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Clear Lake, Houston, TX, USA
Who hasn’t daydreamed about being an astronaut at least once? Thankfully, Space Center Houston makes it easy to learn about the great beyond. It’s the area’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the first...
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1835 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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Move over, Willy Wonka—there’s another candy shop that’s making everyone’s sweet tooth tingle. The smell of chocolate wafts through the store, greeting you as soon as you walk in the door. Once inside, you’ll find...
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1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA
Since opening to the public in April 2008, this 12-acre park has quickly become the heartbeat of downtown. Here you’ll find a playground, a man-made lake, a dog park, and the Grace Event Lawn, which frequently hosts events like yoga classes,...
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1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Houston is not only known for its incredible food—more specifically, it's known for its Tex-Mex. El Real's Perfect Margarita was recently named one of the ten best margaritas in Texas by Texas Monthly. It starts with a piece of paper and a golf...
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Houston, TX, USA
Celebrating “the artist in everyone,” this fantastic art space created out of folk art—and, OK, sometimes junk—proves that one person’s trash truly can be someone else’s treasure. It was created by Jefferson...
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140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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One of the most beloved Houston celebrations is its annual Art Car Parade, which takes places in downtown Houston every spring and showcases cars decorated in every material imaginable. Even if you can’t make it to the parade, you can still...
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1423 Branard St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
This shaded park near the University of St. Thomas is right next to The Menil Collection. The park is very shaded and nestled between streets lined with classic 1920s bungalow houses. This place really captures Houston!
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Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston is a great place to spend time outdoors. There's the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, hiking and biking trails, and tons of green space to enjoy.
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8 Mile Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA
For a less crowded piece of the Galveston coast, go to a quiet stretch of coast favored by the locals during high season at the end of 8 Mile Road. To get there, take Seawall Blvd west until the seawall ends and it turns into Termini San Luis Pass...
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1923 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
East Beach is the biggest public beach in Texas. Located at the far eastern tip of Galveston Island, East Beach is known for its beach parties, fishing, and bird watching.You can rent chairs and umbrellas, which are usually in ample supply. Expect...
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2202 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
You can find all sorts of shipyard treasures at Nautical Antiques in Galveston. They have ship lanterns, wheels, flags, glass floats, and figureheads—plenty to choose from for a cool souvenir to represent your time on the Texas coast. Photo via...
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1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA
The Moody Gardens resort has two indoor "pyramids" that make a great escape on a rainy day in Galveston. One simulates a rainforest environment and the other is filled with aquatic creatures. You can also spend the night at the Moody Gardens Hotel...
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You'll hear people talk about doing things "on the Strand" in Galveston, which refers to a downtown historic district primarily situated on Strand Street. Begin exploring the area at 25th and Strand, visiting its shops, restaurants, galleries, and...
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222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
What started as one man’s simple hobby has turned into a Houston landmark that attracts visitors from across the country: The Beer Can House. Back in 1968, owner John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for Southern Pacific Railroad, realized...
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NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054, USA
I was born and raised in Houston and yet, despite The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo being one of Houston's few truly iconic events, I only went for the first time in my life a couple of years ago. It's definitely a sight to behold. I am not...
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3601, 3601, 2009 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Built in 1939, this is Houston's oldest continually operating movie theater, showing lots of independent and foreign films, as well as monthly midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room. Try to get tickets for a showing in the...
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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...
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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...
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3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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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...
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1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Every year thousands of fans flock to Austin for our amazing music scene. You would be hard pressed to find a weekend without some kind of concert or festival going on; however, you can't pass up the tried and true Austin City Limits. Embrace the...
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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...
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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 ...
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9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617, USA
This day was amazing... it was my first professional racing experience (at a Formula ONE event no less!). Pit-stops were only 2 - 3 sec. Louis Hamilton had an incredible race. The track was beautiful... and Austin is contracted to keep Formula One...
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9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Del Valle, TX 78617, USA
The Austin360 Amphitheater is Austin’s new destination to see the brightest stars in a world-class, open-air amphitheater. The venue, which is situated within Circuit of The Americas’ 1,300-acre sports and entertainment complex, has room for up to...
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1500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
It might be a part of the Colorado River—a man-made reservoir carved out of the river in 1960—but everyone calls the body of water bisecting Austin Lady Bird Lake. On hot summer days, scores of walkers and joggers move...
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1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
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S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you haven't before seen 1.5 million bats flying out for their nightly feeding at once, now's your chance. The largest urban bat colony in North America, Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge is the home to hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tail...
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602 W Annie St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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This shop and bakery is known for it's Macarons and Chocolate Croissants, but stay for the coffee and quaint atmosphere. Soraiya Nagree is the owner and baker, and it was a Parisian infatuation that transformed this engineer into a brilliant...
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2209 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
River City Market has become one of South Austin's most popular neighborhood grocery stores. Travis Heights new gourmet grab 'n go, River City Market, is a very welcome addition to the South Austin neighborhood. In addition to a prepared foods...
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3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B, Austin, TX 78704, USA
First things first, The Barton Creek Greenbelt is considered the seventh best hiking trail in Texas. My favorite trail is a 7.25-mile (11.67 km) stretch of public land that begins at Zilker Park and stretches South/Southwest to the final section...
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501 S Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78741, USA
Callahan’s General Store opened its doors for business in June of 1978 and stands today as a tribute to its founders, the late Earl and Lucy Callahan. Not only has it become an Austin Legend, but a central Texas destination with a national and...
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There is no need to go South of the Border to have an authentic "panaderia" experience, just head to Mi Victoria and let your cravings be satisfied. The staff is super friendly, the portions are generous, and the food is tasty and cheap. Mi...