At this beautiful time of year, many take time to venture out, often spending time outdoors or exploring new places. Austin has much to offer in the spring. While some of the ideas below are always free, those who plan ahead may discover days or times when museums and other venues are open to the public at no charge (or at a reduced rate), so be sure to take advantage of information available online.
Consider walking the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake or exploring Zilker Park where you can go for a swim in Barton Springs or discover beauty at the Zilker Botanical Gardens. Near the park you will find the Umlauf Sculpture Garden too.
For those looking to get a bit further outside of Austin, consider visiting Hamilton Pool or McKinney Falls State Park for both swimming and exploring.
Austin also boasts many museums worth vising, with several on or near campus, including the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock State History Museum and Theatres. The Texas Memorial Museum and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum on campus should not be missed.
In South Austin, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center offers tours and exhibits and while you’re downtown, don’t forget to take time to tour the Texas State Capitol.
As you gear up for the end of the semester, another helpful online resource is the Free Fun in Austin website where you can get a regularly updated list of upcoming events and resources to plan your weekends and experience all that Austin has to offer. Enjoy!