Austin, a city known for its unique blend of world-class museums, unparalleled shopping experiences, and breathtaking outdoor spaces, offers many exploration opportunities. 

Greeting from Austin postcardWhile in Austin for the IEEE Life Members Conference, take advantage of the city’s proximity and diverse offerings. Set aside some time to immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the city’s many attractions:

  • The Austin Visitor Center: The friendly staff will share knowledge of Austin’s history and culture, special events, shopping, unique restaurants, outdoor fun, nightlife, and music. The gift shop offers Austin and Texas-themed gifts, novelties and oddities, books, clothing, and more. 
  • Texas State Capitol: The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. 
  • Capital Cruises: Offers public tours, bat watching, cruises, private events, and more! Boat docks at the Hyatt Recency (conference hotel).


  • Blanton Museum of Art: One of the foremost university art museums in the country, offering thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art.
  • UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum: With over 50 sculptures in a peaceful 6-acre garden near Barton Springs, the UMLAUF rotates exhibitions of Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors
  • Bullock Museum: See the preservation of Texas history through meaningful and educational experiences. 
  • LBJ Presidential Library and Museum: Explore innovative, educational exhibits to glimpse the political and personal lives of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. 


  • Hike & Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake: Ten miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, serving as a social hub for runners, walkers, and cyclists. The trail is accessible directly from the Hyatt Recency (conference hotel).
  • Bats: Yes, you read that right! Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Watch these little guys and gals fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge nightly from spring through early fall.
  • Wildflowers: Every spring, the Texas Hill Country blooms into a colorful cascade of delicate Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, and Indian Blankets as wildflowers blanket the meadows, fields, and valleys near Austin. 
  • Austin Nature & Science Center: Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) is dedicated to exploring the natural world.
  • Zilker Botanical Garden: This lush sanctuary features koi ponds, live oaks, and prickly cactuses of all shapes and sizes. Composed of multiple themed gardens, this natural retreat offers something new around every corner.


  • South Congress Avenue: Discover offbeat boutiques. Enjoy a walk or stop for coffee, cocktails, and culinary delights. Catch live music seven days a week.
  • 2nd Street: From local cuisine and alfresco dining to trendy shops and awesome live music, this walkable district is jam-packed with Austin’s homegrown community vibe.
  • The Domain: Premier destination for fashion, luxury, dining, and fun with 100+ stores and restaurants.

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