South Austin, Austin, TX
Did you know? With an official city motto like "Keep Austin Weird," it's no wonder that creativity thrives. South Austin is a melting pot for innovators in widely diverse fields. Music, art, film making, ecology, architecture and technology are alive and weird in South Austin.
Overview of South Austin
Let Texas Longhorn fans have their fun north of the Colorado River; South Austin has a funky, bohemian vibe. In this largely liberal neighborhood, residents enjoy unusual restaurants, boutiques and theaters. It also holds bragging rights to "Live Music Capitol of the World," and you won't find better barbecue. Austin is the country's second-fastest growing city, and laid-back South Austin is one of the most popular areas in town.
Best of South Austin
Check out some of South Austin's finest offerings.
- Best Casual Date Night: At Alamo Drafthouse, enjoy locally-brewed beer while catching a classic film or current blockbuster. Prices are reasonable, and casual attire is permitted.
- Best Place to Stop and Smell the Roses: LBJ's wife was a pioneer of Texas conservation. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center features thousands of native plants and serves as a testament to her legacy.
- Best Restaurant for a Soul Food Fix: Hill's Café, at 65 years old, has survived both flood and fire. Chicken-fried steak, burgers and peach cobbler go well with live music.
- Best Place to Rock: The outdoor Austin360 Amphitheater, which features around 20 shows a year, was named Pollstar's 2013 Best New Major Concert Venue in the World.
Top 5 South Austin Adventures
- Spark your imagination at the South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals: Every March for the last 30 years, SXSW has hosted both legends and creative up-and-comers in film, interactive technology and music. More than 2,200 musical acts attract fans from all over the world.
- Hike, fish or toss a Frisbee at Lady Bird Lake, just a few minutes north: The waterside park, threaded with ten miles of trails, is a mecca for hikers, bikers and leisurely strollers. Don't miss the striking statue of legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
- Brush up on history at the LBJ Presidential Library: Permanent exhibits here include "Civil Rights" and "November 22, 1963." The president's limousine and a model of the Oval Office are always on display.
- While you're downtown, go batty at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge: Home to the largest urban bat colony in the world, approximately 1.5 million bats take flight at dusk every night during summer months.
- Take a dip at Barton Springs Pool: The park covers 385 acres, and the pool itself is over three acres. The water is crystal-clear, and underground springs keep the temperature at a comfortable 68-70 degrees all year long.