Is your family adventurous? Explore the wilder side of Austin at Lake Travis Waterloo and Zipline Adventures. When you are ready to spark your curiosity, visit the Austin Nature & Science Center, a free museum located in the heart of Austin. Although the city has public parking, most of the lots don't accommodate oversized vehicles, so it's best to leave your RV at the campground.
Austin is one of the fittest cities in the country. Miles of hiking and biking trails weave through the city, passing by some of Austin's most notable landmarks. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Barton Creek Greenbelt make it easy to explore Austin on a bike or foot. On warmer days, don't forget to pack your bathing suit! Several of the trails connect to spring-filled swimming holes like Barton Springs and Campbell's Hole. To paddle, visit one of Austin's stand up paddleboard, kayak, and pedal boat rental shops.
Did you know that Austin is home to North America's largest urban bat population? At sunset, between March and early fall, people line the streets and waterways near the Congress Avenue Bridge, hoping to see approximately 1.5 million bats emerge from their cave. The best free viewing area is located along the bridge and near the southeast corner of Congress Bridge and Lady Bird Lake. If you arrive early, you can snag a prime bat-watching spot. To avoid the crowds, why not watch the bats from the water instead of the bridge? Several companies rent kayaks or sell riverboat tickets as part of a bat-viewing tour.
Austin's biggest draw is the flourishing music scene. When you are not in town for a concert or musical experience like SXSW, visit other prominent music attractions like Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater or the Texas Music Museum. For a free activity, take part in a music-themed scavenger hunt to try and locate the bronze Willie Nelson statue or other music-themed public art installations.
Are you a foodie? Austin's food scene is almost as popular as its music. Austin has everything from craft beer to breakfast tacos. To make the most out of your RV rental, why not take a bit of Austin back to your campground each night? Nothing spruces up hot dogs cooked over a fire like a nice cold craft beer!