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Review of Congress Avenue

Congress Avenue
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$74.69*
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2-hour Glance of Austin Guided Tour
Ranked #23 of 340 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 23, 2013

This strip of South Congress called SoCo has been home to a lively street scene for years now. Boutique hotels, loads of shops, restaurants, music venues and clubs. Many venues have been in business for years and years. The Austin Motel, Guerros, Home Slice Pizza, Jo's Coffee and The Continental Club to name but a few. I actually met my husband at The Continental Club in 1978 and it is still there and going strong. We now live in England, but are lucky enough to visit Austin a couple of times a year. We alway rent a house in the SoCo area when we are here. It is great to have so much within easy walking distance. Happily lots of the old buildings remain intact and haven't been torn down to put up high-rise, multi-use buildings, which is happening almost everywhere else in Austin. Ironic, as Austin's catch phrase is Keep Austin Weird. Guess the folks on the planning board here have forgotten that! Greedy buggers…. Hope they keep their mitts off South Congress.

Thank go4geisha007
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Every time I drive or walk on Congress Avenue, seeing all the old style buildings my imagination runs back to 150 years ago and wondering what it was like back then. Pick a nice time of day around after 6 pm in Summer time or all day in Spring or Fall, and enjoy the buildings, shops and restaurants along the street. Do not drive there at rush hours because you will find yourself get stuck in traffics, unless you choose to enjoy site seeing with slow-pace driving.

Thank Kaazamm
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Have been down Congress on a couple of occasions visiting my son in Austin. Neat and very unique shops. Several eating establishments line the street. The area is pet friendly. Very clean area and appears very safe. A nice way to spend a couple of hours in Austin.

Thank Mike D
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I visited Congress Avenue several times during my recent stay at the Hyatt in Austin. I walked out the back door of the Hyatt and down the path to the Congress Street Bridge and crossed it to the downtown area where there are many restaurants and coffee shops. Congress Avenue is a lot of fun.

Thank WorldTravelers34
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Last night I attended the 2013 Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally Parade. What a great annual party. They close down both Congress Ave. and 6th St. and run hundreds of custom and traditional bikes up one side of the street and down the other side. It's quite noisy, but every exciting. A great time was had by all.

Thank DannyMac13
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