Austin (population 790,000) sprawls across 270 square miles of Central Texas. Located less than eighty miles north of San Antonio, its proximity to Hill Country offers residents and visitors many scenic views, especially over Lake Travis. The state’s capitol, Austin also is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, boasting more than 250 music venues, including the Moody Theatre, home to the world-famous Austin City Limits performances.
The city of Austin has a thriving park district system, with dozens of public parks that offer activities for families, couples and singles. Between the neighborhood and municipal parks, Austin residents can find a variety of athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks and 50 public pools operated by the city.
Miles of hiking and biking trails can be accessed throughout Austin and its city limits, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Other outdoor activities range from world class golf courses to nature preserves and camping at McKinney Falls State Park. At the McKinney Falls lives “Old Baldy,” the oldest bald cypress tree on public land in Texas.
History buffs may enjoy touring the Capitol Visitors Center on east 11th Street at the southeast corner of the Capitol Grounds. It’s the oldest building in the state and sees one million visitors annually. Austin museums include the O Henry Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art.
The University of Texas at Austin campus sits just a few blocks north of downtown—the college sees an annual enrollment of more 48,000 students. Students, families and anyone living in Austin and its surrounding neighborhoods can enjoy the cultural activities of the city as well as its many unique shopping venues and dining options. From traditional Texas barbeque to Tex-Mex and some of the best fusion-inspired culinary treats in the state, Austin serves up delicious dishes for every budget and taste preferences. As a major metropolitan area of Texas, Austin offers a diverse place to live, work and play.