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Austin, Texas, cityscape skyline panorama, Congress Avenue Bridge, late afternoon

New in Town? Must-See Spots in Austin

So, you’re kicking off the semester in Austin, Texas. There’s plenty to see here, so if you aren’t kicking it at the rooftop pool right above your student apartment at 21 Rio, get out and see the best spots in Austin! Austin keeps it weird, Austin keeps it fun, and Austin keeps it quality.

Want To See the History?

Austin has some amazing architecture – starting with its dazzling downtown skyline. But venturing more in depth, you’ll find these additional hidden gems:

Time for a Dopamine Reset?

The nature in Austin is stunning. Zilker Park is a gorgeous green area encompassing the Zilker Botanical Garden. You’ll find hiking in Austin at McKinney Falls State Park and Sculpture Falls – both always make for a fulfilling day of adventure. And for the real nature lovers, the park at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve offers unadulterated natural spectacles in a respectful environment.

Take to the Waters

Opportunities to kayak and boat surround all of Austin. Take a kayak tour on Lady Bird Lake with Live Love Paddle to see the colony of bats fill the sky at Congress Bridge. Get your crew together for a private boat party with Float On Boat Rentals, where you can BYOB (barbecue) while touring exclusive swimming spots at Lake Travis or Lake Austin. Finally, how about just an old-fashioned swim? Emma Long Metropolitan Park is one of the best spots to dive in without any worries.

Want To Get Weird?

This city likes to keep it weird. You’ll find proof at several delightfully weird spots in Austin, such as these:

Our luxury student housing at 21 Rio places you in the middle of all Austin has to offer. 
From our rooftop sundeck, you can see the entire downtown skyline. For more ideas to kick off your Austin adventures, check out our other blog posts.

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