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There's lots to explore in Austin. Paddleboard in Lady Bird Lake, visit Texas' State Capitol, and bar hop through Rainey Street. Bat watching is on from May till September. For personalized recommendations, try our AI trip-planning product.
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  • California_momofsix
    Fairfield1,111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit for both locals and tourists. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state capitol. The building is huge, there are four floors and a modern basement addition. I would recommend taking a tour. The tours are free and not too long, they give a nice overview of the history and use of the building. Tours meet every half hour in the entrance hall, in front of the former state auditor's office. No sign ups are necessary, just show up. I would further recommend standing as close to the tour guide as you can because there is a good amount of echo. We visited right after the eclipse and tour groups were quite large and the guides could have used a microphone. Beautiful building with lots of special details, like the decorative door handles and hinges. The visitor gallery is open for the house and sometimes the senate. Everyone was very nice, and didn't make us feel like we were bothering them. When we were standing outside the governor's reception room, staff inviting us inside and answered our questions, even though they were working. The grounds are also beautiful and shady and visitors can park in a garage across the street for a small fee. If you want to learn more about the capitol and Texas history, you can go to a visitor center on the grounds to see a movie about the building of the capitol narrated by Matthew McConaughey and the capitol built in legos.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • likeparty
    Orlando, FL293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice surprise, not boring. Certainly a period piece for those of us who have attained a certain age. Worth the time, even if it wasn't a rainy day...which is was.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • karen
    Silver Spring, MD3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a really gray and rainy day, but my friends and I really wanted to see the springs. No one was there and we swam. The water is really lovely and very clear. So glad that we went even though the weather wasn't great.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • dreamspeaker
    Middleton, WI461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's really wonderful that this path is accessible throughout. We only walked a small stretch near South Congress, but we got to see lots of turtles which was an indication that the water is clean.
    Written April 26, 2024
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  • Sherry823
    Alvarado12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum for family and school groups. No tour guide, but Reagan gave our school group instructions prior to letting us loose.
    There were many decades of history. A plane that excited the kids to no end. There were even hands on things that the kids could touch and a few short movies to watch.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • likeparty
    Orlando, FL293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chimay still on tap after 20 years. Sure the drinks are not cheap but experiencing The Driskill is just part of your Austin visit.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • Shelby C
    Fenton, MI174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was surprised at how much there was to see here. There was a good variety to keep my kids interested and the plant loving adults with us happy too! My kids got to do a scavenger hunt and pick out a prize in the gift shop as well.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Ron R
    Houston, TX1,262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy hike up to top. Great views of Austin, Lake Austin, and surrounding area. There are some sweet houses along the lake.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • California_momofsix
    Fairfield1,111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited in April and crowds waiting for the bats to emerge were huge (post eclipse crowds). I thought it felt too cold to me for bats, but seeing how many people crowded the bridge, and both shores on either side of the bridge, I figured they must know something I don't. Nope, many more people than bats emerged that night. We did see a few bats, especially when looking into the lights of the hotels and you can hear their squeaks. I would recommend checking the Bat Refuge website, they do a nightly prediction of what you might see. Would love to come back in summer and try again. We found some cheap street parking along the side streets on the North side.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • Shelby C
    Fenton, MI174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice, big park, but very busy on the weekends! It was very difficult to find somewhere to park and then had to walk long distances to get to the different attractions. It is a great place to come and see the skyline of Austin though. We enjoyed the nature and science center and the park. It's too bad the little train ride wasn't working, my kids would've loved it.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, UK524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of a walk from Downtown Austin but well worth it for the smart, upmarket area which has loads of independent bars and restaurants plus some shops too.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey659 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went around Sixth (6th) Street, and I also wanted to see Congress Avenue. Congress Avenue was like the Beverly Hills of Austin. I saw many wealthy stores and a lot of very fine restaurants. There were also quite a few nightclubs. It was very tough to find parking, but I found free parking during the daytime hours on a side street.
    Written March 29, 2024
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