Simply saying this area is “Downtown Austin” is quite the understatement. Because, to really talk about how incredible this slice of Austin is, you have to divide up all of the iconic spots that surround it. For instance, this urban hub is right off Lady Bird Lake and has all the benefits that come with having a stunning body of water in the center of a city. Ten miles of trails border the lake and serve as a social hub for runners, walkers, and cyclists.
Then there’s Zilker Park nearby. This is 361 lush acres nestled in the heart of the city. Head there to picnic, rent a canoe, try your hand at disc golf, or spend a sunny day at Barton Springs pool. Spring-fed waters make it a cool 68 degrees so you can dive in and beat the Texas heat. The 2nd Street District is also nearby and claims the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Austin.