Top things to do near Austin-Bergstrom Airport
McKinney Falls State Park
Stunning waterfalls and fabulous walks can be found at around seven miles (11.3 kilometers) from AUS in McKinney Falls State Park. It’s based where Onion Creek meets Williamson Creek and offers the opportunity to hike, fish, cycle and swim. As an oasis just outside the city, McKinney Falls Park is not just a great family day out, but a convenient one, too.
Austin is alive with the sound of music
Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, a trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a concert or two. Click here to see if your time in the city coincides with one of the many music festivals it hosts.
Austin’s iconic 6th Street has an endless supply of live music, especially during the world-famous South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in March.
The green heaven that is Zilker Park offers peace and tranquility just nine miles (14.5 kilometers) from Austin Airport. It boasts 350 acres (141.6 hectares) of stunning parkland where you can rent a boat, ride the miniature train and visit the botanical gardens.
In a city that is rapidly increasing in population, there aren’t many green spaces left, so this is one of the best places to stretch your legs before or after you fly.
Texas State Capitol
As the largest and one of the nation’s most distinguished State Capitols, Texas’ is well worth a visit. You can take a free tour or simply stroll through the grounds yourself, but be sure to try out the whispering gallery and take in the stunning views of downtown Austin, whichever you choose.
It looks spectacular at night, too, so ask your cab driver to swing by it if you’re in that part of town at the right time.
Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library and Museum
American history buffs won’t be disappointed by the LBJ Library and Museum. The presidential library of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, houses 45 million pages of historical documents.
With its interactive exhibits, quirky artefacts and audiovisual displays, it definitely isn’t your average museum. At just 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometers) from the airport, it’s a history lesson worth taking if you are to spend some real time in the state capital of Texas.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Feel like sitting back and watching a film? The Alamo Drafthouse offers an alternative cinema experience in Austin. At four locations throughout the city, these movie theaters provide beer, food, movies and special events.
Experience one of the Quote-Along events, which promises exactly as its name suggests, or watch a classic chick-flick on Girlie Night at one of the many Alamo locations in Austin (click the link below to see more addresses).
If you want to take a dip, make sure you visit Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. It’s a three-acre (1.2-hectare) pool that’s filled by underground springs providing perfect temperatures all-year-round.
You can be relaxing in the outdoor pool and taking in the beautiful scenery within 25 minutes of leaving the airport.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
The zip-line at Lake Travis reaches speeds of up to 60 mph (96.5 km/h). This place is home to the longest zip-line in Texas at 2,800 feet (853.4 meters).
If you want to combine exercise, excitement and stunning views, there’s no other place like it in Austin. A three-hour Adventure includes a boat ride, five zips and a full day pass to the private lake-front park, where you can take a dip and unwind.