Experience Austin2018-05-17T18:58:09+00:00

Experience Austin

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Check out the Official Austin Visitors Guide for all things Austin.

Below are some quick recommendations from the Austin-based NISOD staff.

Austin Duck Adventures – Austin’s Land and Lake Tour
austinducks.com | (512) 477-5274

Live Love Paddle Kayak Tour – Congress Avenue Bridge bat tour on kayaks
livelovepaddle.com | (512) 804-2122

Double Decker Austin – Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Tour
doubledeckeraustin.com | (512) 596-2925

Broken Spoke – Last of the True Texas Dance Halls
brokenspokeaustintx.net | (512) 442-6189

Recommended Live Music Near the Hilton Austin
Speakeasy – 412 Congress Avenue
Shiner’s Saloon – 422 Congress Avenue (2nd floor, SW corner 5th and Congress)
Cedar Street Courtyard – 208 West 4th Street

Recommended Dining Near the Hilton Austin
Iron Works BBQ – Real Texas BBQ | 100 Red River Street
Moonshine – Classic American Comfort Food | 303 Red River Street
Uncle Julio’s – Fine Mexican Food | 301 Brazos Street
Annie’s Café & Bar – Scratch-Kitchen Classics | 319 Congress Avenue
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Live music and Great BBQ | 801 Red River Street
Swift’s Attic – Modern American Small Plates | 315 Congress Avenue
Iron Cactus – Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar | 6th and Trinity Street
Manuel’s – Regional Mexican Cooking | 310 Congress Avenue
Justine’s Brasserie –  French Cooking | 4710 E 5th Street
Eddie V’s – Prime Seafood | 301 East 5th Street
1886 Café & Bakery – 116 6th Street at the Driskill Hotel
Max’s Wine Dive – Gourmet Comfort Food and Wine | 207 San Jacinto Boulevard

Getting Downtown After You’ve Landed

Didn’t rent a car? No problem! Ground transportation options for travelers arriving at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) include taxis, limousines, shuttles, public bus services, and on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft.

Austin is tapped into the latest tech-based transit. Get on-demand rides any time of day using Uber or Lyft

The Capitol Metro Bus Route 100 picks up and drops off at the lower level at ABIA, and in about 30 minutes or less, stops right outside the Hilton Austin (Headquarter Hotel), also providing easy access to the Residence Inn, Marriott Courtyard, Four Seasons, and the Hampton Inn and Suites. The Capitol Metro Bus Route 100 departs on the hour and half hour from the lower level, right outside baggage claim, and the cost is $1.50 each way. Plus, there is plenty of space in the luggage racks! Look for the “Capital Metro” signs, visit capmetro.org, and try the CapMetro App as well for real-time schedules, maps, and to purchase fare tickets.

Yellow Cab Vehicle ImageTaxis and limousines are available on the curbside of the terminal and provide convenient transportation to various destinations within Austin. Yellow Cab is Austin’s largest and most modern computer dispatched taxi fleet. (512) 434-7720 or try the free Hail A Cab™ app!

Transportation To and From the Hilton
Transportation from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to and from the Hilton is available with SuperShuttle “Shared Ride” or ExecuCar “Private Sedan/SUV.” Make reservations at www.SuperShuttle.com or www.ExecuCar.com use code HILTN for a 5% discount off published online fare.

Need Parking?
Parking is available at each of the conference hotels, as well as at city garages. The Austin Convention Center garage typically has complimentary parking on Memorial Day.

transportation-austin2transportation-austin1Getting Around During the Conference

All official NISOD hotels are within walking distance of downtown attractions, which is one of many advantages of staying at one of the NISOD-contracted hotels. PediCabs and Horse Drawn Carriages can also be picked up all over downtown.

Coming From Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas?
Try MegaBus! Just a bus trip away at a great value. Prices start at just $1.00 one way!

Austin WeatherWEATHER

Average temperatures in Austin, Texas in May:
High around 85° F
Low around 65° F

Check out current Austin weather and the forecast here.

Packing Tips

  • May tends to be the rainiest month of the year for Austin, but the rain doesn’t last long. So, be sure to throw a light raincoat or umbrella in your bag.
  • The Austin Hilton can be very chilly. So, a sweater or light jacket may be needed even while indoors.
  • Not only can it be chilly, but the hotel is also large. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes. Tennis or athletic shoes are perfectly acceptable.
  • Austin has a casual atmosphere all around town. Jeans and shorts are acceptable almost anywhere.


Forget Something? Need a sweater or shorts? There are two shopping options available from the Austin Hilton:

  • Barton Creek Square Mall via Capitol Metro Bus route 30 – Barton Creek Square stops right by the mall and picks up/drops off at 4th Street and Lavaca Street, which is a short, 12-minute walk from the Austin Hilton.
  • 2nd Street District – Shopping, Dinning, and Entertainment.
    2ndstreetdistrict.com | West 2nd Street and Colorado

Check out the  The Instagram Travel Guide to Austin for more great places to visit while visiting Austin. 

Austin Fun Facts

  • Considered the live music capital of the world with more than 250 live music venues.
  • 300 days of sunshine annually, with an average temperature of around 70 degrees F.
  • 11th largest city in America – not too big, not too small.
  • Home to North America’s largest urban bat population.
  • The state capitol building is the largest state capitol building in the U.S.

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