As the capital of Texas and the second largest state capital in the United States, there is always something to do in Austin. This vibrant university city is bursting with culture and offers plenty of museums, as well as historic walking tours for the more active tourist. From hiking or biking around Lady Bird Lake, to exploring the Texas State History Museum, to catching a live concert in 'The Live Music Capital of the World,' you will never be lost for things to do during your stay.
London Heathrow are now operating direct flights 5 days a week to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Various domestic airlines also fly from other American cities to this airport.
Fans of the outdoors will never be short of things to do in the bustling Austin metropolis and surrounding areas.
Lady Bird Lake has over 10 miles of Hike and Bike trails that you can enjoy, as well as a plethora of water activities. You can also cool off at the Barton Springs Pool, located at the centre of Zilker Metropolitan Park home of the famous Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place on the 4th - 6th October and 11th-13th October 2019.
Bull Creek District Park is a 48-acre park that offers several different sports courts, a fishing pier and an off-leash dog area, as well as a popular swimming hole.
In the evening, a short, sharp hike up to Mount Bonnell offers some of the best views over Austin and is the perfect location for a sunset picnic.
If you are looking for some artistic inspiration, you can also visit the Hope Outdoor Gallery, a community paint park that is free to visit during daylight hours.
Those looking for more indoor culture can visit the Hyde Park district of Austin, full of historic Victorian homes and 1920s bungalows. The Elisabet Ney Museum and the Bullock Texas State History Museum are both located in this cultural center.
If you plan your time well, you can also take a guided tour of the Texas Governors Mansion. This needs to be booked at least one week in advance, as no walk-up tours are available.
Perfect for families, the Austin Nature and Science Center is the perfect place to learn and interact with science programs scheduled for all ages and hands-on exhibits all year round.
Weather in Austin is pleasant in October/November, with temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees centigrade on average. Rain is not unheard of, and the past few races have seen some very heavy rainfall for at least part of the weekend. Therefore, we would recommend bringing waterproof clothing as well as layers to protect you from any downpours.