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Austin's Top 10 Hidden Gems

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Sometimes the most exciting out-of-town activities are the city's best-kept secrets. Here's a list of local favorites so you can enjoy the insider action that Austin has to offer, from watering holes that are off the beaten path and neighborhood eateries that are worth the extra effort to a couple of short drives that result in some serious good times. Whatever your interests, there's something for everyone below--just be sure you don't brag too much when you get home. We wouldn't want to spoil our little secrets, now would we? read more about Austin's Top 10 Hidden Gems

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve

  • 24300 Hamilton Pool Road
  • tel:+1 512 264 2740
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  • Dripping Springs, 78640

Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Austin, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a nature lover's paradise with swimming, hiking and bird watching outside the city limits. Unlike Barton Springs Pool located conveniently in central Austin's Zilker Park, visitors to Hamilton Pool Preserve traipse a quarter-mile along a shady trail to the grotto-lined natural pool. Created thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to long-term erosion, the historic swimming hole is decorated with a stunning 50-foot waterfall plunging over limestone outcroppings. Hamilton Pool Preserve also harbors the golden-cheeked warbler, a rare and endangered bird that lives among the area's mixed Ashe-juniper and oak woodlands. Make an appointment for a guided tour for an in-depth explanation of all that the area has to offer. The trail to the pool is fairly short (1/4 of a mile) but does include a series of rock steps. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Visitors with physical disabilities should call ahead to pre-arrange assistance. Parking is limited, and the pool is very popular so go early and stay late. Drinking water and other concessions are not available. Guided tours are available. Take Highway 71 west through the town of Bee Cave and turn left onto FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Road). Travel 13 miles to the Preserve entrance, which will be on your right. read more about Hamilton Pool Preserve

Top Notch

Top Notch

  • 7525 Burnet Road
  • tel:+512 452 2181
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  • Austin, 78757-1202
Hippie Hollow Park

Hippie Hollow Park

  • 7000 Commanche Trail
  • tel:+1 512 854 7275
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  • Austin, 78732
Manor Downs

Manor Downs

Hoffbrau (The)

Hoffbrau (The)

  • 613 West Sixth Street
  • tel:+1 512 472 0822
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  • Austin, 78701
Musashino

Musashino

  • 3407 Greystone Drive
  • tel:+1 512 795 8593
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  • Austin, 78731
Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

  • 200 S Lamar Blvd
  • tel:+1 512 499 6700
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  • Austin, 78703
Little Deli

Little Deli

  • 7101-A Woodrow Ave
  • tel:+1 512 467 7402
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  • Austin, 78757-1859
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

  • 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway
  • tel:+1 512 327 7622
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  • Austin, 78746
Spoetzl Brewery

Spoetzl Brewery

  • 603 East Brewery St
  • tel:+1 361 594 3383
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  • Shiner, 77984