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House close to The Domain  & Austin FC Q2 stadium
Entire residential home · 4 guests · 2 beds · 2 baths

House close to The Domain & Austin FC Q2 stadiumCharming 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom cottage style home in North Central Austin. Perfect for families or working professionals in coveted central location. Forget your worries in this spacious and serene house which is close to The Domain, the Austin FC Q2 stadium and Apple Headquarters. Versatile space, in a very peaceful neighborhood, with a great patio and a sandbox. We also have a gym and a chimney. Free parking, and it has a lot of light for you to rest & think. Perfect for getaways or retreats.

Modern Austin home with a view
SUPERHOST
Entire residential home · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1.5 baths

Modern Austin home with a viewUrban retreat 5 miles and straight shot to University of Texas campus, Texas State Capital and downtown Austin nightlife. Enjoy hilltop views with gorgeous sunsets from wrap around balcony in this modern getaway oasis. Quick and direct access to Austin Bergstrom Airport. Great neighborhood with award winning home design. Cul de sac, comfort in gallery-esque setting. One small dog allowed. Contact first for additional pets. No events please without permission.

Elm Street Bungalow - private bath & entrance
SUPERHOST
Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath

Elm Street Bungalow - private bath & entranceOur home is a 1928 bungalow in the historic Clarksville neighborhood, just west of downtown. Our guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed, with a private bath, a separate living room with a refrigerator and microwave and entry to the outside. Walk a few blocks to parks, shops, restaurants, and access to trails.

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  • Pool
  • Pets allowed
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  • Wifi
  • Hot tub

Where to stay in Austin

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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South Congress
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Downtown
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University of Texas at Austin
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Zilker
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Hyde Park
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Southpark Meadows

Stay near Austin's top sights

Texas Capitol
Capitol Building · 470 locals recommend
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The pink-granite building is the centerpiece of downtown Austin, perched on a hill at 12th Street and Congress Avenue. Free guided tours are held daily, starting in the South Foyer, but brochures are also available on the first floor for self-guided tours. The Texas Legislature meets every two years, so you’ll have to check the schedule if you want to see an actual session in progress.

Heena
Heena· Austin, TX
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    The 11 Oaks Townhouse in Walkable Downtown Neighborhood
    G$30,695 per night
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    1. Entire condominium (condo)
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    Downtown Treetop Hideaway- SXSW, 6th St, UT Campus
    G$26,690 per night
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    1. Entire condominium (condo)
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    Stylish New Downtown Condo with Bikes
    G$34,820 per night
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    ★Modern,CozyCouple's Getaway w/Relaxing Patio!
    G$24,598 per night
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Park · 794 locals recommend
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Zilker Park is where ACL happens, where a great Zilker Christmas Light Show is, where the Stevie Ray Vaughn bronze is. Close enough to Casa Willow and Holly Neighborhood. Google what is happening at Zilker when you come.

Priscilla
Priscilla
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    1. Entire guesthouse
    2. Austin
    Betty’s Bungalow at Barton Springs
    G$34,521 per night
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    Barton Springs Guest Suite - Zilker
    G$31,174 per night
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    1. Entire condominium (condo)
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    Stay in a Hip Condo Retreat near Town Lake
    G$21,740 per night
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    Colorful and Quirky Zilker Park Townhouse
    G$31,234 per night
Lady Bird Lake
River · 421 locals recommend
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A must-do, this famous lake is home to a wide variety of outdoors activities. Pro tip: rent a kayak, paddle board, canoe or boat around sunset time to watch 1.5+ Million bats go out from under the South Congress bridge! You may also make a reservation at a bat sightseeing boat which includes a guided tour.

Paloma
Paloma· Austin, TX
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    1. Entire guesthouse
    2. Austin
    Light-Filled Loft near Lady Bird Lake
    G$22,148 per night
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    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Austin
    East Austin Gem near Lady Bird Lake Trail
    G$28,634 per night
    1. Entire guesthouse
    2. Austin
    Sweet bungalow in East Side Downtown Austin
    G$15,334 per night
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    1. Entire guesthouse
    2. Austin
    Brand new, Private Studio close to Downtown Austin
    G$17,484 per night

Top-rated things to do in Austin

Unique activities hosted by local experts vetted for quality

  • Scenic Sunset Bat Kayak Tour of Austin
    Spots available on the 7:30 block made for the 8pm!!!!!!!! Inquire if you need the deets!!! Join us for our eco-friendly sightseeing tour where you'll soak up the Texas sun & take in breathtaking views of the downtown skyline, vibrant scenery & witness more than 1 1/2 million bats take flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge, all from the comfort of our versatile kayaks! *****The Bat Viewing Tour will be the 8-10pm time slot!!!!!!!!!******
    From Price:G$10,252 / person
  • Downtown Sunset Kayak with 1.5M Bats!
    Welcome to Austin's #1 booked tour! I can say with confidence this is the best group on the water. Let's meet up for an epic night of kayaking. It's 4 incredible trips in one. 1st you paddle the length of downtown during the day, then we catch the sunset over the water. The bats are the main event and we end with downtown paddle at night! Add in a full moon or bright stars occasionally and this trip is one not to miss! If trip is sold out, ask if I can fit you in. Book through me because: I'm a traveler and Airbnb host as well so I know what you want out of the trip. On top of bat facts, i'll give you more freedom to kayak, make sure to take great photos of you on the tour, and make sure you meet other like minded travelers in the group who can share their tips or even join you for a night out afterwards. I've got good travel stories for days and lots of local insight to help you build out the best plan for the rest of your stay. Bad weather = full refund. You won't find a guide who tries harder to make sure you have the best night possible. You'll also be given high quality photos at the end of your trip! Need one more reason to book? My auto reply to your booking confirmation comes with my custom "Must do" in Austin link to help you plan the rest of your tri
    From Price:G$10,043 / person
  • Guide to N American Craft Beer Culture
    Beer is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic drink, and is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea. During this interactive experience, you will have the opportunity to virtually meet people from all over the world while learning new beer knowledge. Relax with a beer in your home while the "Lady Brew Crew" covers the following: - Tasting VS Drinking Beer - The Four Pillars of Beer (Ingredients) - Popular Beer Lingo - How to Order at a Brewery - Beer Trivia & Fun Beer Facts After hanging out with us, you will no longer feel intimidated by terms beer nerds throw around like IBU, ABV, OG, & crowlers. Check out our other virtual beerventures! Explore the Fascinating World of Beer” https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/2436105 "Discover the Obscure History of Craft Beer" https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1788284 Want to make it a Zoom Party? We have a discounted group rate if you book your friends & family members in a single booking. Looking for a date night? Book a private tour just for your designated group! The independent craft beer community is another industry experiencing a steep decline in revenue due to the global pandemic. We encourage you to support your local craft beer scene by purchasing a local brews to taste throughout the experience.
    From Price:G$3,139 / person
  • Discover the History of Women in Beer
    Beer is one of the oldest drinks humans have produced and the history of beer is parallel to the history of human civilization. During this experience, you will have the opportunity to virtually meet people from all over the world while learning about the impact women had on most consumed alcoholic beverage on the planet. Relax in the comfort of your home with a delicious beer while the "Lady Brew Crew" discusses the following: - "Her-story" (History) of Women in Beer - Beer Trivia & Fun Beer Facts Check out our other virtual experience "Guide to American Craft Beer Culture" https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1671503 Over 100 5-star reviews: - Our Instagram @AirBrewNB - Our in-person experiences (Pre-COVID): https://abnb.me/Q26gsIlrA5 https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/706550 The independent craft beer community is another industry experiencing a steep decline in revenue due to the global pandemic. We encourage you to support your local craft beer scene by purchasing a local brews to taste throughout the experience.
    From Price:G$3,139 / person
  • Giant Paddleboard at Sunset w/ Bats!
    This is the best way to experience the bats hands down. The journey on the 5-6 person giant paddle board starts with epic downtown views during the day, continues with the sunset, then observing the 1.5 million bats fly out and ends the night paddling back after dark in the city glow. Booking this tour for the sunset and bats puts you along side Austin's #1 experience "kayaking w/ the bats" only you're on a board! Its the same trip just a different vessel. I also host daytime paddles using the same boards so message me if you want to take a custom trip on the boards to a secret island or the springs Don't let the word "Paddleboard" fool you. This is 15 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. It is ultra stable. You will not get wet unless you choose to go for a swim. You can sit down, stand up, or even lay down. It's impossible to fall into the water on accident. It takes 2 people to paddle a giant board so single travelers may be asked to join another group. The mega paddle boards make for an excellent family or group option cause you get to stay together and share the experience. As a bonus, as soon as you book, my auto-reply welcome message has my personal guidebook to Austin that can help you plan the rest of your Austin vacation.! View my IG: @boatsandbats
    From Price:G$10,043 / person

Tips from Austin locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

Always bring water Hopefully you don't buy plastic water bottles still, but definitely bring water wherever you go. i'd invest in a yeti - b/c they're cool and they stay cold for forever!

Max
MaxLives in Austin

What's the best way to get around?

Uber/lyft and local favorite ride austin are all easy to catch from our house. Taxi service is less reliable. all very economical since we live so close to austin's main attractions. public transport consists of buses. go to capmetro website if interested in bus routes.

Robyn
RobynLives in Austin

Getting around -ride sharing would be the best way to get around if you don't have a car. -rent a car? download the park atx app so you can add time to the meter while you're out and about -the nearest metro (local bus) stop is 1.5miles from our hourse

Ian
IanLives in Austin

Get to know the major street names in south austin. Manchaca, lamar, south congress, ben white (aka hwy 71) and mopac (aka loop 1 north) ---- if you get familiar with where these roads are on the map, you'll have an easy time finding your way around. also, it may be helpful to know "manchaca" is pronounced like "mancheck"

Amanda
AmandaLives in Austin

Uber and lyft are great for austin Download the apps and start riding

Carrie
CarrieLives in Austin

What should I not miss?

The bats under congress bridge! Head down to the congress bridge, or rent a canoe and park it under the congress bridge around sunset any day and prepare to be amazed with hundreds of thousands of bats as they head out for the night to feast!

Max
MaxLives in Austin

How can I save money on this trip?

Great travis county park (free!) Great primitive trails just ten minutes up 71 toward austin. southeast metropolitan park!

Carrie
CarrieLives in Austin

What are some local customs?

Matthew mcconaughey, famous austin native & resident says, "we don't honk in austin." We do drive very fast! so, plan ahead a little and it won't be too bad!

Carrie
CarrieLives in Austin

If you want to bbq on the porch, go to the food locker for farm fresh beef, pork & bacon.. They close at 6pm sharp..

Marshall
MarshallLives in Austin

If you see a tip jar, anywhere, it means the hourly wage is tragically low. please be generous. It's not just service staff. from sandwich-makers to counter clerks ($5/hour), tip jars alert you to the underpaid population of our town. don't forget the musicians!

Paula
PaulaLives in Austin

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Your guide to Austin

All About Austin

The Texas capital is a mecca of everything the state does best: inventive cuisine served from its food trucks; live entertainment celebrated at festivals touting music, tech, and extreme sports, and of course the all-essential SXSW; and plenty of outdoor experiences that call for biking, hiking cycling, swimming, bouldering, and kayaking year-round. Downtown Austin is the center of it all, with a thriving arts and shopping scene by day and lively nightlife after the sun sets, especially on Sixth Street and in the Warehouse District. Take a step back in time in South Austin, where beloved restaurants and classic architecture surround the biggest city park. The fast-growing neighborhood of East Austin, an eclectic enclave of food and boutiques, is another great spot to explore.


How do I get around Austin?

With hundreds of daily flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), it’s easy to fly deep into the heart of Texas from more than 70 domestic and international destinations. It’s just about a 10-mile drive into Downtown Austin, with busses, shuttles, and rideshares all making the trip. Renting a car is always a good choice for exploring the areas around Austin, but public transportation options are plentiful too. The city’s extensive Capitol Metro Bus System has 83 routes and more than 1,600 stops, and the MetroRail runs along 32 miles from downtown to the city of Leander. Cabs and rideshares are also easy to request, and for shorter distances, there are bike and scooter rentals, as well as pedicabs.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Austin?

Austin boasts 300 sunny days a year, but there’s no denying that the city sizzles in the summer, with July being the hottest month. Average high temperatures are in the 90s Fahrenheit from June through September, with lows only getting into the 70s. Winter is a far more temperate season, with highs in the upper 50s to low 70s and lows dipping into the upper 30s. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons, with highs usually in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 50s to 60s. The clearest skies arrive between July and November, with the highest average days of rain in May.


What are the top things to do in Austin?

Texas Capitol

The Texas state house is as grand in stature as the state is in size, earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Made of sunset red Texas granite, the three-story capitol building is the largest in the nation — yes, it’s more than 14 feet higher than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. But the true beauty is in the details, such as the ornate oversized brass door hinges and chandeliers with light bulbs that spell out “T-E-X-A-S.” Take a free half-hour tour or pick up a map to take a self-guided tour.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

No bat signal needed! One of the most stunning sights in town is this fascinating natural phenomenon as between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats — the largest urban colony on the continent — fly out from under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge every night at dusk.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Founded by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes in 1982, the 284-acre University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to preserving the state’s native plants, with more than 900 species on site. There’s also an arboretum with more than 70 kinds of Texas’ native trees.

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