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Best Things To Do in Austin

Austin's attractions cater to all ages. With an abundance of green space, active travelers can bike in Zilker Park and swim in Barton Springs Pool before an evening of bat-watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. If you find yourself waking up to a rainy day, stay dry in one of Austin's top-notch museums like the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum or the Blanton Museum of Art. Just make sure you save some energy for an evening of live music at a bar or club on 6th Street.

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#1
6th Street Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: A trip to the "Live Music Capital of the World" wouldn't be complete without discovering some of Austin's ... read more»

#2
Austin Bats Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: According to experts, Austin is home to the largest urban bat population in North America. Every spring, bats migrate from ... read more»

#3
Zilker Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting across the river from Downtown Austin, this beloved 347-acre park buoys Austin's reputation as one of the most ... read more»

#4
Blanton Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sheltered by the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art a must-see for any art enthusiast. Formerly known ... read more»

#5
Esther's Follies
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Even if you aren't in the mood for live music, head down to 6th Street to get your laugh ... read more»

#6
Mexic-Arte Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Perched along Congress Avenue, just a couple blocks south of the Driskill Hotel, the Mexic-Arte Museum is devoted to the ... read more»

#7
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Named for its creator, Claudia Alta "Lady Bird Johnson" (wife of President Lyndon B Johnson), this center is a great ... read more»

#8
State Capitol Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Standing stoically in the heart of central Austin is Texas' legislative center, the State Capitol. Constructed in 1888, this pink-granite ... read more»

#9
Barton Springs Pool
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nestled in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is a favorite locale among visitors and residents alike. Native American settlers once ... read more»

#10
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Named for Texas's 38th lieutenant governor, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum explores the Lone Star State's ... read more»

#11
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: While the thought of visiting a presidential library may sound like a bore, this one is an exception. Dedicated to ... read more»

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