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Weekend in Austin

Destination(s): Austin

You've got 48 hours in Austin--don't waste a minute of it. Visit these tourist hotspots and local favorites for a realistic taste of what this capital city has to offer. read more about Weekend in Austin

Hotel San Jose Lounge

Hotel San Jose Lounge

  • 1316 S Congress Avenue
  • tel:512 444 7362
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  • Austin, 78704
Cisco's Restaurant Bakery & Bar

Cisco's Restaurant Bakery & Bar

  • 1511 East Sixth Street
  • tel:+1 512 478 2420
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  • Austin, 78702
South Congress Avenue

South Congress Avenue

  • South Congress Avenue
  • (between Riverside and Oltorf)
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  • Austin, 78704

Known for its funky style, South Congress Avenue, located about a mile south of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and with a clear and brilliant view of the Texas State Capitol, draws Austinites and area visitors for its shopping and eating opportunities. Stylish boutiques filled with unique clothing and accessories share South Congress Avenue with fun local eateries and antique stores brimming with undiscovered treasures. The first Thursday of each month brings the aptly titled First Thursday event, where SoCo storefronts remain open later, often serving margaritas or cold beer to a slew of people meandering the street in this open-to-the-public street festival of sorts. People watching is at its prime on South Congress Avenue weekend afternoons when many emerge for a lazy day of window-shopping. read more about South Congress Avenue

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

  • 1100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 463 0063
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  • 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

Güero's Taco Bar

Güero's Taco Bar

  • 1412 South Congress Avenue
  • tel:+1 512 447 7688
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  • Austin, 78704
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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

With a grand fašade 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 Duck Adventures

Austin Duck Adventures

  • 1605 West Fifth St
  • Boarding in front of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • tel:+1 512 477 5274
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  • Austin, 78703
Shady Grove

Shady Grove

  • 1624 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+512 474 9991
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  • Austin, 78704
Stubb's Barbecue

Stubb's Barbecue

  • 801 Red River Street
  • tel:+512 480 8341
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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

Continental Club

Continental Club

  • 1315 South Congress Avenue
  • tel:512-441-2444
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  • Austin, 78704
Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

  • 2101 Barton Springs Road
  • Zilker Park
  • tel:512-867-3080
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  • 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

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - South Lamar

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - South Lamar

  • 1120 South Lamar Boulevard
  • tel:512 476 1320
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  • Austin, 78704