- December 26, 2016

Celebrate The New Year In Austin At These 10 Fireworks Viewpoints!

Times Square might be known as the best place to bring in the New Year, but Austin does a pretty great job of it, too! With the city’s annual celebration at Auditorium Shores and countless parties and live music performances at downtown venues, you’ll have plenty of choices for activities to bring in the new year.

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On that note, we happen to think that watching fireworks is one of the better ways to bring in the new year. There are a number of fireworks shows scheduled across the city for December 31, so we have identified 10 of the best primary and alternative locations to watch them as you usher in 2017…

1.) For an epic fireworks panorama, climb Mount Bonnell

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Austin’s skyline from Mount Bonnell. Photo: Flickr user Andreanna Moya, CC licensed.

As the tallest natural viewpoint in Austin, there’s no question that Mount Bonnell would be an excellent place to watch multiple fireworks shows taking place across the city. Technically, the viewpoint closes at sunset, but the parks service generally extends hours on special occasions. You’ll want to lug a blanket or lawn chair up the hill with you unless you’re cool with parking it in the dirt or on a rock. Just be sure to get there early because lots of folks will set up camp on Mt. Bonnell.

3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd. 512-974-6797. Open daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website.

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