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Vacation in Austin and plan a memorable trip in one of the top destinations in Texas! This lively urban center attracts millions of people a year who enjoy an eclectic mix of culture paired with local charm.
Although best known for live music, Austin offers guests plenty of outdoor activities, historical sites, arts and culture, sports and nightlife. No matter what type of vacation you plan, the city welcomes you to try it all.
Venture from your Austin vacation rental and head into the great outdoors. The city's location borders the Hill Country region, which includes several lakes suited for water recreation. Among the top things to do, visitors love boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming year-round in Barton Springs Pool and cruising. Off the water, families can plan special tours, go hiking and biking, rock climbing, play golf, visit local wineries and take a relaxing horseback ride. Kids won't want to miss the Austin Zoo, Austin Aquarium and mini-golf.
The fun doesn't stop there. The city has grown into a popular place to live and visit, all while honoring its culture and heritage. Top landmarks include the Texas State Capitol, Mount Bonnell, Congress Avenue and University of Texas-Austin, home to the Texas Longhorns college football team. Those looking to immerse themselves in art and culture will find dozens of art galleries and museums. The most popular include LBJ Presidential Library, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Thinkery, Graffiti Park and Blanton Museum of Art, to name a few.
One of the top ways to experience Austin's cultural diversity is attending a festival. The city hosts at least one a month, celebrating music, rodeos, food, art and more. Signature events include SXSW, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Urban Music Festival, Republic of Texas Biker Rally and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. If you enjoy Grand Prix racing, you’re in luck because Austin is home to Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The city also has districts that honor and celebrate African American, Latino and Asian customs and traditions.
This thriving city may be packed full of activities and attractions, but no Austin vacation will feel complete without experiencing its live music and nightlife. In fact, Austin is known to many as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” due to its 200-plus music venues and thousands of shows a year. Visitors who want late-night options can explore dozens of bars, comedy clubs, theaters and nightclubs.
When it's time to fill up, sample Austin's food scene. Vacationers will find hundreds of restaurants, serving both traditional favorites and international flavors. Satisfy your craving and select from seafood hot spots, steakhouses, dozens of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican spots, sushi, gourmet and famous Texas-style barbecue. Don't forget to stop at one of the food trucks for a quick bite and to chat with friendly locals.
Before heading home, experience some of the best shopping in Texas. In Austin, groups have access to both big-box shopping centers and boutiques, selling everything from Western apparel to souvenirs and handmade items created by local residents. To browse boutiques, visit the 2nd Street District, an area lined with locally owned shops. Or spend the day at The Domain, home to well known brands and independent designers who focus on a buy local approach. Families who have more time can also enjoy pampering at one of the many spas in the Austin area.
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Vacation in Galveston and experience island life right off the Texas coast! Our Galveston vacation rentals offer easy access to 32 miles of beaches, historical attractions, amusement parks, restaurants and everything else needed for a memorable getaway. We have rentals on Galveston Island as well as in the Kemah, Seaport and Port Bolivar areas.
With locations on Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, visitors find plenty of year-round outdoor recreation activities. On the water, plan dolphin tours, fishing charters, sunset cruises, kayaking, surfing, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding. Need a place to relax? Galveston houses more than seven beach parks perfect for laying out in the sun and spending time with friends and loved ones. Or admire the view while playing a round at Moody Gardens Golf Course or Galveston Country Club.
Don't miss historic Pleasure Pier, which measures over 1,100 feet and features 16 rides for all ages, a 5D theater ride, shops, games and restaurants. Pleasure Pier also hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, with live music, food festivals and much more.
Moody Gardens, the city's entertainment district, also ranks as a must-see. Guests have access to an aquarium, rainforest pyramid, boat tours, special theaters and museums. This attraction pairs the best of outdoor and indoor fun the whole family will love. Other activities at Moody Gardens include a ropes and zipline course, Palm Beach water park in the summer, and seasonal events.
For history and culture, stop by the museums or historical sites. Groups can explore Moody Mansion, Bishop's Palace, Galveston Children's Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum and Seawolf Park.
Next, visit downtown Galveston, home to 70 blocks of shops, restaurants, architecture and attractions. The Strand Historic District provides a great place for self-guided walks, shopping, browsing art galleries and trying fresh seafood. Whether planning to spend a few hours or a day, the downtown area is home to many top attractions.
Need a break from the adventure? Select from hundreds of restaurants with diverse menus full of delicious and flavorful foods. Many restaurants in Galveston are family-owned and -operated, ensuring guests get an authentic meal and experience. Enjoy cuisine from barbecue and Tex-Mex to Indian, Cajun, Italian and Mediterranean – and everything in between. If visiting in January, attend the two-week-long Galveston Restaurant Week, which showcases local flavors. Night-owls also have several nightlife options for kicking back while enjoying live bands and local vibes.
No matter what time of year you visit, Galveston also hosts signature events that celebrate culture, holidays, food and fun. Top events include Mardi Gras Galveston, the Food and Wine Festival, the Juneteeth Celebration, Sand Crab Night Run, Wild Texas Shrimp Festival, Island Greek Festival and Winter Wonder.
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