The 5 Best Things to Do in Austin Aug 23, 2017 by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)

Austin is the capital of Texas and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Full of energy, music, and culture, Austin is one of the most exciting cities to visit if you’ve never been! Check out these great things you can do in Austin while you’re there.

South Congress Avenue (SoCo)

South Congress Avenue is a little neighborhood located in the south of Austin. It’s nationally known for its eclectic shopping, quirky restaurants, and vibrant music venues! Historically, South Congress was a major gateway to the city, as the avenue runs straight towards the heart of Austin offering an unobstructed view of downtown and the Texas State Capitol. Welcome to Austin!

Barton Springs Pool

The Barton Springs Pool is an outdoor swimming pool in Zilker Metropolitan Park in Austin. It’s a great pool for year-round swimming surrounded by greenery and trees, making you feel like you’ve escaped the city to the ol’ watering hole during a hot summer. The pool is only open from Friday until Wednesday when the floodgates are closed and the pool is at its deepest. The pool is free from November through March, and during the summer a few dollars are required for entry, but the pool is still free in the evenings. Go for a hike in the park and then a refreshing swim!

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is also known as Covert Park and has been one of Austin’s largest tourist attractions since the 1800s. It was designated as a historic landmark in 1969, recording the litany of frontiersmen and explorers that passed through the area. From the top of the hill, you have a stunning view of Lake Austin, the city, and the surrounding hills. Some claim this to be the best view in the entire city – so make sure to take a walk through on your visit.

The Story of Texas

When you’re in Austin you have to discover the wild history of the Lone Star State. Check out the Bullock Texas State History Museum to learn about the land, identity, and opportunity found in Texas. The museum is just a few blocks away from the Texas State Capitol, one of the most beautiful state capitols. The rosy glow of the sunset-tinted granite is truly beautiful during the mornings and evenings.

The LBJ Library and Museum

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The LBJ Library and Museum is a Presidential Library dedicated to one of Texas’ favored sons, President Lyndon B. Johnson. The library is open every day throughout the year and gets approximately 125,000 visitors annually. It has millions of historical papers documenting the president and his time in office, as well as cultural and historical exhibits and a replica of the Oval Office during Johnson’s presidency. Take a look at the “hot seat” where Johnson made some of the toughest decisions in American history.

The Austin Bats

If you visit Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk, you can see thousands upon thousands of bats take flight just before sunset. There are over 1.3 million Mexican free-tailed bats that migrate to the bridge in March and depart in November. They take flight every night and return just before dawn, helping to keep the region’s insect population in check! The best time to see them is in August once the young bats have grown slightly and take flight on their own.

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