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Popular amenities for Austin vacation rentals

Stay near Austin's top sights

Circuit of The Americas346 locals recommend
The Domain769 locals recommend
The Oasis On Lake Travis507 locals recommend
Domain NORTHSIDE127 locals recommend
Barton Creek Square74 locals recommend
McKinney Falls State Park376 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Austin

Total rentals

17K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

10K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

5.6K properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

6K properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

8.8K properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

629K reviews

Your guide to Austin

Introduction

The Texas capital is a mecca of everything the state does best: inventive cuisine served from its food trucks; live entertainment celebrated at festivals touting music, tech, and extreme sports, and of course the all-essential SXSW; and plenty of outdoor experiences that call for biking, hiking cycling, swimming, bouldering, and kayaking year-round. Downtown Austin is the center of it all, with a thriving arts and shopping scene by day and lively nightlife after the sun sets, especially on Sixth Street and in the Warehouse District. Take a step back in time in South Austin, where beloved restaurants and classic architecture surround the biggest city park. The fast-growing neighborhood of East Austin, an eclectic enclave of food and boutiques, is another great spot to explore.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Austin

Austin boasts 300 sunny days a year, but there’s no denying that the city sizzles in the summer, with July being the hottest month. Average high temperatures are in the 90s Fahrenheit from June through September, with lows only getting into the 70s. Winter is a far more temperate season, with highs in the upper 50s to low 70s and lows dipping into the upper 30s. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons for a vacation, with highs usually in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 50s to 60s. The clearest skies arrive between July and November, with the highest average days of rain in May.


Top things to do in Austin

Texas Capitol

The Texas state house is as grand in stature as the state is in size, earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Made of sunset red Texas granite, the three-story capitol building is the largest in the nation — yes, it’s more than 14 feet higher than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. But the true beauty is in the details, such as the ornate oversized brass door hinges and chandeliers with light bulbs that spell out “T-E-X-A-S.” Take a free half-hour tour or pick up a map to take a self-guided tour.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

No bat signal needed! One of the most stunning sights in town is this fascinating natural phenomenon as between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats — the largest urban colony on the continent — fly out from under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge every night at dusk.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Founded by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes in 1982, the 284-acre University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to preserving the state’s native plants, with more than 900 species on site. There’s also an arboretum with more than 70 kinds of Texas’ native trees.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Austin?

    Austin experiences a warm, humid climate. Summers can be hot with averages around 95°F (35°C), while winters are mild with daytime highs often around 60°F (15°C). Rainfall is common in spring and fall, and the city receives about 300 days of sunshine annually.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Austin?

    Experience Austin's lively music scene on Sixth Street, visit the Texas State Capitol, or paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake. Explore the city’s food truck culture, take a sunset boat tour to see the Congress Avenue Bridge bats, or hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Art lovers should visit the Blanton Museum of Art.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Austin?

    Austin tends to be busiest in March and October. March is the time of the South by Southwest festival, a massive event attracting music, film, and tech enthusiasts. In October, the city hosts the Austin City Limits Music Festival, drawing crowds with its lineup of world-renowned musicians.

  • What are the best places to stay in Austin?

    Downtown is a popular choice due to its close proximity to attractions like the Texas State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake. South Congress Avenue is known for its unique boutiques, restaurants, and music venues, while East Austin has a vibrant arts scene. The Domain, a live-work-play community to the north, is also an appealing place to stay.

  • What are the best places to visit in Austin?

    The Texas State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, and the Zilker Botanical Gardens are often recommended. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria provides a blend of art and nature, while the Bullock Texas State History Museum gives insight into the state's past. Don't overlook the Sixth Street entertainment district, known for its live music.

  • What are some family activities to do in Austin?

    Families can explore the Thinkery children's museum for a variety of interactive exhibits. The Austin Zoo and the Austin Aquarium are also a delight. For outdoor fun, try a paddleboard or kayak adventure on Lady Bird Lake, or hike to the top of Mount Bonnell for stunning city views.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Austin?

    Day trips from Austin might include a visit to the nearby city of San Antonio with its historic Alamo and River Walk. The natural beauty of the Hill Country, about an hour west, is also worth exploring. For cave enthusiasts, the Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is within easy reach, and it's only a short drive to the charming town of Fredericksburg.

  • Are there Austin vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 5,560 vacation homes with pools in Austin, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Austin?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Austin. From over 8,900 house rentals, over 4,090 apartment rentals to over 1,430 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Austin?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10,220 vacation rentals in Austin featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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