Visiting Austin, Texas

Living in the Live Music Capital of the World has its perks all year round, indoors and out.

ARL:UT is located on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of The University of Texas at Austin, with easy access to all the attractions that have caused Austin to be consistently ranked as the most desirable residential city in Texas, as well as a popular destination for visitors.

One of the hottest technology and innovation centers in America, the capital of Texas is an oasis of diversity, renowned for its acceptance of newcomers and celebration of the original, the artistic, and the just plain weird. We encourage our visitors to take full advantage of the vibrant nightlife, gorgeous greenbelt, and mouth-watering barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine that make Austin a great place to live and work.

Life in Austin – UT Austin Visitor Guide

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Western Swing

dance floor at the Broken Spoke
For many visitors, Texas will always mean the West. Don’t worry—you’ll still find plenty of cowboys bustin’ broncs at the annual Star of Texas rodeo or kicking up their spurs at the venerable Broken Spoke dancehall. And speaking of history, Austin’s famed live music venues and festivals are still rocking, rolling, and singing the blues as they have since icons like Willie and Janis first made the scene.

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The Great Outdoors

Pedernales State Park falls
For outdoor enthusiasts, Austin offers an ever-expanding network of trails and waterways for running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

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Unique Eats

Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis at sunset
For foodies, Austin boasts a dizzying array of restaurants, breweries, and quirky food trucks.

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Culture & Entertainments

Texas State Capitol building
For the culturally inclined, Austin offers the Texas State Capitol, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Contemporary Austin, the Texas State History Museum, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. On any given evening, visitors can take in a wide variety of concerts, theater, University of Texas sporting events, and professional baseball and auto racing.

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The Domain—Austin’s Second Downtown

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Visitors to ARL will find themselves located adjacent to The Domain, Austin’s purpose-built second downtown, a compact and walkable district packed with fashionable shops, mouth-watering restaurants, and a colorful entertainment district of its own.

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Staying Longer?

Frio River at Garner State Park
With the Texas Hill Country to the west and the culture and history of San Antonio just a 90-minute drive to the south, Austin offers a base for great days exploring hiking trails, swimming holes, wineries, and traditional country music dancehalls.

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Downtown Austin on the north side of Lady Bird Lake.

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