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Things to Do in Downtown Austin


Enjoy exploring Congress Avenue, catching a show at a local theater, or shopping along 2nd Street. View our list of the best things to do in downtown Austin below, and book your stay today at Aloft Austin Downtown.

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Best Things to Do


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.
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