Your Guide to Exploring Austin During Collegiate DECA's Engage Conference

September 27, 2021

Contributed by the Texas Collegiate DECA Officer Team

So, you’re headed to Austin, Texas for Engage? Well, welcome to Texas, y’all!

We’re excited to see you here. We’ve put together a list of some local favorites for you to check out while you’re here!


  • Escape Game Austin – Features 6 different escape rooms and is just around the corner from the Hilton Austin 1 min walk
  • Austin Visitor Center – Stop in to learn more about Austin’s history and culture, unique restaurants and activities. You can also find Austin and Texas-themed gifts and oddities here! 1 min walk
  • The Museum of the Weird – All things unusual, bizarre and freaky. 3 min walk
  • Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching – If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch the end of the ‘bat watching’ season. Head to the bridge around sunset to see hundreds to thousands of bats pour out and cascade over Lady Bird Lake. 3 min walk
  • Waterloo Park – Even though it will be mid-November, the weather will still be perfect to experience the great outdoors. The weather will likely have highs in the low 70’s with lows in the mid to high 40’s. 5 min drive; 15 min walk
  • South Congress Avenue (SoCo) – Some favorites include: Parts & Labour (handmade work by Texas-based artists); South Congress Books; Big Top Candy Shop (old school candy shop and soda fountain); Allen’s Boots (because who doesn’t love the smell of leather boots?!); Tesoros Trading Company (folk arts and crafts from around the world) 6 min drive
  • “Howdy Austin” Mural – Visit some of the most Instagram-able spots in Austin, the murals. 601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 4 min drive/15 min walk
  • “I love you so much” Mural – 1300 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 5 min drive
  • “Greetings from Austin” Mural – 1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 7 min drive
  • “Love from Austin” Mural – 1912 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 7 min drive (Find more Austin murals)
  • Peter Pan Mini-Golf 9 min drive
  • Lady Bird Lake 10 min drive
  • Zilker Park 10 min drive




  • Uber/Lyft
  • Rent an Electric Scooter
  • CapMetro – Public Transportation day pass is $2.50

Whatever you end up doing while visiting Austin there are three staples that you don’t want to miss: visit at least one of the murals, eat some BBQ and try some delicious Tex Mex. And remember, Keep Austin Weird!

We can’t wait to see you in November!

*Due to the constantly changing environment, restaurants and other places of business may have modified hours or limited capacity. Please contact individual businesses directly for more information.


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