Things to Do

Get the most out of Austin!

Austin offers rich cultural history, yet continues to be an ever-evolving city! Experience the stunning outdoors or explore the countless music venues that string together the Live Music Capital of the World. By surrounding yourself with the abundant entertainment, vivacious culture and inspiring cuisine, you will become a local in no time. The Fairmont Austin is located right in the heart of the central business district – which means it’s a short walking distance over to the State Capitol, restaurants, galleries and shops!

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

All conveniently located within proximity to Fairmont Austin, these are our top suggestions for places to check out!

Capital Metro Bus Line

Austin’s bustling Downtown is a fusion of commerce, restaurants and retail along with a thriving art scene where galleries and museums abound.

Rainey Street Historic District

Residing two blocks from Fairmont Austin in downtown’s southeast corner, is a one-of-a-kind find for cocktail aficionados and food truck foodies.

East Austin

The fastest growing district, offering a myriad of dining and shopping choices set against the serene backdrop of Lady Bird Lake.

Red River Cultural District

A music-lovers paradise, where more than 20 bands play nightly within three blocks in this nightclub heavy neighborhood.

Sixth Streett

In the city’s urban core, Sixth Street plays host to music and film festivals, bars, eateries and entertainment venues.

South Congress

Nationally noted for its food trucks, boutiques, music and art venues and striking view of the State Capitol.

Eat & Drink

Austin’s food scene is booming and now goes further than just BBQ – see for yourself!

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

At the end of the day, Banger’s is all about being a wonderful place to eat, drink and hangout. Not too rowdy, not too laid back, just a good old fashioned good time. Homemade sausage, craft beer, pig roasts, beef jerky, pickled vegetables, spring days in Texas, Sunday brunch, and all forms of Americana & country music are a few of our favorite things.
79 & 81 Rainey St. Austin, TX 78701

La Barbecue

Relax at picnic-style seating and prepare to be amazed at the succulent selections this low-key barbeque stand produces. La Barbecue serves “Cuisine Texicana” with their expertly smoked meat. Show your palate barbeque heaven while delving into the succulent and smoky rich brisket, pulled pork and sausage.
1906 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702


Experience classic American comfort food with a sophisticated and inventive twist. Sip a specialty cocktail in the relaxed and easygoing atmosphere out on their historic patio.
303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Torchy’s Tacos

This local Austin taco-joint serves Mexican street food-style tacos with delicious toppings and flavorful salsas. They provide inventive varieties to the staple on-the-go taco that Austin locals can’t live without. With a unique menu compiled of creative concoctions, you will understand their accurate tagline, “Damn Good”.
1822 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704


Highlighted on Bon Appétit’s Top 50 New Restaurants in America, Sway will delight you with their thai-inspired cuisines. The menu displays choices from curries to seafood to innovative desserts. Visit this hip Thai eatery with its lively interior and its enticing menu options.
1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Food Truck Haven

Don’t miss out on Austin’s famous food trailers scattered around the city.

Go Shopping

Hit the top retail destinations in the city!

South Congress Avenue

Distance: 1.1 miles from hotel
Features an array of antiques, galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

The Blue Velvet

Distance: 4.9 miles from hotel
Funky, long-standing shop packed with men’s & women’s vintage clothing, costumes & accessories.

The Domain

Distance: 12.4 miles from hotel
Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 7pm
A shopping mall with upscale national brands and independent designers.

Second Street District

Distance: 0.6 miles from the hotel
Comprised of chic consignment shops and coffee houses.

Arboretum Market

Distance: 11.3 miles from the hotel
Open air retail market located in northwest Austin at Great Hills Trail and Jollyville Road.

The Blue Velvet

Distance: 4.9 miles from hotel
Funky, long-standing shop packed with men’s & women’s vintage clothing, costumes & accessories.

Sight See

If you live for the outdoors or dream of sightseeing while in town you’ll find Austin has plenty to offer. Get out there and explore our top picks!

Walking, Biking & Hiking

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Greenbelt

While in Austin, a stroll, jog or ride is a must along Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Located in the city center, this 10-mile off-road trail is a local’s favorite. The trail is engulfed by lush vegetation and provides breathtaking skyline views. Visit the Greenbelt for trail options that explore the city deeper.

Canoeing, Paddle Boarding & Kayaking

Visit Rowing Dock, Texas Rowing Center, Congress Avenue

Along Lady Bird Trail are several options to choose a variety of water activities. Visit Rowing Dock, Texas Rowing Center, or Congress Avenue Kayaks for hourly rentals.

Boating and Sailing

Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, Lake Travis and Lake Walter E. Long.

View the city from a different angle by hopping on a boat cruise on Lake Austin. Visit Austin Sailboat Rentals to cruise on the picturesque Lake Travis.

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