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Best things to do in Austin

Outdoor Event Space
“In addition to general-purpose lawns, sports fields, cross country courses, historical markers, concession stands and picnic areas, the park includes numerous public attractions. The Zilker Botanical Garden features several independently maintained gardens located near the center of the park and hosts the Zilker Gardens Festival every spring. The Austin Nature & Science Center offers ecological exhibits, nature hike trails, and children's educational programming. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden adjoins the southeast end of the park, displaying sculptural works by artist Charles Umlauf and others. The Zilker Hillside Theater hosts regular performances by local theatre companies, including free "Shakespeare in the Park" every May and an annual summer musical. Barton Springs Pool adjoins the park on the east, offering public swimming; other water activities are available in Barton Creek. The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center by Barton Springs Pool offers exhibits about the natural history of the Edwards Aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. Every winter the 155-foot (47 m) Zilker Holiday Tree is illuminated, along with a Trail of Lights display. The Zilker Zephyr 12 in (305 mm) gauge miniature railway carries passengers on a tour around the park. The park's amenities and wide open spaces allow it to host a variety of large events each year. Most notably, the Austin City Limits Music Festival fills the park for two weekends each fall with numerous live musical performances by prominent artists.”
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Pool
“Natural spring water swimming hole in downtown austin. Great place to cool off during the summer”
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Grill-Imbiss
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“Aaron Franklin put Austin barbecue on the map. If you are only here for the weekend, waiting in line for Franklin's barbecue will take up all your morning. Bring your own chairs and cooler full of drinks and arrive at 7:30AM and order pounds of your favorite smoked meats. You will probably be served by 11AM-12PM and then you will need to nap for a few hours. It is worth it if you are here for barbecue.”
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Capitol Building
“Completed in 1888, the State Capitol and its 22 acres of grounds and monuments are home to the office of the State Governor and the Chambers of the Texas Legislature. Protected as a National Historic Landmark, the building impresses with its dimensions; at 308 feet tall, it ranks as the sixth tallest state capitol, taller even than the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Visitors can stroll the park via the tree-lined path called the Great Walk and admire the numerous monuments, including the Texas African American History Memorial, the Vietnam War monument, a bronze statue of a Texas Ranger, and even a miniature Statue of Liberty that was presented in 1951 by the Boy Scouts of America. The Visitors Center is located on the grounds and features exhibits about the history of Austin and the state of Texas. Free tours of the Capitol Building are given daily, except holidays. Also of interest is the recently restored Texas Governor's Mansion, accessible via free guided tours (reservations required).”
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Kino
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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. ”
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Einkaufszentrum
“Better than the Best. Super European style shopping with the top restaurants, shops, walking casual outdoor refreshments. Nothing else like in in Austin. ”
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Pizzeria
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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. ”
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Pizzeria
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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”
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Mountain
“Of the many things to do outdoors in Austin, Mount Bonnell is one of the most popular with tourists because of its numerous photo-ops and proximity to the city center. The highest point in the city, it reaches 775 feet and provides views of downtown Austin and the 360 Bridge. It also looks out across the Colorado River and is the perfect place to take photos of Austin's skyline. Although the lookout deck and pavilion are at the top of 102-stairs, it is not a steep or strenuous climb. Pets are welcome on the path and on the observation deck, and many enjoy picnicking while admiring the view.”
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History Museum
“The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state's story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film. The museum's IMAX theater shows educational and popular new-release films. The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state's history, like the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. The museum also hosts many special events throughout the year, including children's activities and public presentations.”
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Rock-Klub
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“This is the original live music club of Austin. Local and touring acts appearing nightly.”
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Hamburger-Stand
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“w/ Veggie options. Best burger in town. Good variety. Try their Parmesan chz fries, salted caramel milk shake. Full service at the bar. The line goes much more quickly than it looks, but always slower than you'd like ;)”
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Vegetarisches / Veganes Restaurant
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“All Vegetarian with a complete Gluten Free Menu. Fantastic flavors and tasty treats, coffee, teas, breakfast, lunch & dinner. Local staple of the neighborhood - very ATX experience. I love the Veggie Royale, Neal Taco, & Dinner time Stir fry. Nice outdoor seating option.”
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Japanisches Restaurant
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“The key to enjoying the exquisite sushi and dishes at finer dining Japanese restaurant Uchi is partaking in its stellar happy hour, aka the sake social. That’s when the notable restaurant serves up discounted nigiri, hand rolls, and other fun bites (think grilled escolar and sticky rice cakes). Again, Uchi doesn’t take reservations for the sake social, and the restaurant tends to get filled up fast during happy hour (it’s clear why), so get there right at 5 p.m. and grab a table stat.”
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Kunstmuseum
“Great art space with easy parking at the UT campus and directly across the street from the Bullock Texas History Museum.”
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Lake
“Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River that covers 416 acres and has become one of the city's top recreational areas. Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists, including the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. The paths connect many of the city's parks, including Zilker Metropolitan Park, the Town Lake Metropolitan Park's Vic Mathias Shores, Lamar Beach, Butler Shores, Waller Beach, and Eilers Neighborhood Park. These trails also lead to popular tourist sites near the river, like the Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, Congress Avenue Bridge, the Long Center of Performing Arts, and the Barton Springs Municipal Pool. Motorized boats are prohibited, however on the north shore, the Texas Rowing Center provides kayak and canoe rentals and lessons, and on the lake's south shore in Zilker Park, the Rowing Dock offers rentals and instruction for paddle-boards, kayaks, and paddle-boats. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available for use on Barton Creek, which is within the park.”
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