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.

Top Attractions
Outdoors

Nightlife
Cinema
Performances
Museums
Shopping
Children
Austin Events
Restaurant picks
Green Map of Austin
Bicycling
Mass Transit

 

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Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
Watch 1.5 million bats—the largest urban bat colony in North America—emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset for their nightly feeding.

Please call the Bat Hot Line at 512-416-5700, Category 3636 (courtesy of the Austin American-Statesman), for the latest flight times.
6.6 miles away
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Barton Springs Pool
Swim in natural spring-fed waters that stay at a constant 68 degrees year round.
7.5 miles away
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Texas State Capitol
5.3 miles away
tspb.state.tx.us
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum
4.0 miles away
www.lbjlibrary.org
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Outdoors

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Enjoy Lady Bird's legacy while strolling through gardens and extensive fields of wildflowers.
17.3 miles away
www.wildflower.org
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Zilker Botanical Gardens
7.7 miles away
www.zilkergarden.org‎
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Zilker Park Boat Rentals
7.5 miles away
www.zilkerboats.com‎
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Mount Bonnell
6.5 miles away
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Nightlife

Live Music

Sixth Street
6.2 miles away
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Broken Spoke
Visit a Texas dance hall for some traditional country music.
8.9 miles away
www.brokenspokeaustintx.com
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Elephant Room
Basement jazz club.
6.0 miles away
www.elephantroom.com
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Cactus Cafe
4.4 miles away
www.cactuscafe.org
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Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse - Ritz
6.2 miles away
www.originalalamo.com
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Alamo Drafthouse - Village
3.3 miles away
originalalamo.com
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Violet Crown
5.9 miles away
www.violetcrowncinema.com
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Performances

Esther's Follies
6.2 miles away
www.esthersfollies.com
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Paramount Theater
5.7 miles away
www.austintheatre.org
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Long Center
6.6 miles away
www.thelongcenter.org
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Frank Erwin Center
4.7 miles away
www.uterwincenter.com
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Museums

Austin Museum of Art - Laguna Gloria
5.2 miles away
www.amoa.org
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Arthouse at the Jones Center
5.7 miles away
www.arthousetexas.org
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Mexic-Arte Museum
5.9 miles away
www.mexic-artemuseum.org
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Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery
7.5 miles away
www.yarddog.com
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Harry Ransom Center
4.6 miles away
www.hrc.utexas.edu
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Shopping

Local Boutiques along South Congress Avenue
7.4 miles away
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The Domain
7.0 miles away
www.thedomaininaustin.com
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Barton Creek Mall
11.0 miles away
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2nd Street District
6.7 miles away
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Children

Austin Children's Museum
6.0 miles away
www.austinkids.org
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Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train
7.5 miles away
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Peter Pan Mini-Golf
6.7 miles away
www.peterpanminigolf.com
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Boggy Creek Farm
5.8 miles away
www.boggycreekfarm.com
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Austin Zoo
20.2 miles away
www.austinzoo.org
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Arcade UFO
3.8 miles away
www.arcadeufo.com
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Austin Events

Zilker Park Kite Festival
March 4, 2012
The nation's oldest, continuous kite festival.
www.zilkerkitefestival.com

South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 9-18, 2012
An interactive, film and music festival that is not to be missed.
www.sxsw.com

Texas Relays
March 28-31, 2012

The O.Henry Pun-Off
May 20, 2012
Match wits at this fierce competition or just sit back and laugh.
O. Henry Museum website

Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally
June 7-10, 2012
www.rotbikeweekrally.com

Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 12-14, 2012
www.aclfestival.com

Texas Book Festival
October 27-28, 2012
Austin's premier literary event.
www.texasbookfestival.org

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
An annual parade and party in downtown.
www.mexic-artemuseum.org

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Our top restaurant picks

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Threadgill's
Southern-style comfort food served up at this Austin institution. Where Janis Joplin got her start.
1.1 miles away
www.threadgills.com
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Quality Seafood Restaurant & Market
Where other restaurants in town buy their fresh fish and seafood.
1.1 miles away
www.qualityseafoodmarket.com
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Black Star Co-Op
Local brewery with tasty pub fare.
1.4 miles away
www.blackstar.coop
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House Pizzeria
Wood-fired pizzas.
1.5 miles away
www.housepizzeria.com‎
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Fonda San Miguel

One of the originators of Tex Mex.

2.6 miles away
www.fondasanmiguel.com
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Dolce Vita Gelato and Espresso
Coffee, gelato, cocktails, and small, fresh salads and sandwiches.
3.0 miles away
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Franklin Barbecue
Come early for this barbecue, there's often a line out the door for it.
3.4 miles away
www.franklinbarbecue.com‎
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East Side Cafe
Fresh produce used in the restaurant is grown on-site in their urban farm.
4.6 miles away
www.eastsidecafeaustin.com
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Blue Dahlia Bistro
Simple, elegant French fare.
5.3 miles away
www.bluedahliabistro.com
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East Side Showroom
A vintage-style bar featuring classic cocktails.
5.6 miles away
www.eastsideshowroom.com‎
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East Side King at Liberty Bar
Trailer food by one of Austin's top chefs, Paul Qui.
6.0 miles away
www.eastsidekingaustin.com
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Bombay Bistro
Our favorite Indian food in Austin.
6.5 miles away
www.bombaybistroaustin.com
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Rio's Brazilian Cafe
Tasty, fresh Brazilian food.
7.2 miles away
www.howdoyourio.com‎
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Enoteca Vespaio
A casual Italian bistro worth visiting for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
7.2 miles away
www.austinvespaio.com
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The Oasis on Lake Travis
Recommended for the views of Lake Travis.
14.3 miles away
www.oasis-austin.com
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Green Map of Austin

Interested in having a more environmentally-minded stay while you're in Austin?  Let our "green" map guide you to sustainable shopping and dining and alternative transportation options.

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Restaurants and Organic Grocery Stores

Casa de Luz
Our sister business. A macrobiotic restaurant in a beautiful, tranquil setting.
6.8 miles away, in South Austin
www.casadeluz.org
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East Side Cafe
4.4 miles away, near the University of Texas - Austin
www.eastsidecafeaustin.com
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Mother's Cafe & Garden
A vegetarian restaurant equally pleasing to omnivores and herbivores alike.
3.0 miles away, Hyde Park neighborhood/north of UT Austin
www.motherscafeaustin.com
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Mr. Natural
All natural, all vegetarian Mexican restaurants and bakery.
South Austin location: 8.3 miles away Directions
East Austin location: 6.5 mileas away Directions
www.mrnatural-austin.com

Beets Living Foods Cafe
6.7 miles away, near downtown
www.beetscafe.com
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Farmer's Markets
Held Wednesday evenings at the Triangle and Saturday mornings downtown.
The Triangle location: 2.3 miles away  Directions
Downtown location: 5.7 miles away  Directions
austinfarmersmarket.org

Wheatsville Co-op
Local co-op with wide selection of natural and organic products. A great deli as well.
3.5 miles away, Hyde Park neighborhood/north of UT Austin
wheatsville.coop
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Whole Foods
Downtown corporate headquarters: Directions
North Austin location: Directions
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Daily Juice Cafe
Juice, smoothies and raw foods.
Hyde Park location: 2.5 miles away Directions
South Austin location: 7.0 miles away  Directions
www.dailyjuice.org

Shopping and Sustainable Businesses

Eco-Wise
Their motto is "Your Earth-Friendly-Everything Store."
7.1 miles away, South Austin
www.ecowise.com
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American Apparel
American-made clothing.
4.3 miles away, UT Austin area
americanapparel.net
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Wildflower Organics
Natural products for the organic home.
5.7 miles away
wildflowerorganics.com
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The Herb Bar
A source for natural remedies.
7.5 miles away, South Austin
www.theherbbar.com
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Eco Clean Austin
Non-toxic dry cleaning and laundry.
3.6 miles away. UT Austin area
www.ecocleanaustin.com
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Bicycling in Austin

City of Austin - Bicycle Route Map
This visual guide shows which Austin city streets are better for cyclists--an essential resource for a more pleasant ride.
Bicycle Route Map

Austin's Veloway
A 3.1 mile paved, looped track that "winds through a typical Central Texas Hill Country setting".
17.5 miles away, Southwest Austin
www.veloway.com
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Bicycle Sport Shop
Bicycle rentals available.
6.7 miles away, South Austin area
bicyclesportshop.com
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Mellow Johnny's
Bicycle rentals available.
5.9 miles away, Downtown
www.mellowjohnnys.com
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Mass Transit

Habitat Suites is serviced by several bus routes and a light rail station.

Bus routes 7, 10, 161, 300, 320 and 350 stop at Highland Mall, two blocks away.
Visit www.capmetro.org to plan a trip or view current schedules.

The Highland light rail station is located just two blocks away from Habitat Suites. Southbound trains stop in East Austin and downtown at Trinity and 4th Street (across the street from the Austin Convention Center).
Visit the MetroRail website to see the route and current schedule.

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.

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