Sizzling with sunshine and character, Austin offers some of Texas’s most diverse sights and sounds as one of the most welcoming cities in the South. Everything’s bigger in Texas and the people are big on hospitality and barbecues, so feel free to make friends at one of the city’s many food trucks serving all kinds of delicious treats. Take some time to wander into a coffee shop or bar to hear some live music or poetry being performed while you explore America’s live music capital.
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Visit Texas’ capital from Canada and discover the best things to do in Austin. Paddle, swim, hike or bike your way around the 350 acres of Zilker Metropolitan Park or spend a day wandering the exhibits at the Austin Nature and Science Center, or the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. For a trip into yesteryear, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum or get a free guided tour of the State Capitol. If you’re looking to see something you won’t find at home, swing by Congress Avenue Bridge before sunset to see thousands of bats fly out over the lake to hunt.
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WHAT TO EAT
Texas barbecue is world-renowned, so fill up on brisket, ribs and other slow-cooked cuts of meat. Tex-Mex cuisine is also prominent here (who knew?). Don’t miss tacos, enchiladas and other tasty treats.
WHAT TO BRING BACK
Hot sauces are a Texas specialty, local wines from the Texas Wine Trail, live music memorabilia, cowboy boots, and a “Keep Austin Weird” shirt or cap.
Austin is home to the only functioning moonlight towers in the world. These towering spires are over 150 feet tall and each one lights up 1,500-foot radius enough for you to read a watch! Even the streetlights are bigger in Texas.
For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.