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Best things to do in Austin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Outdoor Event Space
“One of the favorite spots to read a book, ride a bike, walk your dog or just chill around”
812local recommendations
Pool
“The most important historic swimming hole in Texas. Icy cold water. Quintessential old school Austin.”
956local recommendations
Capitol Building
“The pink-granite building is the centerpiece of downtown Austin, perched on a hill at 12th Street and Congress Avenue. Free guided tours are held daily, starting in the South Foyer, but brochures are also available on the first floor for self-guided tours. The Texas Legislature meets every two years, so you’ll have to check the schedule if you want to see an actual session in progress.”
445local recommendations
BBQ Joint
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“If you don't mind to wake up early and wait in a large line, you have to go to Franklin Barbecue, which is definitely the best!”
441local recommendations
Movie Theater
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“Enjoy non-traditional movie fare served at your seat while you watch a movie. They have current, popular titles as well as classics and indie. ”
438local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“Free parking available makes it convenient for shopping and dining. Food trucks, fine dining and casual restaurants, popular for happy hour.”
290local recommendations
Pizza Place
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“Voted best pizza in Austin many times. The location off of 53rd is our fave. NY style pizza with the best sandwiches on all of Austin. Seriously, try the turkey sub. ”
327local recommendations
Mountain
“Bring comfortable shoes to walk up the top of the trail. Short hike to the top with views of the colorado river and the mansions built along the shore.”
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Rock Club
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“In the heart of South Congress, The Continental Club is still one of the best spots to see live music around Austin, 7 nights a week. There's also the Continental Gallery just upstairs that also has music happening. You can't lose! ”
399local recommendations
Burger Joint
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“This is one of the best burger places in the city of Austin on one of the best streets for shops, food and music. ”
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Pizza Place
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“The supplemmetn street to 6th St. Its a newer area with bars next to each other. most having live music and all in a 2 block area. Also worth going there at night”
332local recommendations
History Museum
“Between the state capitol and UT-Austin. Go if it's too hot outside, or go for the IMAX films.”
232local recommendations
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“It might be more crowded than it ever was before, but I still love it and it still represents a bit of old Austin. Delicious and very reasonably priced vegetarian food. Breakfast and lunch. ”
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Lake
“A must to do is walk through the trails, rent a kayak, boat or paddleboard to tour the lake. This is one of the favorite spots for locals and tourists.”
353local recommendations
Japanese Restaurant
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“is my favorite sushi place on the planet. They charge for it...but it's worth every penny. I'd definitely make a reservation if this is your jam. (They do a great happy hour from 5-6, but you have to get their early, or make a reservation to get a seat)”
301local recommendations
Art Museum
“Great art space with easy parking at the UT campus and directly across the street from the Bullock Texas History Museum.”
230local recommendations