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Four Seasons Hotel Austin: Within Walking Distance

Bicycling, bats, coffee and cowboy boots. Guests will find them all nearby, armed with these 10 tips on what to see and do in this Texas city.

Aug 29, 2011
  • Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
  • Wine Tasting Room at Whole Foods
  • Mexican freetail bats Tadarida brasiliensis flying from Congress Avenue Bridge Austin Texas USA
  • Pug taking a walk with owner at Lady Bird Lake Dog Park
  • Guitar
  • Espresso at Jo's in Austin
  • Rowing on Lady Bird Lake
  • Heritage Boot in Austin
  • Arthouse at the Jones Center
  • Sixth Street Bar
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail: This car-free urban escape is wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. The crushed gravel surface is easy on the joints and limits cyclists to leisurely mountain bike cruises. The entire loop is 10.3 miles, but shorter sections can be walked, run or biked. Don’t miss the city’s famed Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.
Photography Austin CVB
Flagship Whole Foods Market: A healthy walk or short car ride, Whole Foods is to Austin what L.L. Bean is to Freeport, Maine, or Harrods to London. This downtown superstore has multiple sit-down dining outlets—from sushi to Texas barbecue—ingredients you did not know existed and a huge wine selection. A separate kitchen facility offers cooking classes.
Photography Whole Foods
Bats! The underbelly of the South Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in the nation. From April to October, they fly out nightly at sunset. The hard-to-believe scene that darkens the sky has become a top Austin attraction, and the Hotel Lobby Lounge and lake view rooms—especially balcony rooms—have the best view. One-hour bat watching cruises with guided narration are a great alternative.
Photography Chris Howes/Alamy
Lady Bird Lake Dog Park: If you brought a four-legged friend to the Hotel, he or she will be delighted to discover that Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. There is a huge no-leash, open-air dog park lakeside, right across from the Hotel, where Fido can fetch, run, play with new friends and swim.
Photography Disco Volante/Alamy
Music: “The Live Music Capital of the World” has more venues and performances nightly than anywhere else, featuring every type of music. The two reliables nearby are the Elephant Room, which has been attracting top jazz performers for 20 years, and Lambert’s, which skews toward rock, country and rockabilly, while dispensing the city’s most upscale twist on Texas barbecue.
Photography Andy Schrader/Austin CVB
Jo’s Coffee: With a distinctly anti-Starbucks vibe, Austin is home to numerous independent coffee shops, but none more beloved by locals than Jo’s. Its two locations are within walking distance and usually feature live music and plenty of outdoor seating on weekends.
Texas Rowing Center: Lady Bird Lake is the epicentre of outdoor action in Austin, and from the rowing centre near the Hotel you can get out on the water on your own power by renting canoes, kayaks, or the trendy stand-up paddleboards. Lessons and classes are offered in all aquatic pursuits, including fitness scull rowing.
Photography Austin CVB
Heritage Boot: Owner Jerry Ryan spent years in London’s bespoke fashion scene before coming to Texas to recreate 1930s–1960s cowboy boot styles. These vintage designs are nearly extinct due to their level of handiwork, detail and stitching, but Heritage is the exception. You will find these boots ready to wear nowhere other than on trendy South Congress Avenue.
Photography Heritage Boot
Arthouse at the Jones Center: This nearby museum features contemporary works in a wide variety of media, with a non-exclusive focus on Texas artists, and just reopened after a $6.6 million renovation and expansion.
Photography Arthouse at the Jones Center
Street Scene: Sixth Street is Austin’s answer to Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Beale Street in Memphis, lined with bars, clubs and live music, and rowdy enough on weekends that police close it to traffic and create a giant open-air party that attracts a hip crowd.
Photography Austin CVB

The healthiest city in Texas, Austonians love to get around town on foot—and bike, since seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong lives here, and bike shops and paths abound. With a prime location on the banks of Lady Bird Lake near downtown, there is plenty to see and do within walking distance from Four Seasons Hotel Austin.


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