Barton Springs Historic
Explore the history of Austin's freshwater springs
Located a few miles southwest of downtown, Barton Springs is not only a popular recreation site. It also the city's environmental center and is rich with local history.
Historic Music District Walking Tour
Learn how flash floods have shaped austin's historic landscape
Since Austin's founding, music venues have clustered along East Sixth Street and in the Red River Cultural District, drawing weekend crowds and, since 1987, the famous South by Southwest music festival. What forces turned these intersecting roads into a musical hub? On this walking tour, we will give you a few answers, including segregation, urban sprawl and flash floods.
Bike Lady Bird Lake
Learn how the Colorado River Shaped Austin’s History
How did Austin come to be where it is? How did Sixth Street come to be the most famous Street in Texas? How did Austin become so hip? The answers to these questions begin with the waters of Town Lake. Join us on a bike tour from Barton Springs, around the lake and through downtown and learn about the rich history between Austin and its river.