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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.

“Get out of the heat at Barton Springs Pool, which is really just a natural spring from the Barton Creek. It's a steady 65 degrees, which feels amazing when it's 100 degrees out. There is a pool lift, and ramps to get down the hill. Wear water shoes, as the rock bottom can feel slimy.”
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Outdoor Event Space
“Austinites love Zilker Park and people always go there to enjoy the outdoors. Huge open fields allow for any kind of sport imaginable. From hiking trails, reserved camping grounds and even a disc golf course. Give yourself a break from that Netflix marathon and head to Zilker.”
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BBQ Joint
“Most well-known barbecue joint that has a notoriously lengthy line (last we checked, people were arriving as early as 6am!)”
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Movie Theater
“The best movie theater in the world according to big fans like Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, and Elijah Wood, plus the entire population of Austin basically. The Alamo serves food and beer during the film and dots their new release schedule with weird and wonderful revivals, quote-alongs of cult classics, and marathons like the Lord of the Rings feast or a screening of all eight Harry Potter movies.”
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Capitol Building
“You can walk through the Capitol, it's beautiful and so historic. 4.7 stars (2,123) · Historical landmark 1100 Congress Ave (512) 463-4630 The 1888 granite & marble structure has a significant rotunda & dome plus House & Senate chambers.”
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Pizza Place
“Small closed off street with lots of bars and restaurants just a 5 minute drive from the house. ”
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Pizza Place
“Best New York-style pizza in Austin conveniently located on South Congress.”
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Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Eco-friendly, bohemian cafe offering hearty meatless meals, coffee and a rotating monthly art show. 1900 S. 1st Street”
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Shopping Mall
“This outdoor shopping village is Austin's attempt at a cleaner, commercialized downtown outing. 100's of retail shops, as well as restaurants and bars - many of which are sister locations from their originals located downtown. Not the best representation of a true Austin experience, but close-by with lots of options. ”
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Burger Joint
“Great burgers. Fresh food locally sourced. Prepare to stand in line, but have an adult beverage while you do! ”
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Rock Club
“It's hard to imagine South Congress without the Continental Club there. For decades it's been the place to go to for down-home, authentic music. From the ever-present Dale Watson and his Lonestars to a weekly roster of local, regional and touring artists, Continental Club is one of the things that makes South Congress a destination for late-night entertainment. ”
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Japanese Restaurant
“Sushi plus creative hot & cold dishes from chef Tyson Cole in a stylish, sophisticated setting.”
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“Well know park with a lot to do. Borders downtown Austin. Beautiful place to walk and see the people of Austin. 4.6 Stars (147) Riverlike reservoir for kayaking & rowing, plus trails alongside for jogging & wildlife viewing.”
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Dive Bar
“Bar; teaches two stepping on Friday and Saturday nights and swing dancing on Wednesday nights; check website first”
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“The entire street of So CO is amazing and the heart of Austin with cafes' boutiques and wall murals painted by many locals ”
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“As the highest point in town, the view here is second to none. Peaceful with a short hike or walk up a long stairway.”
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