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Things to do in Austin

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The top 40 attractions in Austin

Streets in Austin
6th Street
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If you bump into three, four or ten people carrying musical instruments on the street, it is because from about eight in the evening, most of the bars in the area, offer live music. You can go walking and poking your nose in or putting your ear to see what catches your eye and then stay. In summer with some warm weather also take the opportunity for outdoor performances.
Lakes in Austin
Lake Travis
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Lake Travis is a huge reservoir that has both a practical and a recreational purpose. It generates electricity, provides a water supply and flood control, and it also used for water sports. To enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset over the water, take a break in the complex of bars and restaurants nearby. We wanted a bit of Texas style, so we ordered nachos and margaritas! As a useful tip, always take your ID card with you as bars are very strict about checking for ID.
Historical Monuments in Austin
Texas State Capitol
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The Capitol of Texas in Austin is beautiful inside and out. Stunning landscaping outside and an impressive rotunda and dome inside. Makes this Texan proud!
Of Touristic Interest in Austin
University of Texas
North of the city, it's worth taking a stroll down the side of the campus of the University of Texas. The huge buildings, sports stadiums, fraternities, sororities, etc, are all nice to see. And don't miss the store selling objects branded with the classic "Texas longhorn", a white bull's head on an orange background. From T-shirts to bow ties to bottle openers, you'll find plenty of souvenirs here!
Sports-Related in Austin
Austin Marathon
Austin is one of the top ten cities to live in America, with its university giving a nice cultural touch in addition to the museums. Each year the marathon and half marathon take place, beginning and ending at the Capitol. The route is quite hilly, and it is a well-organized event with onlookers lining the streets to cheer the runners on.
Shops in Austin
Allens Boots
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Allen's Boots is a landmark on South Congress in Austin, TX. It's a true testament to Texas coyboy-dom, where you can find everything from a sturdy pair of shit-kickers to $2,000 crocodile boots to extravagant rhinestone numbers with an embroidered Virgen de la Guadelupe. Warning to boot fans: entering Allen's Boots can cause severe bouts of boot-lust and envy. It's suggest taking a stroll down South Congress, checking out Allen's and some of the vintage stores along the way, then grabbing an avocado margarita and some tacos and any of the Mexican joints.
Museums in Austin
O. Henry Museum
In Austin, Minnesota, the Museum O. Henry offers a wide display of pieces collected in relation to William Sydney Porter. You can see books, personal items, manuscripts, photographs, objects, furniture and decorative art pieces and a collection of short stories, belonging to O. Henry. The exhibition includes Gillman Hall collection of cards.
Museums in Austin
Texas Governor's Mansion
This nonprofit corporation was set up in 1979 to support and enhance the Texas Governor's Mansion. In August 2009, more than a year after the fire, the building is stabilized and has a temporary roof to protect it. Friends of the Governor's Mansion fully supports restoration efforts run by the State Preservation Board.
Historical Monuments in Austin
Pennybacker Bridge
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The urban setting in downtown Austin isn't the only place to explore in the city serving as the Capitol of Texas. Austin residents and visitors alike take the Hill Country drive to Pennybacker Bridge and make the climb up the rocks to capture the scenic view of Lake Austin.
Shops in Austin
Barnes and noble
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Barnes and Noble is by far one of the largest chains of bookstores in America. If you like reading, you're sure to love it. The aisles are long and wide, completely full of books, and there are nooks and spaces with sofas for you to sit down and read. There are also CDs, DVDs and educational toys. You can easily spend hours here without getting bored.
Of Touristic Interest in Austin
Mount Bonell Park
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Beautiful view.
Museums in Austin
The Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art is the art museum and research center for the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. This is one of the most important museums in the U.S.A., and it's home to some impressive displays of paintings and permanent exhibitions. Besides being a museum, the center serves as a research laboratory for innovative students. Its permanent collection shows the history of Western civilization through over 17,000 works of art from Europe, the U.S. and Latin America.
Museums in Austin
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
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The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (Austin) was acquired in 1954 by a department of the army and was opened in May 1965. The park is located along the eastern shore of West Lake Whitney of Hillsboro, County of Hidalgo, near the ruins of Towas. Possible activities include camping, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, diving, water skiing and excellent bird watching.
Museums in Austin
Texas Military Forces Museum
Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin is a non-profit museum and an archival collection dedicated to the men and women who have served in the military forces of Texas. The story begins with the War of Independence of Texas and continues through every major conflict. There are separate galleries which include the history of the National Guard, the story of the 36th Infantry Division and the Lost Battalion, as well as displays of airships, weapons, equipment and vehicles, including airplanes, helicopters and artillery pieces.
Museums in Austin
Texas Historical Foundation
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Since 1954, the Texas Historical Foundation has published the stories of the city and the people who have helped to fund the projects and to preserve the buildings and culture of Texas. The Texas Historical Foundation is one of the groups that receives no state or federal funds. Today it opens its doors to the public to educate all curious visitors about the culture and history of the state of Texas.
Museums in Austin
Texas Historical Commission
The Texas Historical Commission (Austin) is the state agency for historical preservation. The agency is nationally recognized for its conservation programs. It consists of 17 members appointed by the governor. It employs about 100 people from various fields, including archaeology, architecture, history, economic development, cultural tourism, public administration and urban planning.
Museums in Austin
Texas Folklife Resources
The Texas Folklife Resources (Austin) has exhibition of Texas Folklife. Opened at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Collaborates with the University of Texas at Brownsville in a weekend of Big Squeeze. He had a large turnout among lovers of accordion music that included many of the young accordion players.
Stadiums in Austin
Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of the Americas or CoTA is a Formula One track near Austin. The 3.427 mile track is the host to the F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
Activities in Austin
Civitatis
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The best things to do in Austin

Halfway between Houston and San Antonio, the city of Austin is one of the most populated urban centers in North America and is the state capital of Texas. The main places to visit in Austin revolve around its enviable natural environment, varied cultural offerings and high standard of living. To begin your visit, one of the main attractions in Austin is the Texas Capitol, the building that hosts the state's government and legislature, as well as the governor's office. It's possible to have a free guided visit of this impressive building. Around Lady Bird Lake is where a lot of
Austin activities take place. You can continue your tour of
Austin attractions by visiting
Zilker Park, a nature reserve in the town center and one of the best things to see in Austin. Enjoying the
relaxed atmosphere of the port on Lake Austin should definitely be on your list of what to do in Austin. In the center of town, there are numerous museums and very interesting stuff to do in
Austin. Among the most famous are the Umlauf
Sculpture Garden & Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum or the Elisabet Ney Museum. There are many religious buildings to see in Austin, like St. Mary's Cathedral, which is the most important of them all. The city's aquarium and zoo are great to visit if you're traveling with little ones. The whole family will love this immense space. There are many things to do in Austin and the surrounding area, come and enjoy this wonderful city!