Dwelling in Austin, Texas
Collected by Rey Madolora, AFAR Local Expert
I love Austin, Texas and feel lucky that I was able to stay in the city after attending graduate school at the University of Texas like so many others want to do. I am proud of Austin as a city and what it represents. It is healthy, progressive, bike friendly, and has one of the biggest music scenes anywhere in the world. There is always a festival, a concert, or something to do. It is a big little city as it is big enough to offer everything but still has a small town feel.
1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This south Austin mural located on the corner of Annie and South 1st Street is a popular location for travel photos as well as engagement photos (or just cheesin' out in general). Why not take your photo in front of the mural the next time you...
1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you're driving or walking down South Congress Ave on an afternoon or evening you'll smell the scent of pizza dough. It is an unmistakable smell and my girlfriend and I are convinced that Home Slice Pizza is actually setup to push the smell out...
5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78730, USA
Okay, so I've never seen someone actually pull off the "hang ten" maneuver (when the surfer walks to the front of the board and hangs all ten toes over the nose of the board) while wake surfing, but surfing is still a popular pastime on Lake ...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
There is nothing like chilling on a great patio with friends on a nice afternoon. When the weather is perfect I usually rally the troupes and head to Perla's to lounge under the huge oak trees, play shuffle board, snack on great appetizers, and...
North University, Austin, TX 78705, USA
The massive display of Christmas light pageantry on 37th Street draws thousands of spectators to this north campus neighborhood on an annual basis in December, but you won't find any nativity scenes here! The theme of this display every year is...
1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Eeyore's Birthday celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and this crazy event that is probably best described as a massive drum circle and costume party that is also a kids event and fundraiser for local Austin not-for-profit organizations keeps...
Auditorium Shores, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704, USA
No trip to Austin is complete with a trip to Auditorium Shores along Ladybird Lake to see the memorial statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV). SRV dropped out of high-school at age 17 and moved to Austin to pursue his musical career. He continues to...
8400 Delwau Ln, Austin, TX 78725, USA
If you like to race bicycles then you're going to love Austin, Texas. It doesn't matter what time of year you visit there will be a race series covering the current season. I have met a lot of racers at the local races that were just visiting...
900 W 9th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Austin is home to a huge bicycling community. It doesn't matter what your bike discipline (Road, MTB, Cyclocross, Cruising, Fixie, and BMX)— Austin has you covered. I'm an avid cyclist myself, but let's face it, most cycling events aren't that fun...
1500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
My favorite thing about my neighborhood (besides the Whip In - http://www.afar.com/highlights/a-south-austin-institution) is South Congress Avenue. It is home to my favorite coffee shop and several of my favorite restaurants (South Congress Cafe,...
1508 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes...
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Hands down... my favorite place for Sunday brunch in Austin is the South Congress Cafe (note that they serve brunch every day of the week). The restaurant is also a great place for lunch or dinner, but I love hitting the SoCo Cafe late Sunday...
3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758, USA
1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the...
2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
2110, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Texas football is an institution. The Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is a sight to behold even if you're not lucky enough to score tickets to a Longhorn football game! The stadium has a seating capacity that tops that of the Dallas Cowboys...
TX-360 Loop, Texas, USA
When I used to think of Texas I thought of wide open desert planes with tumble weeds blowing in the wind. I had no idea that the Texas Hill Country was a vast area of rugged hills that spanned from southwest Austin to northern San Antonio. The...
1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Since everything seems bigger in Texas, it's no surprise that the Texas State Capitol holds the title for largest state capitol building in the union (360,000 square feet of floor space in the main building!). The building is also quite...
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
There is nothing like a Texas sunset. One of my favorite places to catch the sunset is at the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Blvd, a spot that has a deck that overlooks the lake and the dam. The restaurant provides the perfect vista for the sunset while...
1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Want to get that small-town-ice-cream-shop feeling in a big city? Head to Lick for fresh and unique seasonal ice cream. With each lick of your cone, a new complexity of flavor is revealed. Ice cream here is made with only wholesome...
2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Pack your picnic baskets and head out to Zilker Park for an evening of live, local music. Every other week during the summer, KGSR's Blues on the Green returns to Zilker Park with free, live music. Take your blankets or lawn chairs and join in the...
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