit and assorted industries have attracted an eclectic population defined by art, music, politics, and progressive thinking. These elements have created a mosaic of change and creative independence in an otherwise conservative state. The city's black sheep status was amplified in the 1970s, when artists like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn were looking for a place to escape the commercial pressures of Nashville and settled on Austin, laying the first pieces of what would become the city's vibrant musical scene. Subsequently, Austin has been named the Live Music Capital of the World and is host to the annual South by Southwest music, arts, and cinema festival and the Austin City Limits music festival.

Austin's official motto is the Live Music Capital of the World and its unofficial motto, "Keep Austin Weird." Together, these sayings-along with traditional Southern hospitality and a "peace and love" philosophy-summarize the heart of the city's social scene. During the day, the capital buzzes with politics, business, and endless outdoor activities. In the evening, its bohemian sensibility takes over with impromptu gatherings and jam sessions at over 100 nightly live-music venues, which draw a diverse crowd ranging from bikers to professors to organic farmers-and visitors are always welcome.

Located in central Texas, Austin is both the state's capital city and the home of the University of Texas. Its rivers, hills, and lakes are a dramatic contrast to central Texas' plains, providing numerous outdoor destinations. Within the city, the burgeoning 2nd Street District, where W Austin is situated, is a medley of destination shops, restaurants, museums, music venues, and City Hall-punctuated by communal green spaces. The hotel itself shares a space with the Austin City Limits, where all genres of musicians come to play. The studio steps are a pre- and post-concert hangout, providing a place for musicians and fans, locals, and visitors to mix and mingle. W Hotel Austin also hosts many events during Formula 1 Austin, which occurs in November each year.

Citygram Austin is the city’s mobile magazine. Download a complimentary issue on your smartphone or tablet to get connected to the best local events, restaurants, and boutiques.

Check out our W Insider's Cool Hunter Guide for the latest hot spots and happenings around town.

Austin City Limits

W Austin is the closest of hotels near Austin City Limits, proudly located right next door and providing convenient access to the venue during your stay at our downtown Austin hotel.

Table, metal screen and a deck chair on a balcony

W Austin is the closest of hotels near Austin City Limits, proudly located right next door and providing convenient access to the venue during your stay at our downtown Austin hotel.

Austin City Limits (ACL) is the longest running music series in American television history. As it is officially referred to, the Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater is a state-of-the-art facility that sets the stage for live musical performances from your favorite artists and some of the world's best undiscovered talent within an intimate setting. And, as mentioned above, it is the new home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program Austin City Limits.

The Austin City Limits Live venue hosts three intimate levels (2,700 + capacity):

  • Level 1 - Stage & General Admission / Reserved Seats
  • Level 2 - Premium Theater Seating, Suites, & Austin City Limits Gallery featuring Scott Newton's iconic photographs
  • Level 3 - Theater Seating
  • Address | 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin TX 78701
  • Venue Phone | 877 471 4225
  • Tickets | 877 435 9849
  • ACL Website| www.acl-live.com
  • Music | Live
  • Outdoor Setting | No
  • Good for Groups | Yes
  • Good for Kids | No
  • Alcohol | Full Bar
  • Coat Check | No
  • Noise Level | Average
  • Good For Dancing | Yes
  • Smoking | Outdoor area patio only

Happenings

Live it up and experience the best of Austin events right from our hotel. Never boring, our wide range of happenings ensures there will be something fun for everyone. Own the moment in a fitness class, or be bold and take in our incredible DJ-sound tracked rhythm in The Living Room.

Hotel Activity Highlights
Pool and Cabanas
WET Deck

Located on the 4th floor, the WET Deck is the place to be. Enjoy W WET Deck happenings with live music or reserve a cabana and Kashbahs for the day.

Deck chairs and cabanas arranged around a pool
Soundwave

Pool season has begun, y'all. Join us for for Sunday Funday at Soundwave. Beats by Bird Peterson & DJ Kurupt. Complimentary entry for hotel guests.

More Local Area & Activities
Austin Nightlife

W Austin hotel guests are invited to explore Austin nightlife in our lounges and nightclubs. Dress code is enforced and access is not guaranteed. For more information and to inquire about VIP tables and bottle service, contact W Concierge at 512.542.3600. Turn up the night by booking now to get our Best Available Rates, guaranteed.

Austin Music Festivals

Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World® and home to some of the most vibrant music festivals! When staying at W Austin, don't miss all of the great Austin music festivals throughout the year. You can catch a live show nearly every day. The live music festivals in Austin fill the city with sounds of rock, blues, jazz, country, classical and Latin music throughout the year.

The University of Texas Austin

The University of Texas is just a quick drive away, only 2 miles from the W Austin, the best choice among hotels near University of Texas Austin. In Big 12 Conference sports, Texas has claimed more titles in men’s and women’s sports than any other school since the league began operating in 1996. From football to track, university athletics teams have earned more than 40 national championships,

Second Street District

Austin's Second Street District features six-blocks of shopping, dining and entertainment venues and is located north of Town Lake, along the south edge of downtown Austin, TX. Hotel guests of W Austin will love the fact that they are located in the heart of this vibrant and pedestrian-friendly area, surrounded by local shops, restaurants, the Austin Convention Center, City Hall and many things to do while visit