Things to do in Downtown Austin
Located just steps from the historic 6th Street, Aloft Austin Downtown is close to the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Austin. Enjoy exploring Congress Avenue, catching a show at a local theater, or shopping along 2nd Street. View our list of the best things to do in downtown Austin below, and book your stay today at Aloft Austin Downtown.
- 2nd Street District
- 6th Street Historic District
- Austin City Limits Live
- Austin Convention Center
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- Barton Springs Pool
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Lady Bird Lake
- Palmer Events Center
- Paramount Theatre
- South Congress Avenue
- Texas Capitol
- Texas Memorial Stadium
- The Long Center for the Performing Arts
- University of Texas at Austin
- ZACH Theatre
- Zilker Metropolitan Park
How To Get Here
2nd Street District - 0.5 miles - Indulge in local cuisine, shop local at one of the many boutiques or catch live music every night of the week.
6th Street Entertainment District - 1 block away - Enjoy live music and entertainment on this historic street featuring re-purposed homes and commercial buildings.
Austin City Limits Live - 0.5 miles - This venue hosts over 100 concerts a year, and serves as the permanent home for the acclaimed PBS series, Austin City Limits.
South Congress Avenue - 1.2 miles - South Congress Avenue (SoCo) is a vibrant neighborhood located just south of Lady Bird Lake. Explore local boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and music venues.
Austin Convention Center - 0.5 miles - Host your next large event or meeting at this convention center featuring over 800,000 square feet of space.
Palmer Events Center - 1.2 miles - This urban park is the perfect place to host your next special event, featuring live oak and cypress trees, and a hill overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
Texas Capitol - 0.3 miles - Take a free tour of the historic state capitol building and learn about the history and legislature of Texas.
University of Texas at Austin - 1.2 miles - Visit the campus or cheer on the Longhorns at this university known for its research and community.
Arts & Culture
Paramount Theatre - 1 block away - Open for more than 100 years, this historic theater plays classic films and hosts small events.
The Long Center for Performing Arts - 1 mile - See a show at Austin's only live entertainment venue with over 80% of performances coming from local artists.
ZACH Theatre - 1.5 miles - This non-profit regional theater is the oldest continuously active theater company in Texas.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum - 1.2 miles - Visit this museum and learn about the history of Texas. Also enjoy rotating exhibits throughout the year, and see a film at the movie theater.
Barton Springs Pool - 2.8 miles - This three-acre pool is fed from underground springs and is ideal for year-round swimming with its naturally warm temperatures.
Lady Bird Lake - 2.4 miles - Rent a boat, kayak, paddleboards, and more at this metropolitan lake.
Zilker Metropolitan Park - 2.1 miles - Visit the botanical gardens, nature museum, science center, and hillside theater all within this historic park.
If you're in town for business, Aloft Austin Downtown is also close to many local corporate offices, including:
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation - 3 blocks
- Blumberg Excelsior Corporate Services, Inc. - 4 blocks
- Calpine Corporation - 3 blocks
- Consulate General of Mexico - 1 mile
- Dell Computer Corporation - 6.9 miles
- Honeywell HUE Design Studio - 0.7 miles
- Huntsman Corporation - 0.9 miles
- Parsons Corporation - 1 block
- Whole Foods Headquarters - 1 mile
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
- Blumberg Excelsior Corporate Services, Inc.
- Calpine Corporation
- Consulate General of Mexico
- Dell Computer Corporation
- Honeywell HUE Design Studio
- Huntsman Corporation
- Parsons Corporation
- Whole Foods Headquarters