The secret is out. Everyone who visits Austin these days leaves with something great to say. They can’t stop talking about the legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene and unique culture. And a list of other things that you just have to experience for yourself to truly understand what makes Austin so Austin. The rest of the country has already taken notice. And it’s time you did, too.
Arrive early, stay late, or use your free-time during the Annual Meeting schedule to explore Austin. We’ve compiled a recommendation guide to assist you take advantage of everything exceptional that Austin has to offer. Onsite, look for our exclusive activities desk near registration to acquire printed guides and sign-up for casual “meet-ups”. Our meet-ups will provide attendees with an opportunity to informally gather for a fun activity or event.
2ND Street – Officially spanning the length of 2nd Street between Congress Avenue and San Antonio streets, this area is home to local and national brands, ranging from beauty, body and abode, to restaurants and overnight respites. Don your favorite reusable tote and wear shoes meant for strolling.
Warehouse District – As the name suggests, many of this neighborhood’s bars and restaurants are housed in renovated, antique warehouses. The gritty backdrop makes for a vibrant scene that draws a diverse crowd thanks to its range of live entertainment, restaurants, and unique shops.
RAINEY STREET – Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign supreme on this increasingly popular tucked-away street. Day or night, you’ll find relaxed bar-goers strolling from bar to food trailer to bar again, often with their dogs in tow looking for a kicked back sip and a bite.
SIXTH STREET – Sixth Street is distinctly Austin. With its colorful and bustling array of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s a sure bet for experiencing local characters and the vibrancy of the city.
EAST AUSTIN – Arguably the fastest growing neighborhood in Austin, the eclectic eastside is where old meets new and fresh eateries and boutiques are popping up like wildflowers.
RED RIVER – The sound of live music comes from some of the hottest stages in Austin in this district. Nightclub and concert-seekers mill the streets, dipping into watering holes and waiting for the lights to dim and shows to begin!
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Sites and Bites
Austin Eats Food Tours – This is a great option for foodies and those wanting to experience real Austin cuisine. Their mission is simple: “They want to feed you well and leave you delighted!” The food tours are, each approximately 3 to 4 hours in length and will include sampling at 4 to 5 local eateries. You’ll indulge in the tastiest local eats from chef inspired dishes, to juicy burgers to decadent sweets; and share lots of Austin lore along the way. This is guaranteed to be a fun time for guests of all ages. See: http://www.austineatsfoodtours.com/ or call 512-963-4545 for tour schedule/information.
Austin Guided Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Sightseeing Tours – Everyone loves to learn about new places and Austin has a lot to see. So, why not see it from a unique perspective? You will learn all about Austin and its rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from atop of a double decker bus! Because you can hop on and hop off you can can self-explore the downtown districts! See: http://doubledeckeraustin.com/ or call 512-596-2925 for schedule/information.
Austin’s Ghost Tours – Austin Ghost Tours has been telling the story of Austin’s ghosts for over 20 years and has been featured on The History, Travel, Discovery Channels, A&E, NBC, ABC and PBS. Voted one of the top ten ghost tours in the country, Austin Ghost Tours will give you the opportunity to discover Austin’s past in a unique way. Bring an open mind as featured ghosts may join the tours, which go rain or shine. (Tours run Friday and Saturday nights only!) See: http://www.austinghosttours.com/ or call 512-853-9826 for schedule/information.
Austin’s Duck Adventures – Tour Austin by land and by lake in an amphibious vehicle! The 90-minute tour of downtown Austin and beautiful Lake Austin let’s you ride inside one of Austin Duck Adventure’s unsinkable, US coast guard inspected, Hydra Terra vehicles. Austin Duck Adventures has been voted Austin’s best tour with 75 minutes of sightseeing that includes Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and Lake Austin. See: http://austinducks.com/ or call 512-477-5274 for schedule/information.
Bat Watching on Congress Avenue Bridge – Every night hundreds of people gather to see the world’s largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge just outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel. When engineers reconstructed the bridge in 1980 they had no idea that new crevices beneath the bridge would make an ideal bat roost. When they emerge in the evening during “bat season,” it’s like a cloud flying toward the east.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum –Texas’ state history museum is named after former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, who championed its creation to “tell the story of Texas”. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits; the first floor theme is “land,” the second floor theme “identity,” and the third floor theme “opportunity.” The Spirit Theater hosts a feature presentation entitled Star of Destiny. See: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/ or call 512-936-8746 for visitor information. Location: 1800 Congress Avenue.
Blanton Art Museum – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (often referred to as the Blanton or the BMA) at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. The Blanton’s permanent collection consists of almost 18,000 works, with significant holdings of modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, Old Master paintings, and prints and drawings from Europe, the United States, and Latin America. See: http://www.blantonmuseum.org/ or call 512-471-7324 for more information.
The Contemporary Austin – The Contemporary Austin is Austin’s primary community art museum. The museum features rotating exhibits in two primary locations, one downtown (700 Congress Ave.) and also at Laguna Gloria Sculpture Garden (3809 W 35th St.). See: http://www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/ or call 512-453-5312 for more information.
Esther Follies Comedy Club – Esther’s Follies is a modern-day vaudeville theatre located on 6th Street in downtown Austin. It has been called Austin’s answer to Saturday Night Live. The group is named after actress Esther Williams. Acts incorporate magic, juggling, singing, dancing, and sketches on current events. This unique theatre has been going strong for over 40 years. See: http://www.esthersfollies.com/ or call 512-320-0553 for ticket information. Location: 525 E. 6th Street.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Lady Bird Johnson founded an organization in 1982 to preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. This special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. It’s a great place to visit for nature lovers regardless of the season! See: https://www.wildflower.org/ or call 512-232-0100 for visitor information. Location: 4801 La Crosse Avenue.
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail – Ten miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists. The trail, which can be accessed directly from the Hyatt lobby, is a great place to take in the view, people watch and get in your fitness! You can walk, ride bikes and rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. Along the trail a memorial at Auditorium Shores honors the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan; the Ann and Roy Butler Pedestrian Bridge crosses Lady Bird Lake between W. Cesar Chavez St. and W. Riverside Dr. Maps are available from the hotel.
LBJ Presidential Library – The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. In 2012, the LBJ Library underwent a multimillion-dollar redesign and since has been reopened to the public. The library provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical, cultural, and temporary exhibits. See: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/ or call 512-721-0200. Location: 2313 Red River Street.
Rocket Bike Rental – Rental electric bikes make riding fun for everyone – with a mere twist of the wrist! No need to worry about hills or getting too tired after only a little bit of riding. These bikes can travel about 20 miles on a single charge! Arrange for public and private tours on these convenient bicycles. See: http://rocketelectrics.com/rentals-tours or call 512-442-2453 for information. Location: 1608 E Riverside Dr.
SegCity Segway Tours – Austin ROCKS when you ROLL as nothing shows off Austin better than SegCity Segway tours. From 6th Street to the State Capitol you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn about the heart of Texas and what keeps Austin weird. You can find out for yourself why SegCity Segway Tours were awarded the prestigious title of, “Best Tour In Austin!” See: http://www.segcity.com/austin/ or call 512-402-9299 for schedule/information.
Texas State Capitol – The Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin, contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor. Why not take in the place where Texas’ history is made! Visiting hours are available every day of the week. See: http://www.tspb.texas.gov/plan/tours/tours.html or call 512-305-8400 for visitor information. Location: Congress and 11th.
Restaurant and Bar Recommendations
Below is our recommended list of Austin restaurants and bars. To view a map of highly rated restaurants and bars near the Hyatt Regency Austin, visit Yelp.com, by following these links: RESTAURANTS | BARS
2nd Bar and Kitchen – American restaurant combines seasonal ingredients with local artisan products to create a true farm-to-table experience; 200 Congress Avenue.
Amy’s Ice Cream – Famous local ice cream shop with many unique flavors; multiple locations.
Banger’s — Abundant sausages & beers on tap inside a rustic-chic cottage or outside in the leafy beer garden; 79 Rainey Street.
Bar 96 — Casual sports-friendly bar in a former bungalow with a wraparound porch, board games & a food truck; 96 Rainey Street.
Bungalow — An easygoing bar with sports, music, regular specials & a big backyard with games & a taco truck; 92 Rainey Street.
Cedar Street Courtyard — Alley watering hole with 4 inside bars, courtyard & outdoor stage for nightly live music; 208 W 4th Street.
Chez Nous — Traditional French fare along with a selection of wine & beer is served in a Parislike setting; 510 Neches Street. $$$
Clive — Causal yet stylish watering hole pouring local beer & cocktails inside & out on a sizable patio; 609 Davis Street.
Container — Happening nightspot featuring drinks & DJs in an industrial space built from shipyard containers; 90 Rainey Street.
Craft Pride — Hip stop with many Texas craft beers on tap, plus a bacon-centric food truck parked by the patio; 61 Rainey Street.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – A prime quality seafood restaurant providing you with the finest fresh seafood & prime steaks. 301 E 5th Street. $$$
El Naranjo — Chef from Oaxaca City uses locally sourced ingredients to re-create refined interior Mexican fare; 85 Rainey Street.
Garage Cocktail Bar – Speakeasy type spot with inventive cocktails, plus beer and wine, set in a converted 50s valet office inside a parking garage; 503 Colorado Street.
Half Step — Low-key lounge presenting a short menu of craft cocktails in a cozy space with dark wood booths; 75 1/2 Rainey Street.
Hangar Lounge — Airy vintage-airport-themed hangout with DJs & buzzy rooftop lounge serving bar snacks & cocktails; 318 Colorado Street.
Home Slice Pizza – serving authentic NY-style pizza-by the pie or by the slice; 1415 South Congress Avenue.
Hop Doddy’s – Hip, eco-minded burger joint with all-natural meats, house-made buns, shakes & interesting beers; 1400 South Congress Avenue.
Icenhauers — Renovated century-old home now a bar with infused-liquor cocktails, local beers & outdoor fire pit; 83 Rainey Street.
III Forks – French-inspired steak & seafood mini-chain outpost with large wine list, piano bar & patio; 111 Lavaca Street. $$
Javelina — Laid-back bar with an outdoor patio serving creative cocktails, drafts and a regional Texan menu; 69 Rainey Street.
Jo’s Hot Coffee and Good Food – This is a great place for people watching, coffee and grub downtown; 242 West 2nd Street.
Josephine House – A favorite brunch spot in town! (better if you can make a reservation or have a small group); 1601 Waterston Avenue.
LaCondesa – Contemporary Mexican dishes, a vast tequila selection & happy-hour deals in a sophisticated setting; 400 W 2nd Street.
Lamberts – Upscale BBQ & other meaty fare in a refurbished general store with an upstairs bar with live music; 401 W 2nd Street.
Little Barrel and Brown – New American eatery offering a creative take on comfort food, plus retro cocktails & weekend brunch; 1716 S Congress Avenue.
Lucille Lounge — A charming, relaxed cocktail bar set in a renovated house, with a patio space & outdoor games; 77 Rainey Street.
Matt’s El Rancho – The inventor of Bob Armstrong dip and maker of the best Mexican Martinis ever; 2613 S. Lamar Boulevard.
Midnight Cowboy Modeling – An oasis in the middle of 6th Street liveliness – a truly unique experience with a touch of mystery (reservations are needed); 313 E 6th Street.
Péché -French comfort foods & craft cocktails (many with absinthe) delivered in a New Orleans-esque space-; 208 W 4th Street.
Perla’s – Upscale, Fish, oysters & surf ‘n’ turf are dished at this laid-back spot with an open kitchen & shaded patio; 1400 South Congress Avenue.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Chops, seafood, wine & cocktails served in an upscale setting with a lounge & live jazz; 114 W 7th Street. $$$
Ranch 616 – An iconic Austin staple for dinner with Southwestern fare and a great patio (try the Ranch Water); 616 Nueces Street.
Salty Sow — Braised, poached & stewed dishes, plus cocktails & craft brews, are served in a laid-back setting; 1917 Manor Road. $$
South Congress Café – Known for its Bloody Mary, carrot-cake French toast & daily brunch & dinner in a retro-modern room; 1600 South Congress Avenue.
Taverna – Casual Italian chain featuring pizzas, risottos & sidewalk seating; 258 W 2nd Street.
The Ginger Man — International, domestic & craft options on tap & in bottles, plus snacks, games & a patio; 301 Lavaca Street.
The Market and Tap Room — Classic cocktail bar with a vintage feel in the heart of Austin’s Warehouse district; 319 Colorado Street.
The Roosevelt Room – Music venue with some food… Inventive craft cocktails are served in an airy, industrial-chic space with a cozy upstairs lounge; 307 W 5th Street.
Torchy’s – Delicious and relaxed for breakfast tacos and just anytime tacos; 1311 S 1st Street.
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House – Upscale seafood and steak restaurant with live entertainment; 400 Colorado Street. $$$
Vespaio – Pizza, pasta & Sunday brunch along with deli items; 1610 S Congress Avenue.
VOX Table – Airy, modern eatery & bar for inventive New American small plates with French & Spanish flavors; 1100 S Lamar Boulevard. $$$
Walton’s Fancy and Staple – Easy and delicious order at the counter café with great brunch, lunch and coffee near downtown; 609 W. 6th Street.
Golf Courses in the Austin Area
Play a Round of Golf – Get a foursome together and choose from a variety of local-area golf courses to enjoy the day on Friday before you head home or on your long weekend stay. We compiled a list of the top courses near Austin to give you plenty of options within a short drive. If you are interested, see our course list below. You can also stop by the ACPA registration/concierge desk for information while on site.
To book a tee time in advance of the meeting, contact the Hyatt Concierge at 512.477.1234 ext 51 for assistance.
Barton Creek Golf Course
8212 Barton Club Drive
(25 minutes from the hotel)
Located in the heart of the glorious Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek Country Club is nestled within 4,000 acres of scenic landscape. Their four championship golf courses, along with a diverse selection of quality amenities, have earned Barton Creek Country Club AVIDGOLFER’s Best Overall Country Club in Austin Award.
Avery Ranch Golf Course
10500 Avery Club Drive
(30 minutes from the hotel)
This 226 acre, 7107 yard, 18-hole championship public course has tee placements that will challenge the low-handicapper while creating an enjoyable golfing experience for all levels of players. Architect, Andy Raugust, has blended panoramic vistas and gentle rolling hills with oak-lined fairways and the 60-acre Avery Lake.
15201 Falconhead Blvd.
(30 minutes from the hotel)
Falconhead Golf Course Austin is the newest addition to the PGA TOUR family of golf facilities. The course was expertly designed to fit carefully into the gently rolling terrain of the Texas Hill Country. It is a golf experience that can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels, including the top players in the world and average weekend golfers.
7401 State Highway 45
(25 minutes from the hotel)
Circle C lies on 160 acres of prime Texas hill country and offers fairways lined with hundreds of live oaks, some of the most stunning that you’ll see in the Austin area. The championship layout has served as the host course for the U.S. Open qualifier, the Buy.com/Nike qualifier and the Texas Women’s Amateur Championship.
4616 Rimrock Rd, Lago Vista, Texas
(50 minutes from hotel)
The 18-hole “Lago Vista” course at the Lago Vista Golf Club facility in Lago Vista, Texas features 6,579 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70 and it has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Leon Howard/Dave Bennett, ASGCA, the Lago Vista golf course opened in 1973.
Jimmy Clay / Roy Kizer Municipal Golf Course
5400 Jimmy Clay Drive
(18 minutes from the hotel)
Designed by noted golf course Architect, Joe Finger, the course plays 6857 yards through treed areas, as well as open spaces. The course is characterized by it’s relatively large, elevated greens, and forgiving tee shots. In 1994, Jimmy Clay Golf Course Austin became part of a 36 hole complex with the addition of Roy Kizer Golf Course on the southern portion of the site. Together the two courses make up one of the finest 36 hole complexes in the state.
Lions Municipal Golf Course
2901 Enfield Road
(10 minutes from hotel)
In keeping with the long tradition of Austin Golf, Lions Municipal Golf Course has served it’s citizens since 1934 and has long been the city’s most popular course. Constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928, Lions has hosted notable golfers, including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and of course Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. While “old muni” has changed over the years it remains a quality test but very playable course. Even through the course would be considered short by today’s standards, 6001 yards, it’s relatively narrow tree lined fairways and small greens provides a challenge to even the longest hitters.
Oak Hill Golf Range
5243 W Hwy 290
(15 minutes from the hotel)
Swing on by Oak Hill Golf Range for some Austin golf when you get that chance and enjoy high quality range balls and your choice of real grass or artificial turf hitting surfaces.
Onion Creek Golf Course
2510 Onion Creek Parkway
(20 minutes from the hotel)
A genuine Texas treasure steeped in family tradition, friendliness, camaraderie and good fun! Onion Creek Club is Austin’s most historic golf club, founded in 1974 by three-time Masters Champion, Jimmy Demaret. There is no other golf club in the Austin area that provides the history steeped in tradition and quality, the convenience to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and most importantly the opportunity to make new friends!
Plum Creek Golf Course
750 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, TX
(30 minutes from the hotel)
Plum Creek Golf Course, just south of Austin, is located on more than 200 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country terrain. This fun, championship golf course features 18 holes that take advantage of the acreage. Not the usual back-and-forth layout, Plum Creek was designed where no two fairways touch. A feature that exudes the wonderful peace some golf courses lack.
Wolfdancer Golf Course @ Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek, Texas
(30 minutes from hotel)
Noted golf architect Arthur Hills designed Wolfdancer to take full advantage of the natural lay of the terrain. Discover native grasses, trees, wildflowers, even a flock of egrets as you move through the three distinct areas of our stunning Texas golf resort’s 18 holes – rolling prairie, heavily wooded ridgeline and the river valley plain. Featuring a 13-acre driving range, short game area, two putting greens, a clubhouse/restaurant, and fully equipped pro shop. Voted “Best Golf Experience” in Avid Golfer Magazine in 2006, as well as “Top Ten New Courses You Can Play in 2006” in Golf Magazine.
Riverside Golf Course
1020 Grove Blvd.
(15 minutes from the hotel)
Designed by renowned architects J. Press and Perry Maxwell, this legendary course served as teaching grounds for golf icon Harvey Penick, as well as champions Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. A favorite among local golfers, Riverside Golf Course challenges and delights players of all skill levels with its mature trees and scenic water hazards. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from downtown Austin, Riverside golf course offers a serene escape without having to leave the city.
2500 FM 685, Hutto, Texas
(35 minutes from hotel)
Located on a scenic hilltop in Central Texas where cattle once grazed on the Timmerman Ranch, a Hill Country golfing experience is taking shape. The Golf Club at Star Ranch promises to both test and reward golfers of all skill levels. This 18-hole Daily Fee course with stone clubhouse, restaurant and lounge combines the very best in architecture, topography, development and management to create a memorable golf experience. Voted ‘Best Tournament Venue’ by Avid Golfer Magazine.
Teravista Golf Course
4333 Tera Vista Club Drive, Round Rock, TX
(40 minutes from the hotel)
This 18 hole Clifton-Ezell-Clifton design has captured the hill country beauty with views that reach 30 miles to the west. The rolling hills provide a challenging 7,200-yard layout whose 5 different tees will challenge golfers of all ages and abilities. The constant breeze keeps the golfer refreshed while adding a bit of challenge to shot-making. Recently awarded “Beginner Friendly Course” by the National Golf Course Owners Association, the course will satisfy the expert golfer’s desire for a real test and at the same time give the newcomer a fun experience.
Twin Creeks Country Club
3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park, TX
(20 minutes from hotel)
The 18-hole course at the Twin Creeks Country Club facility in Cedar Park, Texas features 7,033 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Lee E. Schmidt, ASGCA/Brian Curley, ASGCA, the Twin Creeks Golf Course opened in 2003.Twin Creeks is a Fred Couples Signature Course and features a clubhouse and family activities center, Located near Lake Travis, 20 Minutes from Downtown Austin, listed as one of Golfweek’s ‘America’s Best Courses’