Hyde Park, Austin Travel Guide
Hyde Park Summary
- Historic neighborhood -- home to beautiful historic houses
- Just north of the University of Texas
- Quaint, tree-lined streets
- Laid-back attitude (lots of front porches for sittin')
- Home of the Elisabet Ney Museum, a castle-like sculpture museum and studio
- Shipe Park has basketball courts, a pool, tennis courts, picnic tables, and a playground
- Not much to do
- Void of nightlife
- Super-hot in the summer
- Not within walking distance of Downtown Austin (12-mintue drive away)
What It's Like
Established in 1891, Hyde Park maintains its old-town charm -- many of the 19th-century homes have been restored (and now are on the National Register of Historic Places) and the tree-lined streets offer some shade from the Austin heat. Part of its old-town charm is its slow pace -- Hyde Park is mainly a residential area, completely void of nightlife and with limited restaurants and shops. Just north of the University of Texas, Hyde Park has become a popular neighborhood for students and professors.
There's not a ton to do in Hyde Park, but it offers a relaxing alternative to the fast-paced vibe of downtown. Residents of the area are often strolling through the town center (home to a few restaurants and coffee shops) or sitting on their front porches. The Shipe Park (named after Hyde Park's founder) has basketball courts, a pool, tennis courts, picnic tables, and a playground.
Where to Stay
Hyde Park has smaller boutique hotels and B&Bs that offer fewer amenities than downtown hotels, but a more personal feel. Staying on the southern side of Hyde Park puts visitors closer to the University of Texas.