Experience Austin

Greeting From Austin!

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

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

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk – Head a few blocks south to the Colorado River and explore
Look for: the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, tons of interesting street art, and cute dogs running around Auditorium Shores!

South Congress District – Shopping, restaurants, bars, events
Do512 Guide to South Congress

Broken Spoke – Last of the true Texas dance halls
brokenspokeaustintx.net | (512) 442-6189

City Tours
Austin Bat Tours – Congress Avenue Bridge bat tours on kayaks or foot
austinbattours.com | (512) 596-3254

Capital Cruises – Congress Avenue Bridge bat tours on boat
capitalcruises.com | (512) 480-9264

Austin Duck Adventures – Austin’s land and lake tour
austinducks.com | (512) 477-5274

Double Decker Austin – Hop on, hop off sightseeing tour
doubledeckeraustin.com | (512) 596-2925

Live Music Near Hilton Austin
Elephant Room – Live jazz bar | 315 Congress Avenue
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Live music and great BBQ | 801 Red River Street
Cedar Street Courtyard – Live music every night | 208 West 4th Street

Dining Near Hilton Austin
Fareground Austin – Austin’s first food hall | 111 Congress Avenue
Walton’s Fancy and Staple – Great for breakfast (self-seating only) | 609 W 6th Street
1886 Café & Bakery – Breakfast and lunch | 116 6th Street at the Driskill Hotel
Voodoo Doughnut – Funky doughnuts (cash-only) | 212 E 6th Street
Second Bar + Kitchen – New American, small plates | 200 Congress Avenue
Swift’s Attic – Modern American small plates | 315 Congress Avenue
Iron Cactus – Mexican grill and margarita bar | 6th and Trinity Street
Matt’s El RanchoFamily-friendly Tex-Mex spot | 310 Congress Avenue
Justine’s Brasserie – French cooking with a seriously hip vibe | 4710 E 5th Street
Micklethwaite – BBQ food truck that rivals Franklin’s | 1309 Rosewood Avenue

Coffee Shops and Bars Near Hilton Austin
Easy Tiger – Bake shop and beer garden | 709 E 6th Street
Juan Pelota Cafe – Attached to Lance Armstrong’s bike shop | 400 Nueces Street
Biderman’s Deli – Jewish deli serving the best bagels ever | 800 Brazos Street
The Roosevelt Room – Old-world inspired craft cocktails | 307 W 5th Street
Rainey Street District – An historic area of old homes converted into bars and restaurants

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 nearby or easy to get to 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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