Look closely and notice that City Hall is shaped like an armadillo, covered in an intentionally rusted patina. Across the street is the larger-than-life bronze monument of Willie Nelson on guitar marking the entrance of Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre. The statue was unveiled April 20th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (get it?) by the mayor, who introduced Willie as "the man who more than others made Austin the live music capitol of the world." Foodies converge on La Condesa for award-winning contemporary Mexican, Second Bar + Kitchen for buffalo fried pickles, and Lambert's for high-end BBQ. Cafes fuel shopping expeditions at independent women's boutiques along the street.
Getting Around Austin
Private cars are the easiest way to move around Austin. CapMetro operates a bus (100-Airport Flyer Inbound) directly from the airport that costs $2.00 and takes about 30 minutes. Parking in downtown Austin is metered. Hours differ depending on the day of the week: Monday through Wednesday are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday are 8 a.m. to midnight; Saturday is 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday is free. Austin features a parking app (http://austintexas.gov/page/parking-spots-downtown) to help determine rates for specific areas in advance. Taxis are available throughout town with a $2.50 flag drop and $0.40 per additional 1/6 mile. Pedicabs pedal around downtown. Rates are negotiated individually with operators. Two bike rental companies are ready to get you pedaling Austin starting at $28.50 per day. (http://www.austinbiketoursandrentals.com/ and http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/) Capital Metro (CapMetro) operates the city's public transit system and generally operates between 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on weekdays; 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Saturday; 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. on Sunday. CapMetro's website offers extensive ride planning and mobile app options. (http://www.capmetro.org/planner/)
Nearby Airports
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport-ABI
Airport Taxis
  • $23
Things to Do and See Near Second Street