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

Area & Activities


Fun Things to Do in Austin

Austin is many things: cutting-edge live music; the seat of Texas government; a thriving foodie landscape; an outdoor adventurer’s dream town; home to exotic wildlife ranging from North America’s largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats to nomadic herds of UT Austin students usually seen foraging for food or a good time. However you choose to describe it, Austin is unlike anywhere else in the world, except Austin, of course.


At the epicenter of it all, near the Austin Convention Center, the University of Texas campus and the Austin capitol building, you’ll find W Austin Hotel. Our 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 the 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 will put you through your paces. Kayak or swim in Lady Bird Johnson Lake, then dry off and hit the Hike and Bike Trail that runs along the shore. Set sail on Lake Travis and find out why it’s called the “Crown Jewel” of the Central Texas Highland Lakes. Get your daily lap swim in at Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park, which is where you’ll also find the Botanical Gardens, Science & Nature Center, a miniature train and a disc golf course.


When it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife our 2nd District neighborhood is the first place guests and Austin locals go. Head in any direction from the hotel to check out eclectic, almost entirely locally owned shops, restaurants and clubs. Venture a little further to the Warehouse District or SoCo and it’ll be easy to see why Austin’s music, dining and socializing scene is one of the most diverse in the country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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