Walk this historic and highly entertaining street and you're sure to find something up your alley. Sixth Street found in Austin's downtown mecca, has everything from live music and bars to restaurants and shopping. Esther's Follies is a popular music and comedy club, but there are plenty of other spots for dining and then hitting the music or bar scene in a place that does it unlike any other.
This is your best break from the Texas heat. Head down to Barton Springs, a lovely spring-fed yet man-mad recreational pool that is located in the channel of Barton Creek. Pack a cooler of lunch and drinks and enjoy an afternoon in the natural, relaxing setting that Barton Springs and the sunshine provide!
One of the most rewarding things about travel is the ability to experience life like the locals there do. Food carts are a way to try some of the freshest and simply the best food the city has to offer, which the locals love! They're also your ticket to trying a multitude of ethnic foods, such as the Vietnamese pho, a type of noodle and beef or pork soup, or tacos and crepes. If you're sure this is something you'll be wanting to try, have a look at austinfoodcarts.com before you head downtown, as this site does an excellent job of tracking the food carts so you'll know where they'll be.
The name "Lake Austin" actually refers to the water reservoir that exists near the city thanks to the Colorado River. The area includes great walking areas, residential housing, but also some excellent restaurants at which you can enjoy a fantastic meal on the lake, then watch the sun set while its colors dance off of the water. The Oasis is a gigantic restaurant and shopping complex where you can pick whichever spot on the lake suits your tastes the best.
Austin's downtown area is made even lovelier a sight by the University's campus. Cities like Austin and Madison are beautifully unique in their designs, as they were constructed around the fact that they were capitals and college towns to begin, so everything was built around this central area. Taking a walk around the campus in the city center is a great way to appreciate the architecture and the sights of Austin.