Austin Area Guide

Austin Skyline at Night - Photo courtesy of Kumar Appaiah

 

Habitat Suites Hotel is in the Heart of Austin

Long familiar to Texans as a town whose natural beauty is eclipsed only by its fun and friendly populace, in recent years Austin has seen a boom in interest from savvy travelers throughout the United States and around the world.  Whether you’re keen on exploring stunning natural features, visiting world class museums, rooting for the UT Longhorns, taking in a performance in the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, grabbing some slow-smoked Texas BBQ, shopping at the hundreds of independent local businesses, or doing it all, Habitat Suites Hotel makes the perfect basecamp for exploring all Austin has to offer.  Habitat Suites is centrally located, beautifully landscaped, pleasantly apportioned with airy suites, staffed by knowledgeable and engaged staff that wants to show you why we love calling Austin home.

 

Attractions
Recommended attractions ranging from the most popular to those off the beaten path

Austin Events

Dining
Our top restaurant picks

Green Map of Austin
Ideas on how to have a more sustainable (and fun) visit to Austin.

Transportation

 

Historical attractions easily accessible from Habitat Suites include sites ranging from the stunning Texas Capital to the writer O’ Henry’s turn-of-the-century home to Threadgill’s gas station where Janis Joplin first performed (you can’t buy gas anymore, but live music and good food remain in steady supply).  The Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus features a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of only five displayed in the US.  The nearby French Legation harkens back to Texas nationhood and its international relations while the LBJ Library and Museum recalls a much more recent time when Texas was at the center of world affairs.

 

Austin’s nightlife centers on the world famous collection of live music venues along 6th Street, but there are lively entertainment options available throughout downtown and the rest of Austin.  From uber-hip East Austin’s bohemian dive bars to classic country honky-tonks, Austinites love to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and bounty of great local artists.  Austin is also home to a thriving community of film aficionados who treat the Alamo Draft House Cinemas as an institution and flock to the sleek Violet Crown Cinema.  In addition to Austin’s year-round entertainment options, it is also home to several music festivals including the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL).

 

Even outdoor activities in Austin’s “keep it weird”.  Barton Springs Pool stands as one of the most unique recreational opportunities anywhere—a crystal clear natural pool constantly refreshed by an underground spring.  Dive into the deep end. Soak up the sun and people watch from the grassy banks.  Frolic with the fish and your family and friends.  At sunset a colony of 1.5 million bats emerges from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, the swarms creating magnificent moving clouds of bats against the backdrop of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake.  For cycling enthusiasts—this is the home of Lance Armstrong and his primary training grounds.

 

Dining and shopping options around town are overwhelmingly abundant.  We’ll mention just world famous Texas barbeque, “Top Chef”-featured Japanese restaurants, and that Austin is the home of “breakfast tacos”.  Shop South Congress, where within a few blocks you’ll find a clothing boutique that only sells items in black, one of the best outsider art galleries in the nation, a custom cowboy boot store, the most authentic Mexican crafts this side of the border, a vintage LP shop, and an antique shop aptly named “Uncommon Objects.” 

 

Austin is cool, hot, historical, natural, beautiful, and weird.  It’s a unique place that we love to call home. We’ve listed a few of our favorite places in the links above, but we’re happy to give you personal recommendations when you visit.  We can’t wait for you to be our guest at Habitat Suites.