Austin is a truly unique and interesting place. For this reason, it makes perfect sense to pay the city a visit, and what better way to do that than in the comfort of an RV?
Traveling in an RV allows you to have all the comforts of home with you wherever you go, meaning you can fully enjoy your time in the weird and wonderful city of Austin and return home each night to cook dinner and decompress in your own space.
The problem? Not everyone has an RV of their own. Fortunately, this is not really a big problem because there are plenty of travel trailer and motorhome rentals in Austin. No matter what type or size you’re looking for, there’s sure to be one for you.
Not sure which kind of RV you want? Knowing the costs you’ll be looking at for each might help.
Have your Austin RV rental booked? The next step is planning your RV adventures. There are tons of amazing things to see and do in Austin, making it a bit overwhelming to plan such a trip, but also very easy to have a good time once you arrive in the city.
In this section we will discuss some of the top things to do and see while in Austin, as well as some of the most important things to know before you go. After reading this, you should be 100% ready to hit the road with confidence.
State and national parks are wonderful places to visit during your RV travels. Not only do these parks offer tons of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities, they can also teach about the history of a place. On top of that, a visit to a state or national park is one of the very best ways to see the natural beauty of an area.
Considering there are so many benefits to visiting state and national parks, it only makes sense to visit some while exploring with your trailer or motorhome rental in Austin. The good news? There are plenty of amazing options!
If you’re looking for a fabulous hike with some beautiful scenery, Texas state parks are just the place for you. Fortunately, there is one fabulous state park just outside of the city, and another three of them less than an hour away.
As far as national parks go, you have your choice of three different parks, all within an hour and a half of the city:
All three focus on different parts of Texas history, and all three are engaging, educational, and the perfect addition to an Austin vacation.
Whether you choose a top-of-the-line class A or a simple pop-up camper rental in Austin, you are going to need someplace to park the rig. This is where Austin’s many campgrounds and RV parks come into play.
From rustic settings to immaculate parks, there is something for everyone. All you need to do is decide what kind of RV camping experience you’re looking for, and book a site.
Those looking to take their private Austin RV rentals to a natural and rustic setting should head to McKinney Falls State Park. This gorgeous park is located just 20 minutes outside of the city, but still offers all the beauty you’d expect from a state park.
Austin Lone Star RV Resort is located very near downtown. The people who run the place are beyond friendly, and the amenities provided are just what you need to feel comfortable and at home.
Another wonderful park with lovely amenities is Pecan Grove RV Park. This lodging option can be found right in the middle of the action, and many attractions are within walking distance, making it ideal for those who wish to avoid driving around the city.
KOA RV parks are a good option because they are consistently well-kept, family-friendly facilities. Austin East KOA is no different, and people love the pool, playground, dog park, and super clean bathrooms. For this reason, we highly recommend heading to this park after picking up your RV for rent in Austin.
Check out this article to find more wonderful camping in the Austin area.
Some people are perfectly content sticking to the state and national parks mentioned above. However, we highly recommend adding some other fun attractions into your travel plans.
Austin has plenty to offer in the way of attractions, and because there is such a wide variety of things to see and do, you shouldn’t have any trouble at all finding something that suits your tastes.
It’s always interesting to see state capitol buildings, and the Texas State Capitol is no exception. Go for a tour of this beautiful space.
Home to the Zilker Botanical Garden, Barton Springs Municipal Pool, and Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Park is a must-visit attraction in Austin. This beautiful green space offers plenty of recreation opportunities, including access to Lady Bird Lake.
Another pretty outdoor space that is located right next to Zilker Park, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum offers a gorgeous walk, some stunning photo opportunities, and a great outing.
Want to learn about the history of Texas? Bullock Texas State History Museum is the perfect place for you. Here you’ll learn all kinds of fascinating things in a well-put-together space.
If you’re looking for some of the best shopping and dining in the city, South Congress Avenue is your place. This neighborhood has a lot going on at any given time, and is the ideal spot to get a feel for the culture of the city.
Also on Congress Avenue, the Congress Bridge is another of those must-see locations. Not because of the bridge itself, but because of the hundreds—even thousands!—of bats that call the bridge home and fly out in swarms during the summer evenings.
This museum and library is a great place to learn more about our nation’s 36th president. It’s good to see on its own, but even better when seen right before or right after the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park mentioned above.
Art fans will be glad to hear that Austin has a plethora of amazing art galleries. Some of these can be found in the Blanton Museum of Art, a place where you can get lost in the beauty of art.
If you’re visiting Austin with children, the Austin Zoo is a wonderful place to check out. See all of your favorite animals and learn a thing or two, all while getting some fresh air and sunshine.
Thinkery is another fantastic place to take children. This is a hands-on children’s museum that little ones absolutely adore. From a whimsical playground and a room dedicated to playing with words to an amazing water table and a pretend play area, there’s enough to keep young minds busy for hours on end.
The Cathedral of Junk may not sound all that enticing by name alone, but trust us when we say it’s truly a work of art. Not only that, this crazy palace of trash is the perfect sampling of the interesting weirdness that makes Austin what it is.
Finally, there is the Austin Aquarium. This is one of those places that is fun for people of all ages. We recommend visiting if you are at all interested in marine life.
If the attractions above aren’t enough to keep you sufficiently entertained, you may be wondering what kinds of entertainment you’ll find in Austin.
Considering Austin is a hub of artistic expression, it may come as no surprise to learn that you’ll find plenty of amazing arts entertainment options. On top of that, you’ll also find some sports, lots of shopping, and some pretty exciting nightlife.
Of course, sports are far from the only kind of entertainment in this bustling city. In fact, Austin also happens to be one of the very best places to go for entertainment.
Street musicians are not an uncommon sight in this city, and the nightlife here is certainly nothing to scoff at. Theater and dance have their place too, while people love the Capitol City Comedy Club. Moreover, annual events such as South by Southwest and the Austin Film Festival have people flocking to Austin from all over the country and even the world.
Want to learn more about entertainment options in Austin? Check out this fabulous article on the subject.
Obviously, you are going to need a way to dump the tanks on your Austin RV rental. If you’ll be staying in an RV park or campground, you can simply dump there; however, those who choose boondocking outside of the city won’t have this option. Fortunately, Austin does have a few options in terms of dump stations.
Many of the RV parks listed above allow people to pay a small fee to dump their tanks. One of the best parks for this is the Austin Lone Star RV Resort. Another option is to head to Crestview RV Center, where dumping is allowed for a $15 fee.
Need a list of available dump stations so you can find a place to dump your motorhome or travel trailer rental in Austin? Our Texas dump stations page should be helpful.
Obviously, you will need to get to your Austin, TX RV rental somehow. Whether you choose to travel on the road or in the air, there are plenty of options for getting into the area, and lots of roads for getting around once you do arrive.
Austin’s airport is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Here, you’ll find a number of major airlines offering both domestic and international flights. If you choose to fly into Austin, this is where you’ll want to land, and getting to your final destination from this airport should be a cinch thanks to the myriad shuttles, taxis, and other ground transportation options offered here.
Those driving into or around the city might take any of a number of highways. I-35 runs north and south through the city, while US highway 290 runs east and west through the city (but jogs a bit). Meanwhile, several Texas state highways offer travel in various directions throughout Austin.