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Austin Holidays

Austin is a city defined by its Texas barbeque food and a world famous music scene. Here, eclectic taste and an independent spirit rule and the sense of self expression suits the bohemian locals perfectly. Get a taste of Texas and discover this laid back city for yourself on an Austin holiday

In a city known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, Austinites know how to enjoy the sweet sounds of a music and they don’t discriminate: you can enjoy all kinds of music here. On any night of the week, East Sixth Street and the Red River district’s bars resonate with the sound of live bands and people dancing. But music is only part of Austin’s rich culture; head to Downtown Austin and take a guided tour of the Texas State Capitol Building and learn about the state’s history in the Bullock Texas State History Museum, or take a trip to the University of Texas campus and spend an afternoon wandering the Blanton Museum of Art.

A touch of tranquility in Austin

In Downtown Austin, Zilker Park calls visitors and locals alike to take a breather from the urbanity and luxuriate in the park’s many gems. Take an afternoon to relax in the Barton Springs pool, refreshing after a day in the Texas sunshine. See the city’s striking skyline as you glide over the water of Lady Bird Lake on a kayak or paddleboard and meander around the streams, waterfalls and stunning flora of the Zilker Botanical Gardens. 

Why not hire a car and turn your Austin holiday into a classic United States road trip, stopping off at some of the Deep South states? As you go, learn about the pivotal historical events that have come to define the country and enjoy even more barbecue and Southern Fried cuisine. 

Destination Highlights
  • Discover Texas history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Eat delicious food and take in live bands in the cultural Red River District
  • Take a dip in the Barton Springs freshwater pool and relax next to Barton Creek
  • Ride the Hill Country Flyer and journey along a historic rail line from Cedar Park to Burnet

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights available from Ireland.

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required
  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    "Every evening around dusk in Austin, approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from the nooks and crannies of the Congress Avenue Bridge. It’s the largest urban bat colony in the world; it’s absolutely amazing watching them fill the sky."

  • Jessica, Destination Manager

    Jessica

    Destination Manager

    "For a fantastic night out, head to Austin's Rainey Street. The historic houses have been transformed into unique bars. When hunger strikes, you can grab a bite to eat from a local food truck."

  • South by Southwest

    Held in March, South by Southwest is one of the most important events in Austin, bringing together music, film and technology showcases and interactive conferences. Spread out over multiple venues, the event features lots of tech companies, musicians and filmmakers showcasing material to new and old fans who travel from all over the world to meet and network. You can expect live music, films, technology demonstrations, panels and pitches. 

  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    The impressive Austin City Limits Music Festival plays out over two three-day weekends each October. Over 140 acts perform to huge crowds in the city’s Zilker Park, including some big names. There’s also a great choice of food to choose from, with food trucks dishing up all sorts of festival-friendly cuisine.

  • Austin Film Festival

    Each October, Austin hosts an eight day long film festival with a focus on the art of screenwriting. Spend the days soaking up behind the scenes knowledge at panels with screenwriters and directors, then head to one of the downtown theatres to take in one of the many films screened throughout the festival. 

  • Texas Barbecue

    Alongside Tex-Mex cuisine, barbecue meat is a staple in many Austinites’ diets. You won’t have to look far to find restaurants serving up other-worldy smokey brisket and delicious pork and chicken slathered in rubs and marinades. 

  • Breakfast Tacos

    Austin’s love of Tex-Mex even extends to breakfast. The breakfast taco is one of the most beloved dishes in the city. Have them filled with more traditional breakfast food, like scrambled eggs and bacon, or really embrace the mexican flavours and opt for chorizo. 

  • Food Trucks

    You can’t walk far in Austin without breathing in the delicious scent of one of the city’s many food trucks. With trucks selling all sorts of cuisine, from Greek gyros to gourmet doughnuts, you’ll find something delicious for every taste. 

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