Franklin ParkAustin

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A resident population of university students and multicultural communities enliven this southern Austin neighborhood, which borders the city’s green parkland.

Check out the neighborhood of Franklin Park to enjoy its convenient south-central Austin location and experience everyday life in the city. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown Austin and the University of Austin make it a popular choice for students and city workers. Take a seat in a Franklin Park café and chat with locals. Visit the adjacent state park to explore nature trails and the meandering Williamson Creek.

Stroll down the sprawling residential streets and learn about local life in south-central Austin. Have coffee or a meal in one of the neighborhood cafés and spend some time people-watching or getting to know local residents. The neighborhood is bordered on the southwest by the Williamson Creek Greenbelt. Explore the pretty creek line and go walking, jogging or cycling along the waterside streets.

Visit Franklin Neighborhood Park, after which the area was named, to see what’s happening at the local sports courts. You’ll find basketball and volleyball courts, a softball field, a playground, barbecue facilities and a collection of pretty areas to have a picnic.

Franklin Park’s eastern border is marked by the 640-acre (260-hectare) state park that brings a breath of fresh air to the city. McKinney Falls State Park has a wonderful collection of hiking and biking trails, as well as interpretive nature trails that you can enjoy with the kids. Go fishing in Onion Creek.

Find accommodations in this popular area to have easy access to downtown Austin and the heritage buildings around St. Edwards.

The neighborhood is a 15-minute drive south from downtown Austin. Reach Franklin Park by bus from Austin Station within an hour. It is less than a 20-minute drive from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Franklin Park is free to visit at any time and a great spot to base your trip in the city.

Top Hotels in Franklin Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Austin South
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Austin South
2.5 out of 5
4701 S I 35, Austin, TX
CA $71
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6

Located in Franklin Park, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of South Congress Avenue, St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer Golf Course. Austin Convention ...

3.5/5Good! (2,074 reviews)

"The property appeared well maintained and clean. I didn't like the fact that people stood in the hall in front of my room after midnight and talked loud keeping me awake for over an hour."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2020

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Austin South
Ramada by Wyndham Austin South
Ramada by Wyndham Austin South
3 out of 5
4323 S Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX
CA $94
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Located in Franklin Park, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from South Congress Avenue and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lady Bird Lake. St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer ...

4.3/5Excellent! (776 reviews)

"Convenient to access multiple locations in Austin in spite of highway construction"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 26, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Austin South
WoodSpring Suites Signature Austin South Central
WoodSpring Suites Signature Austin South Central
2.5 out of 5
4911 S Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX
CA $76
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Located in Franklin Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of South Congress Avenue, St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer Golf Course. Lady Bird Lake and ...

3.9/5Good! (940 reviews)

"It was great except for 1 dead water bug on floor and no remote. When asked they brought a remote that wouldn’t work"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2020

WoodSpring Suites Signature Austin South Central
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin South
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin South
3 out of 5
4501 S Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX
CA $122
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Franklin Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of South Congress Avenue, St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer Golf Course. Austin Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,014 reviews)

"Had a great time at SpringHill.. The hotel had a shuttle that took us downtown and back. Breakfast was fine. Staff very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin South
Comfort Suites - South Austin
Comfort Suites - South Austin
2.5 out of 5
5001 S IH 35 , Austin, TX
CA $118
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7

Located in Franklin Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of South Congress Avenue, St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer Golf Course. Lady Bird Lake and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (387 reviews)

"Comfortable bed and pillows. Nice size room........"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2020

Comfort Suites - South Austin
Courtyard by Marriott Austin South
Courtyard by Marriott Austin South
3 out of 5
4533 S Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX
CA $144
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Franklin Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of South Congress Avenue, St. Edward's University and Roy Kizer Golf Course. Lady Bird Lake and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (583 reviews)

"Very comfortable beds and linens. Highway noise was well hidden"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Austin South

Popular things to do in Franklin Park

Sixth Street
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Sixth Street

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Austin’s answer to Bourbon Street really comes alive when the sun goes down. Enjoy live music, delicious food and refreshing drinks here any time of day.

Texas State Capitol
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Texas State Capitol

4.5/5(50 reviews)

An architectural marvel that rivals anything you might see in the great cities of Europe. 

Zilker Park
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Zilker Park

4/5(13 reviews)

Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, this centrally located park is an idyllic spot to relax in thermal springs or hike along extensive trails. 

Top activities in Franklin Park

Austin City Highlights Tour
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Austin City Highlights Tour

CA $50

Embark on an adventure to some of Austin’s major landmarks, quaint neighborhoods, and hidden gems that only the locals can show you. Ride through town in a comfortable van, and even get a tasty treat from one of Austin's signature food trucks.

Downtown to Barton Springs Guided Kayak Tour
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Downtown to Barton Springs Guided Kayak Tour

CA $42

We have a fun 2-hour tour that leads guests on a kayaking adventure on Lady Bird Lake with amazing downtown views! The tour also paddles into Barton Creek and arrives at the beautiful spring-fed waters of Barton Springs, the natural wonder of Austin! Our fun and informative guide will give you tons of information on our city, culture, natural features, and wildlife.

Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake
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Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake

CA $23

Paddle through the waters of Lady Bird Lake, scoping out views of downtown Austin's skyline, visiting quiet islands, and cruising past parks that line this sealed section of the Colorado River. Along the way, explore secluded beaches perfect for a refreshing swim and snap photos of native wildlife.

The Brunch Bus
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The Brunch Bus

CA $118

Brunch. The one thing that can drag every sleepy (and possibly hungover) soul out of bed. Brunch is the best thing about the weekend, so it is our absolute delight to show-off the best of Austin’s brunch scene.

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin

CA $142

Cruise through the rolling, tree-flecked landscapes of Texas Hill Country to check out the former home of a US President, and explore colorful towns made famous by country musicians. Visit LBJ Ranch, Fredericksburg, and Luckenbach on this full-day excursion.

Ultimate Challenge: Escape Game
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Ultimate Challenge: Escape Game

CA $39

After booking your activity we will call you to confirm your proffered route. We offer routes on Downtown Austin, South Austin and North Austin.

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