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Things To Do in Austin Texas
Things to do in Austin
Top 10 To Do: 
  1. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: This museum that chronicles the history of Texas with three themed exhibits: Land, Identity and Opportunity.
  2. Zilker Metropolitan Park: Home to Barton Springs, the Zilker Eagle, a large playscape, and four hundred acres of sports fields and woodlands, Zilker Park is a popular weekend destination.
  3. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum: Sculptor Charles Umlauf's home and studio, featuring over 250 sculptures.
  4. Sixth Street: Busy street lined with clubs, restaurants, pubs and galleries.
  5. Mount Bonnell: Beautiful park looming almost 800 feet over Austin.
  6. Barton Creek-Fazio Canyons Golf Course: This 7,161-yard, par-72 layout course boasts the signature of Tom Fazio, the legendary golf designer, and is considered to be one of the best in Texas.
  7. University of Texas at Austin: Founded in 1883, this university is steeped in history.
  8. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum: This famous museum explores the life and service of the former president through exhibits and memorabilia.
  9. Governor's Mansion: Visitors to Austin can take guided tours of the state governor's residence.
  10. Driskill Hotel: Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, it stands as a landmark of Texas hospitality. Austin's legendary luxury hotel occupies a dynamic site in the city's business district, convenient to the capitol building, convention center, entertainment district and other key destinations.
Top 5 Things To See: 
  1. Congress Avenue Bridge Bats: Shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats fly out at dusk, April to October.
  2. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Established by the former first lady and the late Helen Hayes to preserve native North American plants, this garden of wildflowers is set on 42 acres and open to the public for touring.
  3. Barton Springs Pool: Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants.
  4. State Capitol: A National Historic Landmark, the Texas Capitol is the largest state capitol in the United States.
  5. Treaty Oak: A 500-year old tree marking the boundary between Anglo and Indian territory.
5 Things to Do With Kids:
  1. Austin Children's Museum: Its exhibits and programs range from a unique "Austin Kiddie Limits" music set to interactive art experiences.
  2. Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train: Free ride for children on a miniature train that encircles Zilker Park.
  3. Austin Zoo: Lions and tigers and bears! Yes, Austin has a zoo. It's not huge but it's lots of fun for the whole family.
  4. Barton Creek Greenbelt: This is a popular area for hiking with 7.9 miles of trails following the path of Barton Creek. Depending on rainfall the creek offers many swimming holes. There are also popular rock climbing walls along the trails.
  5. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Occupying 1643.5 acres north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and its centerpiece, a 640 acre pink granite dome that rises 425 feet into the air, are a popular destination for both day trips from Austin and overnight camping.
Best Time of Year to Visit: The weather sometimes is unpredictable. 100 degree weather can range from May-Oct (with a few cool fronts  in Sept-Oct). Feb-April is usually the nicest weather.
5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
  1. Austin Lyric Opera: Founded in May 1986 as Austin’s first professional opera company, it has rapidly become a cultural touchstone for the fine arts community in the Central Texas Region and gained national-acclaim as a producer of great opera.
  2. Carlos'n Charlie's Bar: This is your Lake Travis headquarters for dining, drinks, and fun. Along with great food and drinks they offer live music.
  3. Coyote Ugly: Come visit the most famous bar in the United States. Coyote Ugly is located on historic 6th street.
  4. Cap City Comedy: Enjoy a night of laughter with these top notch comedians!
  5. State Theatre Company: Housed in the 400-seat historic State Theatre, Live Oak Theatre offers professional productions of the best in classic and contemporary plays, with a commitment to the development of new works.
5 Great Restaurants:
  1. Aquarelle: One of Austin's best restaurants, Aquarelle is ideal for a leisurely gourmet meal in elegant surroundings. In fact, you can easily linger two and a half to three hours over dinner.
  2. Café at the Four Seasons: Simply elegant is how you'll regard this lauded restaurant's European cuisine with Southwestern flair, masterly prepared. It's a certain place for power dinners and is often frequented by movie stars, politicians, and Austin's movers and shakers. As a bonus, the dining room affords patrons an excellent view of Austin's annual summer bat flight at the Congress Street bridge.
  3. Fonda San Miguel: The decor transports you to an Old World Mexican hacienda. The beautiful courtyard is alive with flora and splashing water. Authentic interior Mexican cuisine is the draw, and traditional Yucatecan and Veracruzano dishes are deliciously savory.
  4. Jeffrey's: Located in a restored house in the Clarksville area of town, Jeffrey's offers an art-infused setting. Founded by three UT graduates in the 1960s, it delivers a fusion of tastes from around the world, including local Southwestern flavors.
  5. South Congress Avenue: Austin has several very good, upscale Italian restaurants, and Vespaio is right at the top of the list. The garden out back provides a bounty of heirloom tomatoes that are showcased in dishes.
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