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City Overview

“Experience the unique atmosphere of a city that celebrates its history, cultural diversity, live music, the outdoors and cutting-edge technology.”

Austin offers conventioneers 300 days of sunshine a year, fascinating history, excellent hotels, world-class dining, a thriving cultural scene and top-flight golf courses.

The Convention Center has helped launch development in downtown Austin. The area features several new upscale restaurants and hotels, all within walking distance of the facility. There are over 7,500 hotel rooms in the downtown area, including the 31-story, 800-room Hilton Austin located directly across from the facility’s north side.

Attendees also enjoy a rich downtown environment with plenty of entertainment, including live music playing at more than 250 venues on any given evening. They’re also just steps away from the famous Sixth Street and Warehouse District areas. For a different pace, visitors can enjoy a stroll or a jog along beautiful Lady Bird Lake, which bisects the center of town and is bordered by 10 miles of hike-and-bike trails. Or they can join the crowd congregating on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, just below the Congress Avenue Bridge, to watch as 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats take flight for the evening.

Austin boasts 13 nationally registered historic districts. Conventioneers can enjoy touring the historic sights located downtown, like the Texas State Capitol and Capitol Visitor Center, Governor’s Mansion, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Mexic-Art Museum and O. Henry Museum. Also close by are the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, located in the University of Texas, America’s largest college campus, Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center, Zilker Botanical Gardens, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum and many more museums.