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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Zilker Park is where ACL happens, where a great Zilker Christmas Light Show is, where the Stevie Ray Vaughn bronze is. Close enough to Casa Willow and Holly Neighborhood. Google what is happening at Zilker when you come.”
  • 814 locals recommend
Pool
“65 degree temperature all year round whether you want to swim or sit by the water and admire the view it is an absolute MUST SEE. Some interesting history: Long before Barton Springs Pool was built, the springs were considered sacred and were used for purification rituals by the Tonkawa Native American tribe who inhabited the area. Spanish explorers first found the springs in the 17th century, and around 1730 erected temporary missions at the site (later moving to San Antonio). In 1837, soon after incorporation of the city of Austin, William ("Uncle Billy") Barton, the springs' namesake, settled the area. Barton named the three separate springs after his three daughters: Parthenia, Eliza, and Zenobia. He, and subsequent owners of the property, recognized its value as a tourist attraction, and promoted it vigorously, thus leading to the swimming hole's lasting popularity. This also insured that the spring would be open to all visitors and be protected from any development.”
  • 975 locals recommend
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.”
  • 445 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Texas Monthly denotes Franklins as "Serving the best BBQ in the Universe." Franklin's is only open Tues-Sun from 11am til the sell out. Which is usually pretty quickly. I suggest arriving a couple hours before opening. There will also be others waiting for it to open. Bring a chair, bring a beer, chat with some new friends and then experience the best BBQ known to man.”
  • 453 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“Best movie theaters ever, all locations great! Come hungry and thirsty, buy tickets online ”
  • 434 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“3.8 miles. A great place to stop and grab a slice of pizza in the heart of South Congress Neighborhood. ~3 miles from Farmhouse”
  • 323 locals recommend
Mountain
“Climb some stairs for a top view of the river and some fancy houses and pictures!”
  • 391 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“1950's style hippy hour and a cool next-door upstairs club/living room setting for music and there is shop walking all around here”
  • 410 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Several popular downtown restaurants have opened north locations in the Domain. Great pedestrian strolling venue. Lively in the evenings. ”
  • 305 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“The queso is bomb! But there’s honestly no wrong choice you can make at this place. Indulge! ”
  • 351 locals recommend
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”
  • 329 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“3.8 miles. These burgers are amazing! The Llano poblano and the magic mushroom are two favorites of mine. They have gluten free buns! ”
  • 291 locals recommend
History Museum
“This attraction will help you check the required museum off your to-do list. It's also close to Univ of Texas (across the street) which is excellent for people watching.”
  • 233 locals recommend
River
“A must-do, this famous lake is home to a wide variety of outdoors activities. Pro tip: rent a kayak, paddle board, canoe or boat around sunset time to watch 1.5+ Million bats go out from under the South Congress bridge! You may also make a reservation at a bat sightseeing boat which includes a guided tour. ”
  • 366 locals recommend
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Art Museum
“For the art lovers! A beautiful art museum to spend some time at in Downtown Austin.”
  • 230 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“4 miles. A great dive bar/ honkey tonk with live country music and a hip upbeat vibe.”
  • 333 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“Texas Monthly denotes Franklins as "Serving the best BBQ in the Universe." Franklin's is only open Tues-Sun from 11am til the sell out. Which is usually pretty quickly. I suggest arriving a couple hours before opening. There will also be others waiting for it to open. Bring a chair, bring a beer, chat with some new friends and then experience the best BBQ known to man.”
  • 453 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Best movie theaters ever, all locations great! Come hungry and thirsty, buy tickets online ”
  • 434 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“3.8 miles. A great place to stop and grab a slice of pizza in the heart of South Congress Neighborhood. ~3 miles from Farmhouse”
  • 323 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“The queso is bomb! But there’s honestly no wrong choice you can make at this place. Indulge! ”
  • 351 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“3.8 miles. These burgers are amazing! The Llano poblano and the magic mushroom are two favorites of mine. They have gluten free buns! ”
  • 291 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Uchi is our favorite sushi restaurant. We'd highly recommend going for happy hour that starts at 5pm, but get there at 4:45pm to secure your spot! Otherwise, don't forget to make a reservation, this place is hopping!”
  • 299 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Amazing French food and cocktails. On the pricey side, great for date night! ”
  • 282 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“this is a local favorite for tourists. you don't go for the food you go for that expansive view of Lake Travis at sunset. Stay for music and live entertainment and dancing. ”
  • 191 locals recommend

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