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When to visit based on priceQuite opposite to what one would expect, the summer months are an excellent time to visit Austin for low rates, if you can stand the heat. If the heat is an issue, your still in luck because winter months are also a good time to find lower rates and less crowds. Therefore, plan to visit between November and February and the months of July and August.
Key AttractionsDefinitely work some of your time while visiting Austin, Texas, the LBJ Presidential Library houses over 650,000 photographs, millions of documents, and recorded phone conversations. If you’ve never visited a presidential library, you’ll never regret visiting this one.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is another “don’t miss’ opportunities for you to learn the history of Texas. This is one of the top destination attractions for visitors to Austin.
Jump into your jeans, grab a hat, loose those high heels, and find yourself a trail ride. If you’ve never been on a horse before, or have, riding in Texas is the ultimate thing to do in the state of Texas.
Having FunEver felt that jumping out of a plane would be a kick? You can get the same experience in a safe environment at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, where you float on a cushion of air. Have no fear, there’s a experienced instructor right next to you during your “free-fall”.
Take a tour downtown and get off your feet with a Pedicab. You can use the Pedicab service to get to destinations, go and return from dinner, or for an evening at the bar scene. The best thing is they are cheaper than a cab and the perfect “designated driver”.
One of the most fun experiences in Austin, especially during the summer is to take the Lake Travis Zip Line Tour. Strap on your “GoPro”, get harnessed in, and away you go, reaching speeds of 60 MPH as you fly over the lake.
ShoppingYour shopping experience can vary depending on taste and age. There are areas near the college campus where teens can go wild, area’s where you can find antiques from the 1700’s, and malls with top of line cookware.
Austin’s newest mall is the Domaine Shopping Center North, where you can find quality deals at Maggiano’s, Sur la Table and Neiman-Marcus to name a few.
Another excellent shopping district is the Arboretum Market, with high end stores including Louis Vuitton, Coach, Saks Fifth Ave and Victoria Secret.
NearbyIf barbeque is your thing and you want to experience some of the best outside of Austin, take a day trip to Lockhart, Texas. Rumor has it they cook the best barbeque in the world. With world famous barbeque joints like Kreux, Black’s and Smitty’s to choose from, you be the judge.
Another excellent choice for a day trip, and one famous in our history, there’s the town of San Antonio. Who hasn’t heard of the Alamo, Davie Crocket and Daniel Boone who died for the freedom of Texas? When you walk the ruins of this historic old monastery, you can almost hear Santa Anna’s cannon’s firing.
While your there, you have to visit the River Walk, and its excellent and famous restaurants and clubs.
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Visiting Austin Texas? Enjoy these “tips” from area locals
Texas is famous for its 2-step on the dance floor. It’s pretty easy to learn and a fun dance with your wife, girlfriend or partner. If you want to experience or advance your dancing skills in an authentic dance hall, head to the Broken Spoke, known as the “Last of the true Texas dancehalls”. The owners opened this joint back in 1964 and still operate it today.
Every major destination city has its “must see” place and Austin isn’t left out here. That being said, theirs is pretty special, and may not be for everyone. I’m talking about a spectacular event that happens at dusk, the “bats of Congress Avenue Bridge “from spring to early fall. This is the largest bat colony in the U.S. and draws millions of visitors each year. If a swarm of about 1.5 million bats doesn’t freak you out, grab your iPhone or GoPro and impress your friends.
Hot Tip: If you want a quick thrill you can drive on the fastest legal road in the U.S. on a stretch of highway starting in Austin on SH130. That’s right, posted at 85 MPH; it’s the fastest in the country. Please drive safely if you try it.
Ok, so back to satisfying your barbeque addiction! Lets begin with a local favorite that dominates the top of the list when friends and family come to town. Featured in the hit comedy “Dazed and Confused”, the Styles Switch is famous for its beef chuck ribs and peach cobbler, not to mention some awesome local craft beers.
If the thought of brisket keeps you awake at night, you need to go no further than Franklin Barbeque, but your not alone so be prepared for lines of like minds. Keep in mind that they do actually run out of brisket, like every day, so get there early or suffer the consequences. It’s well worth the wait and getting there and dining early, as stated by Bon Appètit magazine.
Locals who want their fill of pulled pork sandwiches head to the La Barbeque, and so should you. Surprise! Their El Sancho sandwich is stuffed with their pulled pork as well as brisket and is famous in the pit master world as well as this town.
Now the “other” craze in food these days is of course the “Food Truck Experience”, and Austin has kept up with the times there too. The food truck is a great way to keep to a budget and we highly suggest trying a “lunch tour”. Some local favorites include the Monte Cristo at “Hey You Gunna Eat or What? And the Kimchi burger are ChiLandro, a Mexican / Korean “fusion” food truck. You can find these by Googleing.