visiting austin

WELCOME TO AUSTIN!

Austin is an amazing city and welcoming to guests from all over. Tejas is alive and well in Austin and you’ll find people to be very friendly. We have a great tech community here and are home to the Docker Austin Meetup. Below you'll find our tips and tricks for getting the most out of your time in Austin.

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Everett Toews | Lee Calcote

TRANSPORTATION

When you arrive at the Austin airport and open the app for Lyft or Uber you will quickly realize Lyft and Uber do not operate in Austin. We recommend the following ridesharing companies:

RideAustin    |    Fare    |    Fasten

There is also Capital Metro public transportation that offers an Airport Shuttle from ATX to the Austin Convention Center (Trinity/4th).

GO EXPLORE

Austin is full of fun and physical activities that are appropriate for all ages. It’s a short walk (map) from the Austin Convention Center (ACC) to the trail system that runs around the Colorado River. If you’re up for a longer excursion you might want to rent a bicycle to tour the trails.
Ride by Zilker Park, site of the Austin City Limits music festival, and check out the great lawn (don’t forget your frisbee!). If you have kids or are just a big kid yourself, hop on the Zilker Zephyr and take a train ride around the park.

If the weather is nice and you brought your bathing suit, take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. The pool is fed from an underground spring so water is pretty chilly year round so brace yourself before jumping in! If you want to get right out on the river, stop by the Texas Rowing Center and rent a stand up paddle board for an hour or two.

Bats! It’s the beginning of bat season and, if mother nature cooperates, you can watch 750,000 bats stream out from underneath Congress Avenue Bridge. The bridge is easy walking distance from ACC. Timing of your viewing is important. To get the timing right, read this Guide to Bat Season in Austin.

FOODIES

It’s hard to go wrong with BBQ no matter where you go in Austin. If you’ve heard about Franklin Barbecue and want to try it out, just be prepared to be there early and wait in line. There are plenty of options in the area like Lamberts, Stubb’s, and Salt & Time.

Don’t miss out on breakfast tacos! Again, it’s hard to go wrong with breakfast tacos no matter where you go in Austin. They’re practically a staple food here.

And don’t shy away from the food trucks either. Some of the best restaurants around town started as a food truck and you can get the most amazing dishes from a restaurant with wheels on it.

If you feel like satisfying your sweet tooth, check out Gourdough’s for some decadent donuts. I can heartily recommend the Flying Pig.

NIGHTLIFE

If you enjoy craft beer, Austin has got you covered. No matter what pub you step into, you’ll be able to find some local brews on tap. A personal favourite of both of ours is the (512) Pecan Porter. Outside of downtown, you can find plenty of local breweries with taprooms open in the evening including The ABGB, the Zilker Brewing Company, and Hops and Grain Brewing.

Looking for a night out on the town? You can head down 6th Street, which is just a couple of blocks from ACC. But be forewarned that things can get a bit rambunctious in the wee hours on 6th. 

No matter which street you choose, you’re bound to hear live music emanating from many of the bars as you go. Pick and choose what you like and stop in for a listen. 

KEEP IT WEIRD

Remember that Austin’s motto is “Keep It Weird”. Our advice is to keep an open mind, be ready for anything, and sample a local brew or two. Have fun and enjoy your time in Austin!