Austin is a beautiful city in South Texas that is so eclectic, it’s hard to define, although the city’s slogan, “Keep Austin Weird” does a decent job. It’s home to the state capital and the primary campus of the University of Texas, but it’s also known for its live music as well as its many gorgeous parks and lakes. Here’s a guide to just a few of the fun and exciting attractions near Aura Riverside, our stylish apartments in South Austin, TX.
In order to truly do your part in keeping Austin “weird,” you simply must pay a visit to South Congress. The locals call this little neighborhood SoCo and it is nationally renowned for its quirky shops, restaurants, and art venues. In the last few years, it’s become a haven for food trucks, which offer snacks or full meals in any cuisine you could crave. The main street slopes toward downtown, offering a gorgeous view of the city, with the Capitol building at its heart.
Whether you are a history buff, a political animal, or just a lover of art and architecture, a visit to the Texas State Capitol is a must. Because everything is bigger in Texas, it probably won’t surprise you that it is the largest capitol building in the country, standing fourteen feet taller than the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. This is a fun and educational way to spend the day, taking a free tour inside the historical structure and roaming the beautifully landscaped grounds.
For another blending of history and nature, look no further than the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas. After her years as First Lady, mother, and successful businesswoman, Lady Bird directed her attention toward the beautification of Austin. She and actress Helen Hayes founded the Arboretum and have made great strides in improving water quality, native plant conservation, and the creation of sustainable landscapes. Visit their website to see how you can take a tour or attend a class on anything from garden design to nature photography.
If you’re in the mood to photograph something a bit less natural, check out The Art of Ice Cream Experience. Grab your camera phone and a friend or two and head to this trendy and colorful art installation designed just for you to take pictures in it. Dress up or stay casual, but prepare to have fun posing with oversized, ice cream-themed art. Just be sure to upload your pics to Instagram!
Our stylish and luxurious apartments in South Austin, TX are perfectly located near these amazing attractions and many more. Schedule a visit today and find your new home at Aura Riverside.