Moving to Austin? Ranked second in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” 2006, and named one of the “Greenest Cities in America” thanks to its efforts in sustainable living (MSN, 2007), Austin is making quite a name for itself. The fast-growing city offers the entertainment and sophistication of a large urban center while maintaining a traditional small town feel. The city is particularly attractive to young professionals (both those graduating from The University of Texas and coming from other parts of the country), because of its energetic music scene, growing business sector, and casual lifestyle.
Known as “The Live Music Capitol of the World,” Austin features live music entertainment almost every night of the year in local bars and clubs, and hosts music festivals throughout the year. South by Southwest features hundreds of bands and musicians from around the world playing on a series of stages in downtown Austin, in addition to dedicated a portion of the festival to the art of independent filmmaking. South by Southwest is to the spring music scene as Austin City Limits is to the fall – this three day music festival brings together over 100 popular bands. Complementing Austin’s interest in music, the city has seen a lot of activity from the motion picture industry over the years. Many of the movies produced in the area were influenced by the University of Texas’ Department of Radio-Television-Film…films like Dazed and Confused, Miss Congeniality, Office Space, Slacker, and Grindhouse.
Locals know there is never a lack of things to do in Austin. Even without a professional franchise sports team, residents are still loyal sports fans of the hometown favorites from the University of Texas (evident by the abundance of UT colors, logos and Longhorn emblems. The Blanton Museum of Art has a collection of European, American and Latin art, and hosts special events such as the B Scene, a monthly art party where residents can mingle amongst the art. For the full history of Texas, visit the interactive exhibits and IMAX theater at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. As the capital of Texas, Austin is home to the stately Texas State Capitol building, recognized as a National Historic Landmark and one of the most distinguished capitol building in the country.
For some outdoor fun, head to Austin’s Zilker Park, 351 acres with a Botanical Garden, Nature and Science Center, hike & bike trails, canoe rentals, and a sculpture garden. A great way to see Austin and other parts of Central Texas is via the Southern Pacific 786, Austin’s very own steam train that offers a variety of excursions. The Vanishing Texas River Cruise considers itself the Premier Ecological Cruise of Texas, and takes passengers along the Colorado River for science-based tours of the local area. Austin Duck Adventures allows you to see the city via land and water with their amphibious vehicles originally built for the military.