200 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas 78701 USA
+1 512-542-3600

Area & Activities

Fun Things to Do in Austin

Austin is awesome. Where the heart of rock & roll beats, keep company with bands like Spoon, Roky Erikson, Okkervil River and Ghostland Observatory in a scene hotter than the Texas heat. And W Austin is right in the middle of it, fronting the stylish, sophisticated set in the city’s most happening neighborhood, the 2ND Street District.

What’s that sound? Why, you don’t have to go too far to find out—you’re next door to Austin City Limits, the legendary home to some of the most storied rock performances. Or 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. But there’s a lot more playing around here than just 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.

After partying with the in crowd, get out to make a splash at Lady Bird Johnson Lake, circled by the Hike and Bike Trail. Whether you’re kayaking, rowing, running, biking or strolling, you can’t stop the music—the lake also hosts the Austin City Limits festival, one of the major music events of the year, as well as the Austin Reggae Festival, Spamarama, and many more open-air concerts. Then do it all over again at Zilker Park, home to the Barton Springs Pool, Botanical Gardens, Science & Nature Center, a miniature train and a disc golf course. On Lake Travis, sail off into the sunset where you can sip a cocktail against yet another one of the city’s spectacular settings.

“Keep Austin Weird” all the time. Take flight just a few blocks from the Congress Avenue Bridge and visit North America’s largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, with as many as 1.5 million critters in the summer when you can watch the dramatic sight of the bats streaming out at dusk—you’re not the only creatures of the night in town.

If the live wire in you is still sparking, do the Texas two-step to the Warehouse District for more restaurants and music. SoCo is a haven for retro boutiques and funky finds where shops open late for shopping, dining and music on the first Thursday of every month.

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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.

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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.



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.


Family and Children's Activities

0.7 miles

The Escape Game Austin

Challenge yourself to solve puzzles and find clues to get out from this exciting and immersive escape game.

0.8 miles

Esther's Follies

This modern-day vaudeville theater show features magic, juggling, singing and more.

1 mile

Austin Panic Room

Put your powers of deduction to the test and escape from one of four unique rooms before time runs out.

6 miles

Maze Rooms Austin

Maze Rooms offers engaging and interactive escape games to challenge your skills of observation and deduction.

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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. W Austin is located in downtown Austin, providing great access to attend these music festivals and a great place to retreat after a long day exploring all of the history, culture and entertainment options this city has to offer. Austin, TX hosts nearly 200 venues and is home to thousands of musicians.

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, and current and former University of Texas at Austin athletes have won 88 Olympic medals, including 19 in Athens in 2004.In a 2002 cover story, Sports Illustrated magazine named The University of Texas at Austin No. 1 among the nation’s 324 Division I athletic programs. The magazine cited the university’s success in athletic competition, attendance at sporting events on campus and a participation rate of more than 80 percent in intramural and club sports programs.

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 visiting Austin.

Local Attractions

Lake Travis

17.1 miles from hotel

Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd

1.6 miles from hotel

Barton Springs Pool

2131 William Barton Dr

2.3 miles S from Hotel

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd

3.6 miles from hotel

Lady Bird Lake

Congress Ave & Cesar Chavez

2.3 miles S from Hotel

Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

1.6 miles N from Hotel

Room Escape Games

0.7 miles from hotel

Sightseeing Tours

0.7 miles from hotel

Zach Theatre

1 mile from hotel

The Moody Theater

0.1 miles from hotel

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

0.8 miles from hotel

LBJ Presidential Library

2.5 miles from hotel

Austin City Limits Live

0.1 miles from hotel

Texas State Cemetery

1.9 miles from hotel

Texas Military Forces Museum

4.7 miles from hotel

Austin Toy Museum

0.2 miles from hotel

Fitness Nearby

11 miles

Brodie Park CrossFit

  • Fitness classes: Fee

Spa Nearby

1 mile from hotel from hotel

Services, Treatments and Amenities

Area Sightseeing

Capital Cruises - Bat Cruise

Lady Bird Lake

Capital Cruises

Phone: +1 512 4809264; ext= 9264

State Capitol Tours

Texas State Capitol Building

Texas Sate Government

Phone: +1 512-305-8402

Austin Segway Tour

Downtown Sight Seeing

Transport yourself

Phone: +1 512-298-9781

More Activities

Boating (18 miles) Jet-skiing (18 miles) Kayaking (2 miles) Sailing (18 miles) Scuba diving (18 miles) Water-skiing (18 miles) Surfing (10 miles) Bike Rentals

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