It seems like the entire world is experiencing a financial situation, and most of us are trying to figure out what we can do in order to save a bit of money. It’s difficult to save money, however, when you’re trying to go out on the town in Austin. It’s a beautiful city, but many of the Austin events that you will find are not inexpensive to go to. There are, however, a number of free Austin events and activities that you can take in if you do a bit of searching. Here are some great free things that you can do in the beautiful city of Austin.
Are you into history? If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the history of Austin, you can find what you’re searching for at the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Center. They give free guided historical walking tours almost every day. The departure point is at the south entrance of the Capitol building, which resides at 1100 Congress Avenue, and it is necessary to call 24 hours in advance in order to get a reservation for a guided walking tour. There are two free tours that you can take, making for two fun excursions into the city where you can learn a bit more about the history of Austin.
If you’re more of a musical buff, then you may want to get down to the Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center every Sunday afternoon in the summer. Every year the Austin Symphony has featured a number of different ensemble concerts on Sunday afternoons. The concerts are free to go to and you can even find free parking if you go to the right area. It is encouraged for visitors to the concert to bring blankets and even picnics, making this a fun family outing, or a very romantic one, depending on what you’re looking for.
For something a little more interesting for nature lovers, make sure you head to the Congress Avenue Bridge. Every night from mid-March to November, the largest urban bat colony heads out from under the bridge at dusk and cover the sky on their search out for food. Bats tend to fly before it gets dark, and experts say that July and August are the best times to view the bats, as the newborn pups tend to leave the safety of the bridge during those months. Experts also say that the bridge can be very busy, so the best place to view the bats leaving their home is to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to the Bat Observation Center which is at the Austin American Statesman offices.
There are many things that you can do in Austin which costs money, but there are also a number of free things that you can find to do in this amazing city. With a little searching, and a little patience, you can have a great time in Austin without spending a dime.