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    Barton Springs Pool

    2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746-5736
    4.5
    142 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, ...

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    Bats Underneath Congress Bridge

    100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-4020
    4.5
    61 reviews

    Stand on the Congress bridge before sunset between March - early November and experience the 1.5 million bats that stream out from under the bridge and down the river. It's the largest bat colony in South America and really is incredible to watch. The bats don't come towards onlookers, so don't be afraid!

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    Texas State Capitol

    1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    4.5
    111 reviews

    There is so much to do here. The grounds are great to walk on/around or picnic on or read a bit of history. You can almost always find parking very near the area, even though it's in the middle of downtown. I love that the capitol is free to get in, so it's always a great place to take visitors. ...

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  • 4

    Zilker Park

    2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746
    4.5
    107 reviews

    Beautiful 350 acre park in the center of the city. Kayak and canoe rentals just north of Barton Springs pool

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  • 5

    Mount Bonnell

    3800 Mount Bonnell Drive, Austin, TX 78731
    4.5
    34 reviews

    I've taken almost everyone of my friends here. Its history, big views of the Colorado River and iconic 360 bridge make it a must-hit spot of many city tours. It's a short drive from downtown. You can ascend the hundred or so yards of steps fairly quickly and chill out at the top, soaking in views of the hills and ...

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  • 6

    Lady Bird Lake Trail

    Lady Bird Lake Trail, Austin, TX
    5
    12 reviews

    This lake and trail was a major project and focus of the former United States First Lady Lady Bird Johnson as a beautification preservation effort. Now you can enjoy the lake that runs through downtown and has a nature trail that goes all the way around it.

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  • 7

    Houston Holocaust Museum

    5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX, United States
    5
    7 reviews

    A very educational experience. The Houston Holocaust Museum is one of my favorite places to visit while walking around the museum district. The museum covers what you learned about the holocaust in school while also teaching more and more with every visit you take. I would not recommend this for families with small children, but would recommend it if your ...

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  • 8

    Padre Island National Seashore

    PO BOX 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480
    4.5
    17 reviews

    Padre Island National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier islands in the world. Interestingly, five of the world's seven species of sea turtle's nest here.

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  • 9

    Sea Turtle Inc.

    6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597
    5
    34 reviews

    A lot of fun for kids of all ages (including those who are simply kids at heart!), very educational and interesting.

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  • 10

    Menil Collection

    1515 Sul Ross Street Houston, TX 77006
    4.5
    12 reviews

    A stunning free collection. Be sure to check out the bookstore across the street too!

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    Congress Avenue Bridge

    South Congress Ave, Austin, Texas
    5
    13 reviews

    Home to more than a million Mexican Free-tail bats, Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge provides a picturesque landmark with great views of the Capitol, the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake), downtown and all those bats, which emerge at dusk each day in a stream that baffles many visitors. That faint smell? It's guano - bat droppings. But don't let it scare ...

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  • 12

    Hamilton Pool Preserve

    24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
    5
    11 reviews

    Hamilton Pool is an awesome place to go walk and swim. It is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, it gets a little crowded on pretty days... It's really no longer a "best kept" secret.

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  • 13

    Roberts Point Park

    Port Aransas, TX, United States
    5
    7 reviews

    Great views from this park. Fishing, picnic tables, horshoe pits, bocce court, dolphin watching and a playground for the kids. This is a great place to spend the day.

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  • 14

    Barton Creek Greenbelt West

    3753 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX
    5
    15 reviews

    With dedicated parking just north of Loop 360, east of MoPac, this nature and trail system is perhaps the premier place for Austin's hikers and bikers. Along its seven miles of hike and bike trails, you'll find 100-foot limestone cliffs frequented by climbers, big boulders and plenty of space for a secluded picnic. It has mellow-enough trails for beginning mountain ...

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  • 15

    Lake Travis

    Lakeway, Texas
    4.5
    6 reviews

    It's quintessential Austin. Whether you come by boat or by car, a day on the lake doesn't suck. Bring some music, good friends and a groovy frame of mind. Don't forget the sunscreen.

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    Miller Outdoor Theatre

    100 Concert Drive, Houston, TX 77030-1702
    4
    10 reviews

    Don't miss the free performances during the summer. Shakespeare in the park, the Houston Ballet, and the Houston Opera all grace the ampitheatre stage, while families, lovers, and students picnic on the hill. Such fun!

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  • 17

    6th Street

    4.5
    62 reviews

    A rowdy Texas free for all in the heart of Austin's entertainment district. From punk to country and everything in between, 6th St. has got a venue for just about everybody. During SXSW (South by SouthWest), there's a free showcase here where you're likely to see for free the likes of Iggy Pop.

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  • 18

    Deep Eddy Pool

    401 Deep Eddy Avenue, Austin, TX 78703
    5
    6 reviews

    This is a cold spring-fed swimming pool with a deep lap lane section and shallow section for kids and wading. Located right downtown, it's a great place for the family to cool off or to get some laps in.

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  • 19

    Big Stacy Neighborhood Park

    700 E Live Oak St, Austin, TX, United States
    4.5
    5 reviews

    This is a centrally located, year-round outdoor swimming pool that is absolutely free. It can get a little crowded on hot days so come a early, if you're tight on time, to enjoy this local favorite.

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  • 20

    Fitzgerald's

    2706 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX
    4.5
    5 reviews

    We've been catching concerts at Fitzgeralds since our fake I.D. days. Their lineups are diverse, exciting, and usually affordable. This is a Houston music venue for those "in the know."

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