Texas’s capital is a study in contrasts, at once a seat of political power and one of the state’s “weirdest” communities. And that’s not a bad thing — in fact, you’ll see signs all over town urging you to Keep Austin Weird.
The campaign originated with a local small business organization, and that’s no surprise! The city’s ethos has been shaped by its citizens, who are both proud Texans and out-and-out experimenters.
As a result, Austin is home to a thriving tech scene, an inventive culinary landscape, and art galleries and live-music venues that are pushing the boundaries. Now that you’ve arrived, we want to help you explore the city. All of Blueground’s move-in ready furnished apartments are laid out by interior designers.
Even better, our one of a kind homes come with high-tech extras like Bluetooth speakers and smart appliances. Our high-design spaces have comfortable work-from-home setups to fuel your productivity. You’ll also get Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, and luxurious linens.
The best part of choosing to rent with Blueground is that you can spend your first days in town exploring, not setting up utilities or shopping for a new mattress. Here are just some of our favorite things to do in Austin.
Friday: Celebrating live music
Now that you’ve arrived in the so-called Live Music Capital of the World, you’ll want to take in a performance or two. There are so many great music venues around the city that you’d be hard-pressed to visit them all in a year, so pace yourself.
We suggest starting in East Austin, one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods. The area is home to a thriving nightlife scene that includes live-music venues like the Sahara Lounge, where you can hear live bands and eat delicious backyard barbecue.
Saturday: Arts & culture
Are you ready to explore Texas’s rich cultural history? Head to the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin to immerse yourself in Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture. The museum has a diverse permanent collection as well as some interesting traveling exhibitions.
After you’ve taken in all of the paintings, photographs, pottery, and sculptures at the museum, pick up a coffee and stroll around lovely downtown Austin.
Want to indulge in some retail therapy?
Head to the 2nd Street District, where the shopping scene includes both independent boutiques and national brands.
Sunday: Closeup on Austin
You’ve gotten a taste of Austin’s celebrated nightlife scene and a cultural fix at one of the city’s best museums, so why not take a break today? Whip up some coffee and waffles in your apartment kitchen or order in brunch while you get to know your new hometown on the small screen.
Richard Linklater’s classic 1990 film Slacker is not only set in Austin, it’s set up as a “day in the life” portrait of the city itself. Austin’s “weirdos” grace the small screen in a series of seemingly unconnected vignettes. Each strange but somehow loveable character contributes to the film’s unique charm.
Blueground wants all of our guests to feel at home from day one, whether they stay with us for a month or a year — or longer. Our turnkey apartments in Austin and our other global markets have everything our guests need to cater for themselves.