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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
“A local favorite. This is the place to be on weekends. Right next to downtown and full of outdoor activities. Cool to Barton Springs too!> ”
805 locals recommend
Pool
“Austin's unique public pool system is one of the best in the world. This is the crown jewel of the public pools.”
953 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 Restaurant
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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
Cinema
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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. ”
430 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
“This is a moderate hike so close to Austin with beautiful views of the river! I recommend going here for a beautiful evening sunset. Plan to spend about an hour here.”
372 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“*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 Restaurant
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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.”
232 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