Austin, Texas has a way with fun, exploration, and entertainment that brings visitors flocking to the city in impressive numbers year after year. In 2020, it’s no secret that things look a bit different. With the COVID-19 lockdown firmly in place, residents and visitors alike are working hard to maintain social distancing standards and adhere to restrictions in the name of health. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the city is off-limits to virtual tourists. There are a wide variety of online resources that have been designed to keep people close to the city’s many landmarks while also providing some much-needed entertainment. Here are a few to explore!

Live Curator Chats and Yoga

A trip to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum is often a highlight of a journey to Austin. As of March 13, 2020, the doors have been shut to the public in the name of safety; however, the museum has worked hard to create an online presence that keeps everyone connected. Live curator chats are regularly being held on the museum’s Facebook page while live yoga in the garden videos are keeping fans of the museum connected through health and wellness online. Virtual tours of the museum and garden area also available through this site.

Tour the South Austin Popular Culture Center

For those that are craving a dose of artistic inspiration that they would normally find at the South Austin Popular Culture Center, Google Arts and Culture has you covered. Log onto this creative-based site to take a virtual tour of those works of cultural inspiration and art that are bound to keep you motivated to look forward to brighter days. Additionally, current restrictions on outdoor activity can be particularly tricky for those who are naturally inclined to spend time getting out and getting into nature. Those same individuals who make their way to Austin, Texas are likely to be drawn to the beauty and open appeal of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. Enjoy the history, beauty, and intrigue of this state park using the same Google Arts and Culture access portal that lets you tour so many other city-specific cultural hot spots from the comfort of your own home!

Movies for All

While Amazon Prime and Netflix are in the business these days of streaming new releases early, those interested in streaming Austin-specific films will want to check out the Alamo at Home service currently being utilized by Alamo Drafthouse. This portal provides the public access to indie films while they’re safely cozied up indoors.

Austin Awaits

At Austin Vacation Rentals, we’re committed to staying safe and make the safety of our clients a top priority. While now isn’t the time to travel, we’re positive that the future holds plenty of options for making your way to Austin and enjoying an unforgettable stay. In the meantime, feel free to reach out with questions concerning specific properties or future travel plans. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Texas soon!