Looking to be just like everyone else who visits Austin for the first time and is unsure where to go or what to visit first? Well here you go. Use this list to start then branch out and explore on your own. Tourists traps or hidden gems…why not both?

It’s inevitable this had to be done. Some people WANT to see what everyone else sees so they can have something to talk about when they return home. Seriously do you want to miss the bats flying out from under the bridge (Probably). Are you going to waste your Vacation money visiting a Government Building (Yep I said it). So you are not College age and you still want to Tour the University of Texas (Nobody is going to stop you… not even you!). Go for it… live the dream. There are plenty of Walmart Stores in the area to visit while you are here too!

I did not write this too damn boring a subject. I asked a computer to write this post and I asked nicely and it graciously complied with my request. The power of the New America. We are being replaced! Okay I wrote some of it and you know fact checked and all. Going to pat myself on the back now.

Here are 10 of the most visited places for tourists in Austin, Texas, without using Wikipedia as a source:

RankTourist AttractionBest Time of Year to VisitBest Time of Day to VisitSafety Concerns
1Texas State CapitolSpring or fallMorning or afternoonBe aware of your surroundings and take precautions against pickpockets.The building is closed on Sundays and some holidays.
2Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike TrailSpring, summer, or fallAny timeBe aware of the weather conditions and the traffic on the lake.The trail is closed between 10pm and 6am.
3Barton Springs PoolSpring or fallMorning or afternoonThe pool can get crowded, so arrive early to avoid the lines. The pool is closed from November to March.
4Zilker Metropolitan ParkSpring, summer, or fallAny timeThe park can get crowded, especially on weekends, so be prepared for large crowds. The park is closed from 10pm to 6am.
5Congress Avenue Bridge Bat WatchingSpring or fallDuskThe bats are most active at dusk, so arrive early to get a good spot. The bridge is closed to pedestrians from 10pm to 6am.
6Mount BonnellSpring or fallMorning or afternoonThe views from the top of Mount Bonnell are best on clear days.
7The University of Texas at AustinAny timeDay or nightBe respectful of the students and faculty. The campus is closed to the public after 10pm.
8The Driskill HotelAny timeDay or nightThe hotel is a popular tourist destination, so expect crowds. The hotel is closed to the public after 11pm.
9Franklin BarbecueAny timeAny timeThe barbecue is delicious, but the lines can be long. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
10Loro AustinAny timeAny timeThe restaurant serves modern Thai cuisine. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

I hope this helps!