Austin, the capital of Texas and one of the most popular cities, is down-home, yet sophisticated. Laid-back and bustling with energy. Traditional and avant-garde at the same time. Austinites and visitors alike embrace the city's unique identity and appreciate the traditions it was founded upon.
As the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin echoes with the sounds of country, rock, blues and Tejano. Fans discover live music in nearly 200 venues throughout the city. This small university town has become a big city with a glittering skyline and 1.4 million people in the metropolitan area.
While you are at Conference, take some time to experience the great attractions Austin is known for; and, of course, don't forget to spa. Many ISPA spa members have extended a generous discount to ISPA Conference attendees for treatments scheduled. Learn more.
Your Guide to Weird, Batty Austin
16TH largest city in America
SMOKE-FREE Austin bans smoking in all public places, including the airport, municipal and other government offices, as well as private office buildings. Smoking is prohibited in most restaurants, bars and music venues.
STATE CAPITAL The seat of government for the Lone Star State, Austin is home to the State Capitol, built from 1882-88 out of "Sunset Red" granite and measuring 302 feet high-14 feet higher than the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C.
HISTORY Founded in 1839 by Jacob Harrell along the Lower Colorado River, the city is named for Texas colonist Stephen F. Austin.
LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD On any given night, live music plays at any of nearly 200 venues throughout the city. Austin is also home to such famed personalities as The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Spoon, Ghostland Observatory, Okkervil River and more.
MAGGIE MAE'S As an host venue of the SXSW concerts, Maggie Mae's has been the place to hear famous original music artists in Austin. Here you can enjoy downtown Austin relaxing in their courtyard or rooftop deck.
Join us at Maggie Mae's for the ISPA Conference & Expo Evening Event for both networking, and dancing. All full-Conference registrants get in free to this event sponsored by Pure & Basic and SpaSoft/SpringerMiller.
FILM CAPITAL Austin is the top location for moviemaking in Texas. Grind House, The Alamo, Spy Kids, Sin City, The Rookie, Miss Congeniality, Hope Floats and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were filmed in Austin.
A LITTLE BATTY Austin is home to North America's largest urban bat population, with up to 1.5 million Mexican freetailed bats roosting under the Congress Avenue Bridge from March through October.
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS Sixth Street, South Congress Avenue, the Warehouse, Second Street and Red River entertainment districts are among the "hot spots" for listening to live music, dining and taking in the nightlife scene.
OUTDOORS Recreational opportunities abound with 220 parks, including 360-acre Zilker Park and a 10.1 mile hike-andbike trail around Town Lake. Barton Springs Pool welcomes swimmers to 68-degree, spring-fed waters year-round.
LAKES Total water surface area of the Highland Lakes comprised of Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Town Lake is 20,693 acres; combined shoreline for the three is 405 miles.
CULINARY TRAILS At the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Austin is at the hub of the more than 20 wineries on the Texas Wine Trail, and part of a network of cities making up the Texas BBQ Trail. Austin is also world headquarters of Whole Foods Market.