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Things To Do in Austin & Austin Bergstrom Airport Layover Ideas
Things to do in Austin if you have a Austin Bergstrom Airport Layover or Extended Austin Bergstrom Airport Stopover
If you have an extended layover at the Austin Bergstrom Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Austin.LayoverIdeas.com
Take in some music
AUS Airport is a great place to pass time on a layover. Past security, for the exclusive benefit of passengers, Austin Bergstrom Airport has 5 live music stages with more than 20 performances scheduled every week. If you find tourself here between a week 11:00-17:30, Monday-Friday, there is probably a concert going on.
- Earl Campbell's Sports Bar, Gate 13, 15:30 to 17:30, Monday - Friday
- Waterloo Records / Austin City Limits, Gate 13, 13:00 to 15:00, Friday
- The Saxon Pub and Grub, Gate 5, 15:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday
- Annie's Cafe & Bar, Gate 18, 13:00 to 15:00, Monday - Friday
- Ruta Maya, Gate 18, 11:00 to 13:00, Thursday and Friday
The schedule is subject to change, so check for updates: Live Music Schedule
Go for a Bike Ride
While the westside of Austin is hilly, streets mildly slope towards the river in the centre of town. you will find bike lanes on some major streets. Biking is possible year-round, and best October to April (during May to September, the higher temperatures mean greater humidity, which some may find uncomfortable).
Options for getting a bike to ride:
- If you are travelling with a bike, you are all set!
- If you see one of the yellow bikes from the Yellow Bike Project, feel free to ride it to your destination and leave it for the next person (bikes are not locked, and you ride at your own risk)
- Rent a bike from a local bike shop
- Rent an electric bike (great for those hills!) - reserve an electric bike
- Take an electric bike tour - some options below
Visit Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin, and it is used for both flood control and recreation. The lake's shoreline is home to the Auditorium Shores park and the Austin Hike and Bike Trail. You can rent a canoe or kayak, or explore the area on foot or by bicycle.
Get Your Fill at the Whole Foods Flagship Store
Austin is home of the original Whole Foods grocery store, and the world headquarters. The Whole Foods flagship store is located downtown (W. 6th St. and Lamar), and is a destination in and of itself. The "mothership" (as locals call it) boasts six mini-restaurants. Headquarters are upstairs.
Stroll the Capitol
The Texas State Capitol is beautiful, wrapped in Texas pink granite. Texans take pride in the fact that their State Capitol building is a full 14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Texas State Capitol is welcoming, and open to the public 7 days a week. It's interesting to stroll the halls, peek into the legislature chambers, and look at the paintings and sculptures. Best of all, it's free!
Ride the Train
The Austin Steam Train Association, runs tours aboard the Hill Country Flyer steam train in and around Texas Hill Country. The train makes a short 1/2 hour jaunt, as well as a 50 kilometre (30 miles) circuit. But, alas, it's not a steam train at the moment... it is been out of commission, undergoing refurbishment. The train currently uses a borrowed diesel engine. Weekends, March through December.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Austin Bergstrom Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
See the Austin Bats!
Austin Bats. Yes, that's right, bats. Austin's Congress Avenue bridge is home to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, the largest urban bat colony in the world. The bats are active at dusk, between March and November. The best place to see the bats is near the Austin American Statesman's parking lot. You can also take a boat tour, or a Segway tour, to see them from underneath the bridge.
This tour is a short drive outside of Austin Texas. Get an insiders view of the growing olive oil industry right outside the bustling city. Topics include History of the Orchard, State of Texas Olive Industry, Farming Methods, Harvesting Practices, Milling Process, Extra Virgin Olive Oil 101 and Q&A.
Turn Austin into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. This challenge combines the excitement of the <em>Amazing Race</em> with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from your smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. <em>Note: Pricing is per individual, but teams must book together in order to be included in the same adventure.</em>
Experience the best of Texas, California, and Washington with this exclusive tasting at the Austin Winery. Taste handcrafted wines made from biodynamically grown grapes sourced from exclusive, small-lot producers across three different states. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious, drinkable wines from the comfort of this urban winery.
This 1.5-hour tour will begin with an educational wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard in Marble Falls, Texas. Following the tasting, you will take a short walk through the wine production facility including the barrel room. Vineyard maps will be available after the tour of the production facility for those who wish to tour the vineyards on their own.
Get to know Austin by open-top, double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Stay on the bus for the whole route, or jump off and on at any of the six stops to visit museums or explore districts like SOCO in more depth. While on board, listen to live commentary about more than 20 city landmarks, such as the Governor's Mansion, Historic 6th Street and the Paramount Theatre. The bus route starts at the Texas State Capitol three times a day at 2-hour intervals.
Experience Austin's urban scene, hip shopping districts and beautiful natural scenery on this sightseeing tour by luxury Mercedes van. See top Austin attractions like Lady Bird Lake, the Texas Capitol, the Driskill Hotel and Mayfield Park, and enjoy picturesque views of rolling hills and lakes in Texas Hill Country. You'll learn about all the sites you see from your knowledgeable guide.
Imagine a video game that has suddenly come to life. Come enjoy our GPS action adventure game designed for play in downtown Austin, Texas. Find hidden clues, solve tricky puzzles and bring magical things to life while walking around downtown Austin. Put your team together, use a tablet to explore your surroundings locating the magic portals, find the hidden chest and reveal the secret inside to save the world from dark forces.
Classified:<br />You and your team work for an international anti-terrorist organization, and have been assigned to a critical covert mission. Your objective is to stop a major international terrorist threat by gathering details on the impending attack. In this thrilling high-stakes mission, it’s up to you to get inside the head of the masterminds and infiltrate their evil plan. <br /><br />Venture into a fantastic escape room experience for everyone. Immerse yourself in innovative designs with highly trained game guides that create an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers around the country. Your goal is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room. While the objective is simple, the game is challenging. Getting through the locked door will require finding clues, solving puzzles, and working together. See if you can keep cool under pressure and escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes.
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