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Top things to do in Austin, Texas

So, you’re planning a trip to Austin, Texas? Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned visitor, it’s no secret there are many things to keep Austin visitors and locals entertained. We have compiled a list of top things to do in Austin to help maximize your fun in the capital.

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Texas State Capitol Building

This one is a no-brainer. If you’re going to be in Austin, you should make this activity a priority. Capitol building tours are free and typically last thirty minutes, so it won’t take up your whole day. Tour guides are knowledgeable and will share the rich history of the building, Texas and the legislature.

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Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Located in central Austin, Lady Bird Lake has trails along the water that is perfect for biking or walking. If you have a dog, or five, bring them along to play in the dog park! Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available if watersports are more of your style. If you’re into the outdoors, you won’t want to miss this stop.

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Museum

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Museum

Here’s one for the history buff. Located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, LBJ Presidential Library features multiple political themed permanent exhibits and is one of fourteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Tickets are affordable and free on certain patriotic holidays, like Memorial Day and Independence Day.

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Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

Calling all Robert Redford fans! If you’d like to swim in the waters this famous actor learned to swim in, you’re in luck. This three-acre pool is fed from underground springs and averages a temperature of 68 to 70 degrees year round. The pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. but only offers guarded swim from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fees vary, but are inexpensive and definitely worth it for a day filled with water and sun!

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Graffiti Park at Castle Hills (Hope Outdoor Gallery)

Graffiti Park at Castle Hills (Hope Outdoor Gallery)

Don’t worry, art lovers! We didn’t forget about you. The Hope Outdoor Gallery is one of the largest outdoor galleries in the United States and features a colorful display of mixed media on concrete. The park was designed to provide community artists of all kinds the opportunity to display large-scale art inspired by positive and educational messaging.

Graffiti Park is moving to Carson Creek Ranch in 2018. Check out the full article HERE.

 

The Driskill Hotel

The Driskill Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, The Driskill Hotel has “set the standard for elegance in Austin, Texas.” Built in 1886, this landmark offers a central location for many hot spots in the capital city and doubles as an event center. The hotel offers a rich history with modern amenities, including pet-friendly accommodations. Even if you don’t stay here, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin, Texas is often referred to as the live music capital of the world and the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival is one of the reasons for that stout reputation. ACL is an annual event that features more than 140 bands over two weekends. And, it’s not just about the music! ACL brings in food trucks, an art market, merchandise vendors and much more. While this “top thing to do” requires more planning and money than others in this list, the experience is unforgettable.

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South Congress Avenue (SoCo)

South Congress Avenue (SoCo)

South Congress Avenue, or “SoCo” as it’s better known, is a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike. This iconic street features boutiques, bars, eateries, galleries and live music venues, perfect for a group outing. Every first Thursday is the SoCo block party, where the street stays open late and so do the patrons. Don’t forget to pick up a pair of authentic cowboy boots!

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