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  • 1

    Barton Springs Pool

    4.5
    143 reviews

    If you find the Texas heat a bit too much, dive in. It's one of Austin's most popular destinations, and with good reason. Even a half hour in this cold-as-can-be water and you'll feel cool for hours. Chilled to the bone. Plus, it's a great place to soak in Austin's culture and fitness kings and queens. At $3 a person, ...

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesLocal
  • 2

    Zilker Park

    4.5
    108 reviews

    Great place to fly kite, watch a Rugby game, have a picnic or go to Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

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  • 3

    Texas State Capitol

    4.5
    111 reviews

    Built from locally-quarried pink limestone in the 1800s, this place is a totally impressive piece of architecture, especially from the inside. The office space, at various times, of giants and heroes, rogues, scoundrels, poets, and many a good and bad politician (and moi, at one time), it has deservedly earned, for its goings-on during legislative sessions, both the tag, "The ...

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
  • 4

    Bats Underneath Congress Bridge

    4.5
    61 reviews

    If the time is right - this is like a scene from National Geographic with thousands of bats swarming out of the bridge during dusk. http://www.yelp.com/biz/bats-under-the-congress-avenue-bridge-austin

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  • 5

    6th Street

    4.5
    62 reviews

    6th Street is not for me but here's what I can tell you. It's great fun to walk down the street, see the action and take in all the old buildings. If you like music and drink variety and watching people in bars and all over the streets, check it out at night! The Alamo Ritz downtown is pretty fun... ...

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  • 6

    South Congress Avenue

    5
    49 reviews

    SoCo is beautiful AND trendy. You'll find all sorts of shops, restaurants, and unique places down SoCo. It's an iconic place for Austinites, so it's a must if you're visiting.

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  • 7

    SXSW

    5
    47 reviews

    SXSW Music is week my Christmas. Live music spilling into Austin's downtown streets packed with a beautifully diverse Austin-loving crowd from sun up to late night. Amusement, food, fun and weird all wrapped in a cornucopia of live music representing diverse genres and geographical regions. What is not to love?? Oh yeah, and you can have it for FREE! I ...

    Popular withLocalNightlifeTrendsters
  • 8

    Austin City Limits Music Festival

    5
    43 reviews

    careful in the case it rains - bring rain boots r a poncho :) this is a well-organized festival. such a great time in a great city.

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  • 9

    University of Texas at Austin

    4.5
    47 reviews

    Austinites love their longhorns! I don't really know how to rate the tours, but if you want to visit, I recommend going for it!

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  • 10

    Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail Head

    5
    41 reviews

    Great for anything! Walking, running, biking, walking the dogs, or sitting on benches to take in the picturesque view of Town Lake and the Austin skyline. I love it!

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesWellness
  • 11

    Continental Club

    4.5
    39 reviews

    So I am a little embarassed that it has taken me so many years to finally make it out to this place and when I did, it was on a random whim but well worth it. This place is iconic South Congress and has a whole lot of history behind it. While the demographic is definitely geared to an older, ...

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  • 12

    Alamo Drafthouse Austin: Downtown

    4.5
    38 reviews

    Our local theater chain with full food/alcohol menu (served at your seat), diverse programming, and fun special events.

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  • 13

    Amy's Ice Creams

    4.5
    36 reviews

    Richest ice cream I have ever tasted. The Mexican Vanilla is a classic. Definitely the best local parlor for ice cream and thankfully there are lots of locations around town. Plus, you can get pints at the airport packed in dry ice! I like to stay simple with one flavor in a sugar cone, but ordering crush ins is worth ...

    Popular withFamiliesLocalFoodies
  • 14

    Mount Bonnell

    4.5
    34 reviews

    100 steps to a panoramic view of Lake Austin, the City and the Pennybacker bridge. This is the highest point in Austin.

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  • 15

    Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

    5
    29 reviews

    Great venue for concerts!

    Popular withLocalNightlifeTrendsters
  • 16

    Broken Spoke

    4.5
    28 reviews

    The Broken Spoke, a South Austin icon since 1964, is the best place in town to get Austin's real Lone Star culture. The rustic dancehall (open Tues.- Sat.), now surrounded by South Lamar's modern high-rise condos and mixed-use developments, is the most famous honky-tonk in town, attracting a diverse crowd, from lifelong regulars and silver-haired aficionados to hipsters and tourists. ...

    Popular withLocalNightlifeBudget
  • 17

    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

    4.5
    29 reviews

    We went to the Tate history museum full of energy, but left a bit disillusioned. When we got into the museum, they were remodeling the entrance for a party that was to be held in the museum. That meant we couldn't enter normally.The ground floor is only interesting if you want to know about Indians battling Spaniards. I found it ...

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
  • 18

    Austin Convention Center

    4
    32 reviews

    Here for a convention? Enjoy a house instead of the same ole hotel room. Just down the street.

    Popular withBusinessLocalTrendsters
  • 19

    Violet Crown Cinema

    4.5
    24 reviews

    This downtown art-house cinema features independent and select mainstream film. Theaters are small and comfortable and the advance-booking option means you are guaranteed a seat of your choosing (but can make coordinating with groups a bit of a pain). The cocktails do not disappoint even my snootiest if "mixologist" friends and the small, chef-designed menu sits aside the traditional popcorn ...

    Popular withLuxuryLocalTrendsters
  • 20

    Zilker Botanical Garden

    4.5
    24 reviews

    I don't go often but hear it's fabulous!!

    Popular withOutdoorGreenSpiritual
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