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Best things to do in Austin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Outdoor Event Space
“This is Zilker Park! Zilker park is a massive park just south of downtown. Great place for dogs, families, makeshift sporting events (frisbee, volleyball, yoga etc.). This is also where ACL music festival is held - there's a great view of the downtown skyline pretty much from any place on the ACL side of the park!”
804 locals recommend
Pool
“If you’re hot, go here!! Natural spring water stays 67 degrees Fahrenheit year-round in this naturally fed pool (so its VERY refreshing in the summer and steamy in the winter!). No food or drink is allowed (water is ok) or music so it is very serene and everyone is respectful of each other’s space. ”
952 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas.”
442 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“This is the world's best BBQ hands down. But you will pay the price to get it since the lines are VERY long and you will need to be there by 7 am from what I hear. Pro Tip: You can order it online far in advance and pick it up without the wait. But you must order FAR in advance. ”
443 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
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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. ”
429 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“One of the oldest music clubs in town, and arguably one of the most famous, Continental Club hosts local musicians of all genres, and you may even find a surprise intimate show from national artists during festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits. ”
394 locals recommend
Lake
“Want to get outside and go for a walk? Check out town lake! Go for a short or long walk (the full loop is 12 miles) but you can make it as short or long as you want. Catch some fresh air and walk through the center of the city at the same time!”
355 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“DELICIOUS pizza. You can order a whole pie or by the slice (when available). Homeslice is located on South Congress right in the heart of boutique shopping, so they can get pretty busy depending on the time of day. If there’s a wait, grab an open spot at the bar to watch pizza being made while you eat or head next door to “More Homeslice” for fast window service. ”
315 locals recommend
Mountain
“Hike up to get a great view of Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge. Sunrise, sunset, or the middle of the day.....you can't beat this view”
371 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“*Huge* outdoor shopping mall with stores from H&M to Louis Vitton. Plenty of restaurants.”
294 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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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”
329 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Great burgers right in the thick of the action in SoCo. Get there early, there are lines during prime time.”
289 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“One of our favorite places in town that helps “keep Austin weird”. Vegetarian, but is so flavorful you don’t miss the meat! Serves breakfast all day, great brunch on weekends, coffee bar, dog-friendly patio, and quick takeout. Often has a wait for weekend brunch so plan ahead ”
342 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you are interested in Texas history, this is w really cool museum. It also has an IMAX theater that shows cool documentaries and feature films.”
231 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Best sushi in town!! A bit higher end so perfect for date night but also has a GREAT happy hour deal. Check their website for details. ”
296 locals recommend
Art Museum
“In January 2015, Ellsworth Kelly gifted the Blanton a design concept for his most monumental work: the first and only building the artist designed, as well as the last project before his death in December 2015. The stained glass in this building is super cool! One of Austin’s better museums. ”
228 locals recommend