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Austin in a Week

Destination(s): Austin

Spending a week in Austin and have no idea where to start? Get a thorough experience, complete with outdoor activities, local shopping and so much more. Don't be surprised if you end up looking at real estate while you're here! read more about Austin in a Week

Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin

Sol y La Luna (El)

Sol y La Luna (El)

  • 600 East Sixth Street
  • tel:+512 444 7770
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  • Austin, 78701
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

  • 4801 LaCrosse Ave
  • tel:+1 512 292 4200
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78620

What began as an inherent interest of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson turned into a thriving Austin attraction, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The public botanical garden introduces visitors to the beauty of wildflowers and other native plants and natural landscapes through experience and education. Stroll through the 16 unique gardens, the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden, the sprawling South Meadow or relax along the Erma Lowe Hill Country Stream. Knowledgeable docents teach inquisitive ones about the many roles of indigenous plants, as well as conservation techniques including fire ecology and native green roofs. For a more in-depth look at the former First Lady and her husband, visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas at Austin campus. read more about Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Star Seeds Cafe

Star Seeds Cafe

  • 3101 North I H 35
  • tel:+512 478 7107
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  • Austin, 78722
Magnolia Cafe

Magnolia Cafe

  • 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard
  • tel:+1 512 478 8645
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  • Austin, 78703-4546
Austin Zoo

Austin Zoo

  • 10807 Rawhide Trail
  • tel:+1 512 288 1490 / +1 800 291 1490
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  • Austin, 78709
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Kerbey Lane Cafe

  • 3704 Kerbey Lane
  • tel:+1 512 451 1436
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  • Austin, 78731
Manitas Avenue Cafe (Las)

Manitas Avenue Cafe (Las)

  • 211 Congress Avenue
  • tel:512 472 9357
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  • Austin, 78701-4021
Congress Avenue

Congress Avenue

  • Congress Avenue
  • (from 1st to 11th Streets)
  • tel:+1 800 926 2282
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  • Austin, 78701
Zilker Park

Zilker Park

  • 2100 Barton Springs Rd
  • tel:+1 512 477 8672
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  • Austin, 78746

Zilker Park, Austin's largest urban green space, takes up 351 acres along the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake with Barton Springs Road intercepting the park midway. Grassy fields harbor soccer matches, volleyball competitions and countless Frisbee tosses regularly while the Zilker Playground on the park's southern end, complete with the pint-sized passenger train deemed the Zilker Zephyr, entices Austin's youngest residents. Within the Zilker Park grounds, visitors will find Barton Springs Pool and the Zilker Botanical Garden, as well as seasonal events including the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the annual Kite Festival and the summer music series, Blues on the Green. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum rests along the park's eastern border. read more about Zilker Park

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

  • 21st and Guadalupe
  • University of Texas
  • tel:+1 512 471 8944
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  • Austin, 78713

Among the buildings on the 40-acre University of Texas campus is the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, a cultural hub for US, British and French literature. Though its development began in 1897 with the gift of a 10,000-volume library from Swedish book collector Swante Palm, the Center got its official start in 1958. To date, the free museum/research center holds 36 million pages of manuscripts, one million rare books, 5 million photographs and 100,000 works of art. Step into the lobby for a look at the historic Gutenberg Bible, as well as the first successful permanent photograph. These permanent displays share space in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center with an array of touring exhibitions. Also a part of the archive: Edgar Allan Poe's writing desk, Jack Kerouac's journal written in preparation for "On the Road," the personal libraries of Ezra Pound and much more. Other nearby museums include the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. read more about Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Austin Nature and Science Center

Austin Nature and Science Center

  • 301 Nature Center Drive
  • Zilker Park
  • tel:+1 512 327 8181
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  • Austin, 78746
Austin Pizza Garden

Austin Pizza Garden

  • 6266 Highway 290 W
  • tel:+1 512 891 9980
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  • Austin, 78735
Boggy Creek Farm

Boggy Creek Farm

  • 3414 Lyons Road
  • tel:+1 512 926 4650
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  • Austin, 78702
Austin Children's Museum

Austin Children's Museum

  • 201 Colorado St
  • Dell Discovery Center
  • tel:+1 512 472 2499
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78701

Local children and visiting tykes experience hands-on learning through fun, interactive exhibits at the Austin Children's Museum, located on the eastern edge of the hip Second Street District. The non-profit organization houses several permanent programs in its 12,500-square-foot space, including an Austin Kiddie Limits stage (modeled after the famed Austin City Limits) complete with TV monitors playing back performances, a fake but functional dairy cow and a tri-level construction zone, among others. Two to three touring exhibitions rotate through the Austin Children's Museum annually, providing an array of new learning opportunities. Creative camps and seasonal workshops as well as special programs fill the museum's calendar of events. read more about Austin Children's Museum

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

  • 1100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 463 0063
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78701

The Texas State Legislature meets only once every two years, so if the cavernous building seems oddly deserted, the legislature is probably not in session. Considered one of the nation's most distinguished state buildings, the Texas State Capitol, with its strong red granite facade and Renaissance Revival architectural style, sits regally on a hill overlooking Congress Avenue. Largest of all state capitols and only second in size to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Texas State Capitol anchors the north end of downtown, just four blocks south of the University of Texas at Austin campus. Free tours of the capitol building cover Texas history, fun facts about the 17 monuments on the 22-acre, park-like grounds, and information about the Texas legislature, or take the self-guided tour to explore at your own pace. You'll need to go through a quick security check at the entrance, including having your bags scanned by a metal detector. read more about Texas State Capitol

Shady Grove

Shady Grove

  • 1624 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+512 474 9991
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  • Austin, 78704
University of Texas Tower

University of Texas Tower

  • 2400 Inner Campus Drive
  • University of Texas Campus
  • tel:+1 512 475 6633
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78731

Soaring 28 stories and 307 feet into the sky above the University of Texas campus, the University of Texas Tower stands as a recognizable beacon in the Austin skyline. Since its debut in 1937, the prominent structure has served as the main building of the UT system as well as the school's easy-to-identify icon. Though the observation deck just below the clock tower remained closed for several years following the savage shooting spree of Charles Whitman in August 1966, visitors who take the official tour can enjoy sweeping views of the cityscape since its reopening in 1999. The Texas State Capitol, Mount Bonnell and other Austin landmarks are easily visible from this height. Usually illuminated white, the tower also celebrates the school's many achievements with a varied illumination strategy—most athletic victories see the tower white with a burnt orange cap, while the tower is draped fully in orange light for special occasions. read more about University of Texas Tower

Zocalo Café

Zocalo Café

  • 1110 West Lynn Street
  • tel:+512 472 8226
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  • Austin, 78703
Governor's Mansion of Texas

Governor's Mansion of Texas

  • 1010 Colorado St
  • tel:+1 512 474 9960
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  • Austin, 78701
Eastside Cafe

Eastside Cafe

  • 2113 Manor Road
  • tel:512 476 5858
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  • Austin, 78722-2437
Second Street District

Second Street District

Austin's city center holds more than commercial high-rises and government offices—urban lofts, sidewalk eateries and local boutiques abound, particularly in the Second Street District. Running from the Austin Children's Museum west to Ballet Austin, the area within this three-block radius provides an alternative shopping experience to the standard indoor mall. Trendy clothing, home décor and one-of-a-kind jewelry meld with healthy cafes, coffee shops, wine bars and tasteful restaurants like Cantina Laredo to create a retail oasis complete with downtown loft apartments nearby. Austin's green City Hall complex adds a stately element to the Second Street District, while another popular shopping area, South Congress Avenue, is just a few blocks south. read more about Second Street District

Silhouette

Silhouette

  • 718 Congress Avenue
  • tel:+512 478 8899
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  • Austin, 78701
Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

  • 2101 Barton Springs Road
  • Zilker Park
  • tel:512-867-3080
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78704

The water in Barton Springs swimming pool hovers around 68 degrees year-round, which means that it feels cool -- even cold -- in the heat of summer. It feels relatively warm in winter, though, and a few rugged souls swim there every morning, regardless of the weather. If you're more into lounging than exercise, there's a part of the massive pool dedicated to floats and floaters. On the hillsides surrounding the pool, you will see a snapshot of Austin culture. There's usually a group of twentysomethings kicking around a hacky-sack ball, a sixtyish man doing yoga, and (kid warning) a woman of indeterminate age without her top. Occasionally, a drum circle forms at the top of the hill. Guitars are almost as common as smart phones. On summer days when the temperature can soar above 100 degrees, this is the only reasonable place to be. read more about Barton Springs Pool

Milto's Pizza Pub

Milto's Pizza Pub

  • 2909 Guadalupe Street
  • tel:+1 512 476 1021
  • Austin, 78705-3721
Clarksville District

Clarksville District

  • Between West 10th and Mo-Pac Expressway
  • tel:+1 512 474 5171
  • Austin, 78703
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

  • 1800 N. Congress Avenue
  • tel:+1 512 936 8746
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78705

With a grand façade that includes a 35-foot-tall bronze star, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is hard to miss. The three-story museum, open since 2001, turns the varied history of the state into imaginative interactive exhibits for the enjoyment of all ages. Meet the state's first occupants on the first floor, hear Stephen F. Austin announce the Texas Revolution on the second and peruse the third level for an understanding of how opportunity has played a part in the making of the Lone Star State. Settled just south of the University of Texas campus, a stone's throw from the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art and a short walk from the Texas State Capitol, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum also features Austin's only IMAX theatre as well as the Spirit Theater, a 200-seat multimedia special effects theater with history-based shows. read more about Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

  • 3809 West 35th Street
  • tel:+1 512 458 8191 / +1 512 495 9224
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78767

Driving up the gated circular path to the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria is breathtaking. The stately Italian-style villa, once the home of historic Texas figure Clara Driscoll, perches on the banks of Lake Austin, showcasing a handful of AMOA's permanent collections within its three stories. The well-kept grounds include outdoor sculptures, an intimate stone amphitheater and the Art School, a small on-site facility offering hundreds of creative classes. Weddings, private parties and other celebrations frequently take advantage of the beautiful 12 acres, a site featured on city, state and national registries of historic places. Once the site of the original museum, the main Austin Museum of Art branch is now downtown, just steps from the Texas State Capitol. read more about Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo

  • 201 West Third Street
  • tel:+1 512 542 9670
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  • Austin, 78701
Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell

  • 3800 Mount Bonnell Road
  • tel:+1 512 499 6700
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78702

Known for its beautiful, unobstructed view of the Austin area since the mid-1800s, Mount Bonnell hosts family photos, sunset picnics and romantic marriage proposals on a regular basis. Visitors park at the base of the hill and work their way up nearly 100 stone steps to the wide open outcropping overlooking the southern side of the city and Lake Austin below. A short gravel trail leads slowly downhill and to the left, offering up quiet spots for personal reflection with a clear view of the massive Pennybacker Bridge. Peer left from Mount Bonnell to find the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus. read more about Mount Bonnell

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

  • 100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 478 0098
  • Austin, 78701

Though it may look like your average overpass, Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge houses one of Austin's natural wonders—the world's largest urban bat colony. From March through November, approximately 1.5 million bats consider this simple structure their summer home. The Mexican free-tailed bats take flight nightly at dusk, consuming nearly 20,000 pounds of insects with each evening meal. Just ten blocks south of the Texas State Capitol and a mile north of the popular South Congress Avenue shopping district, this fascinating sight draws thousands of intrigued watchers to both sides of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, as well as just below on the southeast bank of Lady Bird Lake (previously known as Town Lake.) Parking in the area can be cumbersome, so head down early with plenty of time to get in place for the spectacle. read more about Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

  • 2313 Red River
  • University of Texas
  • tel:+1 512 721 0200
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  • Austin, 78705
Antone's

Antone's

  • 213 West Fifth Street
  • tel:+512 320 8424
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  • Austin, 78701
Stubb's Barbecue

Stubb's Barbecue

  • 801 Red River Street
  • tel:+512 480 8341
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  • Austin, 78701
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Downtown

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Downtown

  • 310 East 6th Street
  • tel:+512 476 1320
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  • Austin, 78701
Zilker Botanical Garden

Zilker Botanical Garden

  • 2220 Barton Springs Rd
  • tel:+1 512 477 8672
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  • Austin, 78746

Located in the heart of Austin, the Zilker Botanical Garden provides a beautiful urban retreat amid 30 acres in the middle of Zilker Park. This free and year-round attraction encompasses seven different garden types—everything ranging from roses and herbs to butterfly-attracting plants and succulents. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates the environment that once existed on this land, including casts of dinosaur tracks found in 1992 that have since been reburied for preservation purposes. An authentic Japanese garden and teahouse add to the serenity of the Zilker Botanical Garden, while an in-house gift shop offers both souvenirs and educational information. read more about Zilker Botanical Garden

Chez Zee

Chez Zee

Doc's Motorworks

Doc's Motorworks

  • 1123 South Congress Avenue
  • tel:+1 512 448 9181
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  • Austin, 78704
Hoover's Cooking

Hoover's Cooking

Kenichi

Kenichi

  • 419 Colorado Street
  • tel:512 320 8883
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  • Austin, 78701
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

  • 605 Robert E. Lee Rd
  • tel:+1 512 445 5582
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  • Austin, 78704
Romeo's

Romeo's

  • 1500 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+512 476 1090
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  • Austin, 78704
Esther's Follies

Esther's Follies