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Summer is the perfect time to visit St. Edward’s University and Austin. Planning your trip? We recommend you focus on breakfast tacos, bikes, Barton Springs, bands, bats and Biology. Or Behavioral Neuroscience. Or whatever major interests you (we just like alliteration). Here are our tips for making the most of your summer trip to Texas’ capital city.

Fresh tacos and cold sodas at an Austin eatery

Breakfast tacos. Start your day with Austin’s culinary staple. Choose the traditional bacon, egg and cheese, or go veggie with beans and avocado. Try local favorites TacoDeli and Torchy’s, or swing by Curra’s or mom-and-pop restaurant El Borrego de Oro near campus.

Red bilkes are lined up at one of many downtown Austin Rent-a-Bike stands.

Bikes. Austin has an extensive network of bike lanes and shared-use paths, including the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake. Use the city’s 50 B-Cycle bikeshare stations to rent a bike for short trips, or stop by Barton Springs Bike Rental to borrow one all day. Prefer exploring on two feet? Stroll South Congress Avenue, near campus, for fun shopping, great food and coffee, and even better people-watching.

Swimmers cool off in the crystal clear water of Barton Spings in Austin

Barton Springs. Locals agree that this spring-fed pool, which stays a chilly 70 degrees year-round, is the soul of Austin. Bring your goggles and snorkel so you can check out the fish who share the pool with you. Or enjoy the shade of the oak trees on the hill next to the pool, writing postcards to your friends about the impressive (or not) exits people make from the diving board.

A local band on stage at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin

Bands. Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, with bands playing every night of the week. Catch a show while you’re here — Blues on the Green is a picnic-friendly free concert series in Zilker Park on select summer Wednesdays. Or pick up a copy of the Austin Chronicle for a complete listing of venues.

An aerial view of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin

Bats. From the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge downtown, you'll see one of Austin’s best — and weirdest — attractions. A colony of more than a million bats spends the warm months living under this bridge. Join the crowds standing on the bridge to watch the bats fly out at sunset, or rent a kayak and paddle up to the bridge for a closer look.  

Aerial view of Main Building and the St. Edward's campus in Austin

Biology (or any other major — and it’s fine if you haven’t picked one at all!). Start your visit to St. Edward’s with a campus tour, offered every weekday morning. (Get a quick peek at campus in our video.) Then sit down with an admission counselor to talk about majors, scholarships, the application process and how St. Edward’s might be a fit for you. You can even meet with a financial advisor to learn how a St. Edward’s education is more affordable than you think. And be sure to check out the view of downtown from the front steps of Main Building.

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By Robyn Ross