La Condesa:  My personal favorite, and according to this poll on Eater Austin, I’m not alone. They’re unfortunately also on the higher end of pricing for this list, so I’d recommend trying them at happy hour (select cocktails and appetizers are massively discounted) to make sure you’re committed to spending 10+ bucks on the best margarita in Austin. There, I said it.   –JN   

Polvos: They were the first place I ever experienced margaritas by the pitcher, so naturally I have fond memories and a soft spot for this place. If you want to venture off the traditional path, I’d recommend the mango margarita. -KO

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Fonda San Miguel: Often praised as ‘the best Mexican food in Austin,’ the ambience alone makes FSM worth the trip. When you have good bartenders who make real margaritas, they just taste better than the run-of-the-mill drinks you’ll find at more Americanized Tex-Mex joints.   –JN

South Congress Café: I love everything South Congress Café does so it’s no surprise that they have to be included on my margarita list. While I like their specialty ones, the Pomegranate  Margarita is awesome. My favorite thing to do is go with the house margarita and ask for the chili salt on the glass. -KO

South Congress Cafe

South Congress Cafe

 

Vivo: Apparently I have expensive taste, because these ones are also a bit pricey comparatively. The happy hour suggestion applies here as well. They have about twenty different options for margaritas; I’m not huge on fruity additions, but I hear the prickly pear is well worth the extra 75 cents if you’re into that sort of thing. They also have a really great patio (when the weather is nice), and the décor inside is equally rewarding.   –JN

Tacos & Tequila, TNT: This place is like my kryptonite. It’s not a place that you can go and have just one drink. As you can imagine, a place that has ‘tequila’ in the name definitely knows how to make a margarita. If you are a margarita drinker there will be more than one on the menu that will perk your interest. This place knows margaritas so spring for one of the specialty ones instead of the house! -KO

Baby A’s: No list of Austin Margaritas would be complete without a nod to the Purple from Baby Acapulco’s. I’ll warn you ahead of time, if you’re a fan of traditional fresh lime margaritas, you will not enjoy this. Legend has it that they’re made with grain alcohol rather than tequila, and at one point they were served on a two-per-customer limit. Meaning that if you ordered two of them back to back, you’d be cut off immediately.    –JN

Curra’s: They are home to the famous avocado margarita! You are probably thinking that avocados belong in guacamole, well yes. However, don’t bash something until you’ve tried it. It’s has an oddly refreshing, yet creamy taste. It will definitely be one of those margaritas that you instantly wonder where it has been your entire life or it just won’t be your thing. –KO

El Naranjo: Yet another pricey suggestion, but they make really great, simple fresh-lime margaritas. They also have a HUGE selection of both tequila and mezcal. My advice, choose a reasonably priced (anything 100% agave will do) tequila for your ‘rita, then sip on a shot of something finer if you’re feeling adventurous.   -JN

Trudy’s: You can’t make a margarita list in Austin and not include Trudy’s. There’s not much to say except they consistently make a solid drink. Sometimes you don’t want all that fancy stuff and you just want a basic margarita, this is your place. -KO

Takoba: I actually prefer the lesser-known Cantina El Milamores, which is located in the backspace of the restaurant. Their ‘House Margarita’ consists of El Jimador, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and orange juices, and house-made simple syrup. These are all good things.   –JN

 

Today is ‘National Drink Wine Day’ and if there’s one holiday that I’ve earned the right to celebrate it’s today’s. I like everything about wine. I like it cheap, I like it expensive, I like tasting, pairing, and learning about it; I like playing games focused on it, I like hanging out with my friends while drinking it, and as long as wine is involved, you can count me in for just about any activity. As a matter of fact, I’m actually having a glass whilst writing this post.

That being said, I’m very excited about a day dedicated to one of my favorite beverages. Here’s a list of my favorite places to get a glass (or bottle) in Austin.

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1.     Vino Vino-  I go to Vino Vino for the extensive wine selection and the atmosphere. There’s literally a wall of wine, so the selections are seemingly endless. Their food menu is also well executed. It’s a place I find myself when I’m not running out to happy hour in workout clothes, as the atmosphere is a little more sophisticated.

2.     ApothecaryI like this place because everything here is consistently solid. Their happy hour is great- on Sundays and Mondays they offer $10 off all bottles, and on Saturdays, it’s half off all bottles of sparking wine. They have an excellent cheese plate, and many of their menu items are perfect for sharing. They also have a quaint little patio that’s perfect when the weather is nice.

3.     TrioTheir happy hour is also fantastic, its daily from 5-7pm, and they offer $5 off appetizers from the bar menu and half-off glasses of wine. You really can’t beat it. And of course, as you would expect from the Four Seasons, the service is always five stars.

4.     Botticelli’sTheir back patio feels like a hidden gem. You could easily be at a wine bar in Italy, it’s that welcoming and cozy. It’s a great place to go for hanging out, drinking wine and snacking. They have happy hour Daily from 5-7pm, and all night on Sunday and Monday.

5.     UncorkedI wish I knew how many hours I’ve spent on their patio sipping bottles of wine with friends while overlooking downtown. It’s always a place my girlfriends and I plan to get a few drinks before heading downtown, but more often than not we find ourselves hanging out until closing time.

6.     Arro- Their French inspired wine list offers something for everyone, from easy drinking, to the more bold. It’s a place that I find myself going for dinner and drinks, or just to stop by the bar for a good glass of wine. 

7.     Antonelli’s Cheese Class – This stop takes planning as you need to sign up for the class in advance. However, out of all the things I’ve done in Austin, it’s one of my favorites. You can choose to purchase the wine that they suggest for the cheese pairing, or for a $4 corking fee you can bring your own selections. One of these classes is a must do for any cheese (and wine) lover!

8.     Paggi House – After the first time I visited Paggi House for happy hour, I found my way back there two more times in the same month. The location, service, food menu, and wine were all spectacular. Their happy hour is M-Th 5-9pm, Friday & Saturday 5-7pm.

9.     Barley Swine – To be fair, Barley Swine is also one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. I love going here and ordering a bunch of small plates and enjoying their menu over bottles of wine and good company.

10.  Opa! – The extensive outdoor seating and the causal atmosphere keeps me coming back. They are family owned, and I always feel as if I’m hanging out of my Italian aunt’s patio (if I had an Italian aunt) while I ‘m there. 

Here are other places around town that are also great for grabbing a glass.

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I’m not totally sure who the authority is on proclaiming food holidays (pizza actually has about ten ‘national’ days each year), but according to Google, February 9th is National Pizza Pie Day.

In honor of this celebration, and the improvements in Austin’s pizza landscape in the last few years, I decided to compile list of my ten favorite places to get a pie in Austin.

Here it is, in no particular order:

1. East Side Pies - If there was an award for the thinnest crust in Austin, these guys might take the cake- err pie? They offer several different options on sauce that are seriously worth exploring; try the Fast Pie with spinach curry sauce, sausage & feta, or The Nacho with black bean ‘sauce,’ chicken, red onions, cherry tomatoes & jalapenos. I know it’s hard to go this far off the beaten path with a pizza, but trust me on these suggestions.

Their traditional red sauce is also delicious; top it with their oversized pepperonis and your other typical favorites. You won’t be disappointed.

Photo Courtesy: East Side Pie's Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy: East Side Pie’s Facebook Page

 

2. Home Slice Pizza - Definitely the most famous pizza joint in Austin, and for good reason. This is definitely my top recommendation for out-of-towners; the pizza is fantastic, and the location on South Congress is something anyone who visits Austin should experience. They also opened More Home Slice next door, so you don’t have to wait for hours to get a slice (or whole pie) on busy nights anymore.

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

 

 

3. Via 313  - I’m not traditionally a fan of deep-dish, but these guys have created something special. For around twelve bucks you get a super thick rectangle pizza that’s about two-inches thick. The sauce is possibly my favorite in town, and they pour a healthy amount of it over the top of the pizza after it’s cooked.

An interesting fact about this place; while there are vast differences in opinion on what constitutes a ‘good’ pizza, I’ve never taken anyone here that wasn’t absolutely blown away by it. Try the location behind Craft Pride on Rainey Street and grab a good local beer to help wash it down.

Photo Courtesy: Via 313 Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy: Via 313 Facebook Page

 

4. Bufalina Pizza - This place just opened last year and due to that fact, and their limited hours of operation, this isn’t a place to go if you’re in a hurry. But damn, do they make some delicious pizza.

They imported a wood-fire oven from Italy to create some of the best Neapolitan-style pizza in town. Flour, olive oil and other key ingredients are also imported from the region, and that extra attention to detail really shines through, both in the sauce and the perfectly airy, chewy (and somehow crispy at the same time) crust.

Photo Courtsey: Amy Kundrat http://www.flickr.com/photos/motoamy/8532110607/sizes/l/

Photo Courtsey: Amy Kundrat http://www.flickr.com/photos/motoamy/8532110607/sizes/l/

 

5. Cajun Pizza Place - When I was kid, I absolutely loved thin-crust pizza from Pizza Hut. Possibly due to the lack of a developed palate, but I also think it’s safe to say that Pizza Hut has continued to cheapen their product over the years into the slop that it is today. Cajun Pizza Place offers something similar in concept to that pizza I enjoyed as a child, but of MUCH higher quality.

I originally tried this pizza on a road trip at a place called Pizza Village in Lafayette, LA. The story goes that one of the long-time workers from Pizza Village moved to Austin and started this new venture in 2009.  Trust me when I say that it’s just as good as the original.

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Photo Courtesy: Cajun Pizza Place

 

6. Backspace - I suppose I should include a disclaimer that I was a huge fan of Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s adjoining restaurant Parkside before this place even opened its doors. Like Bufalina, they too offer Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with a huge focus on locally sourced ingredients.

I definitely recommend making reservations, and whatever pizza you decide on, be sure to “put an egg on it.”

Photo Courtesy: Backspace

Photo Courtesy: Backspace

 

7. Hoboken Pie - What sets Hoboken apart for me is the sheer variety of toppings they offer. The ‘Jersey–style’ pizza was at one point my personal favorite. I also once ran into French pop star, Yelle there after I fell in love with her at a FFF Fest performance in Waterloo Park. It will always have a special place in my heart.

I highly recommend the Torres, a white pie with bacon, spinach, Anjou pear, sundried tomato & gorgonzola. Oh, and for those of you who think Roppolo’s should be on this list? It’s just because you’ve only eaten there after pounding drinks on Sixth Street- wander around the corner and give Hoboken a try.

Photo Courtes: Hoboken Pie

Photo Courtes: Hoboken Pie

 

8. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. - Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Co. FINALLY opened their doors last year after months of local anticipation. Better known for their homemade craft brews and laid-back atmosphere, the pizza is also spectacular.

The only pizza I’ve tried is a basic cheese and pepperoni (if we’re being honest, it was actually an extra slice from the couple sitting next to me), but paired with their Superliner IPA, you won’t find a better pizza/beer combo in the city.

Photo Courtesy: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

 

9. Little Deli - No bells and whistles here, just good ol’ fashion New York style pizza. Finding the place is half the battle; it sits in a small shopping area tucked into a neighborhood in North Austin.

The sandwiches here are just as good as the pizza. Go hungry and try half a sandwich and a slice to experience all they have to offer in one trip.

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

Photo Courtesy: Kristy Owen

 

10. Second Bar + Kitchen: This place made the list on the strength of just one of their pizza offerings, The Black and Bleu. It’s a small pizza with black truffle oil, bleu cheese, pork belly, medjool dates & red onion. It is the truth. Try it with the pepperoni soup (you read that right), and one of their craft cocktails. 

Photo Courtesy: LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Photo Courtesy: LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

Two notable places that aren’t on this list purely because they aren’t technically in Austin:

Pieous (in Dripping Springs)

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza (located at Jester King Brewery)

Honorable Mentions:

Conan’s Pizza

Salvation Pizza

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1. You are guilty of taking a picture of the temperature gauge in your car and sharing it on social media.

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2. Wednesdays are spent orchestrating how your crew will find each other at Blues on the Green

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3.  The countdown to Texas Football has officially begun. 

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4.  90 degrees equals a “cool” day.

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5. You have the hours of Barton Springs memorized. 

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6. Floating the river. 

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photo credit: tuberous.com

7. You literally can fry an egg on the sidewalk. Thanks GoodPop for this demonstration.

8. Speaking of GoodPop, instead of cocktails you are now drinking poptails. poptail

9. Trail workouts are now reserved for dawn or dusk. 

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10. Even though it is “touristy” you’ve stopped to watch the bats fly. 

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11. You hope the heat deters people from moving here, even though you probably moved here yourself. 

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12. Qui Opened. 

photo credit - Qui Facebook Page

photo credit – Qui Facebook Page

13. You have seen a “Movie Under The Stars” at someplace or another. 

photo credit: Austin Parks Blog

photo credit: Austin Parks Blog

14. It’s the season for Zilker’s Summer Musical in the Park

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15. It’s time for Fido’s summer shave. 

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16.  You’ve finally taken the time to make that day trip to Fredericksburg. 

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17. Waiting outside in line at Hopdoddy makes you feel like you are waiting outside the fiery gates of hell. 

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18. Oh the sweet paradise you find at Hamilton Pool

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19. Keeping up with the free summer concert series becomes a full time job. Unplugged at the Grove anyone? 

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20. SnoBeach is part of your weekly routine. 

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21. You drink frozen margaritas like water. 

22.  Suddenly you become best friends with your friend that has a boat. 

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23. It wasn’t a “flash” mob you participated in, it was a “splash” mob. 

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24.  When you are out paddle boarding in the middle of the day on a Tuesday you find yourself wondering, do people actually work in Austin? 

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25. You’ve purchased your ACL tickets meanwhile complaining about the fact that it is two weekends again this year.  

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26. The 300 days of sunshine a year make you welcome the rare rainy day. 

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27. The Greenbelt. 

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28. It’s officially the summer of Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka and you can’t get enough. 

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29. If sweating were a sport you’d be a champion. 

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30. Despite the heat you still enjoy a good outdoor patio. 

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31. Those summer sunsets. 

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32. Even the Dell Diamond has a swimming pool to make baseball games “cooler.”

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33. You don’t need to a Bikram studio to do a 105 degree yoga session, just go outside. 

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34. It is Pecan Street Festival season. 

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35.  Beer tastes better during Austin summers. 

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36. You are enjoying the “lighter” traffic with less UT students around. 

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37.  Calories don’t count if it is in the name of “cooling off.” 

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38. Schiltterbahn Season.

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39. Hula Hut is always a good idea. 

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40. Leaving home without your sunnies can be downright blinding. 

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41.  You’ve considered checking out Rio, Austin’s rooftop pool bar despite the fact it sounds so Dallas. 

photo-credit: Rio Rooftop Pool Facebook Page

photo-credit: Rio Rooftop Pool Facebook Page

 

42. The only thing hotter than the heat are the girls. 

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photo-credit: thisainthell.us

43. That feeling when you step on hot pavement. 

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44. The ice cream almost melts faster than you can eat it at the Austin Ice Cream festival. 

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45. You’ve ended the weekend at the Long Center’s free Concert in the Park. 

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46. It’s prime season to play Superhero. 

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47. The “Shady” in Shady Grove has new meaning. 

photo credit: Shady Grove Facebook Page

photo credit: Shady Grove Facebook Page

48. You did indeed set off fireworks this year on the Fourth of July as there was no ban in effect this year. 

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49. Every out-of-town visitor wants to eat at the Oasis

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50. Despite this Texas heat, your car feeling like a sauna, and almost endless sun, you know it’s all worth it because you live in the greatest city on Earth.  

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Today is the 100th Day of the Year so naturally that called for some fun. Here are 100 reasons why we call ourselves Austinites.

1. You’ve ordered from the “secret menu” at Torchy’s.

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2. High-Fiving Juan  at Juan in a Million is part of your weekend routine. 

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3. You ate at East Side Kings before Paul Qui achieved Top Chef greatness. 

Photo Credit - Rebecca Fondren

Photo Credit – Rebecca Fondren

4. You will be able to say you attended ACL when it was only one weekend. 

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5. Burnt Orange is part of your Longhorn Football game day wardrobe even though you didn’t go to Texas. 

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6. Your heart broke when you heard Fran’s closed its doors. 

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7. Breeder pet? No way, you adopted. 

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8.  There was a day when Broken Spoke was surrounded by local business and not apartments, you remember it. 

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9. You call the part of Guadalupe west of campus “The Drag.”

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10. Alamo Drafthouse is the only place you will even consider going to a movie. 

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11. You proudly own a “Welcome To Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” shirt, even though you probably moved here.

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12. Seeing someone sunbathing topless at Barton Springs doesn’t make you look twice.

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13. Blue Bell? Nope, it’s Amy’s all the way in Austin. 

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14. It does not have to be Halloween for you to appreciate bats. 

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15. You have seen the highs and lows of Lake Travis. 

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16. “Mopac”is the same as “Loop 1″ and “360″ is the same as “Capital of Texas Highway”  are just facts of driving in Austin and you’re used to it.

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17. You’ve Been To An “Austin City Limits” Taping. 

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18. Spinning under the Zilker Christmas Tree is part of your holiday ritual. 

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19. The sometimes 2 hour wait at Franklin BBQ is completely worth it and you know it. 

Franklin BBQ Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

20. You wear Yoga pants because you actually go to Yoga. 

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21.  You eat breakfast tacos from a different place everyday of the week. 

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22. Looking out your office window in the middle of the afternoon and seeing a lake full of kayakers is just another day. 

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23. You know “paper or plastic” is no longer a choice at the grocery store. 

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24. You remember when the Mueller Airport Tower used to actually look over airplanes and not houses. 

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25. The city celebrating Eeyore’s birthday doesn’t phase you in the least bit. 

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26. First Thursday means strolling SoCo. 

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27. You’ve played Chicken Sh*t BINGO. 

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28. Lady Bird Lake, that’s circa 2007, to some longtime residents it will always be Town Lake. 

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29. You’ve had “date night” at Whole Foods. 

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30.  Maybe you haven’t tried it but you’ve heard of the Trudy’s Trifecta. 

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31. You’ve eaten Kerbey Queso at 4 in the morning. 

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32. News North Korea had “plans” for a missile strike on Austin  made you laugh, haters gonna hate.

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33. If you’re drinking vodka its either Deep Eddy or Titos. 

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34. What other people call graffiti, you call street art. 

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35. The Greenbelt is a summer must (when it has water)! 

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36. Saturday mornings involve a Farmer’s Market. 

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37. You complain about the traffic even though you know it’s going to only get worse. 

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38. Hours can pass while sipping on some coffee at Mozart’s and you have no idea where the time went. 

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39. You were an extra on Friday Night Lights.  

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40. At least one Halloween costumes has come from Lucy In Disguise. 

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41.  Oh to think back on the days when parking downtown after 5 and on weekends was free.

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42. You know someone, who knows someone who is friends with Mack Brown. 

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43. Fredricksburg is one of your favorite day trips.  

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44. Esther’s Follies comedy show doesn’t offend you.  

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45. A pedi-cab has once been used as a form of transportation in your travels. 

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46. You know Top Notch’s onion rings are indeed Top Notch. 

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47. Somehow throughout your time in Austin you have acquired allergies. 

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48.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert have all come from a trailer in one day.

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49. You’ve cooled off at Hamiliton Pool. 

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50. You remember where you were on January 4th, 2006. 

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51. Lance Armstrong, well let’s not go there.

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52. If it’s not a GoodPop, it’s not a popsicle. 

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53. You’ve decorated a Cedar Tree along 360 during December.

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54. The Salt Lick is one of your “go-tos” with out of town visitors. 

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55. KGSR’s Blues on the Green is a summer must. 

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56. Polvo’s Salsa Bar has set the bar for any salsa bar. 

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57. You own a pair of Cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots. 

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58. Moonshine ‘s Gospel Brunch is something you’ve experienced. 

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59. You’ve seen the sunset from the top of Mount Bonnell. 

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60. You’ve cheered at a Texas Rollergirls Bout. 

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61. The fact that Deep Eddy Pool used to have a massive slide is no surprise to you. 

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62. You have played frisbee on the Capitol lawn. 

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63. Disc Golf is a regular pastime. 

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64. You’ve watched the sun crash into the horizon at The Oasis. 

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65. You remember when Castle Hill was called “The Foundation.” 

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66. SnoBeach SnoCones are among your summer snacks. 

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67. You know The Veloway offers some of the best bicycle and rollerblading pavement in Texas. 

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68. You’ve enjoyed a steak dinner at ALC Steaks. 

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69. The Driskill Grill, you know it’s worth every penny. 

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70. Home Slice with your homies is the perfect evening. 

Home Slice Pizza Photo Credit: Home Slice Pizza Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Home Slice Pizza Facebook Page

71. Live music at the airport, you expect nothing less – we are the “Live Music Capital of The World.”

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72.  Someone you know has had a “start up.”

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73. During summer you complain that it’s too hot but than winter comes and it’s too “cold.” 

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74. You know that being from Austin is so different than being from Texas.  

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75. The “Keep Austin Weird” fun run is the only way you put “fun” and “run” in the same sentence. 

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76. If it’s not a local beer, you don’t drink it. 

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77. Another one of your friends is now eating “Gluten Free.” 

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78. You’ve spent Friday night at Austin’s own Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theater. 

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79. You keep meaning to go on a tour of the Capitol. 

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80.  Buffalo Exchange rejected most of your closet clean out. 

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81. Hopdoddy’s out the door line does not deter you at all. 

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82. Peter Pan Mini-Golf never gets old, actually neither does Butler Pitch and Putt. 

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83. You’ve said, “SX has gotten too big.”  

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84.  You know the difference between a hipster and the homeless. 

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85You mourned the passing of Leslie. 

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86. Leaving home without your reusable bags only sometimes happens. 

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87. Perrier? No Thanks, you’ll have a Topo. 

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88. You listened to The Bobby Bones Show when they were also Austinites. 

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89. You’ve changed your Facebook profile picture to include the 360 Bridge in the background.

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90. There was a day when North Austin was considered the Arboretum, you remember it. 

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91.  You’ve snuck into a concert at Nutty Brown by jumping the fence. 

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92. You’ve had Chuy’s famous jalapeno ranch dip at their original Barton Springs location. 

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93. The idea of biking to work has crossed your mind. 

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94. You’ve pulled over on the side of the highway to take a picture in the bluebonnets. 

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95. You discovered Ghostland long before they were “discovered.”

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96. After the recent drought conditions rain in Austin makes you as happy as a Friday happy hour. 

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97. You purposely drive down W. 5th to read the daily words of wisdom from El Arroyo. 

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98. You either participated in, drove by, or made fun of Occupy Austin. 

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99. Despite all the changes you still love this town. 

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100. The only place you’ll leave Austin, Texas for is Heaven. 

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Kristy Owen

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That probably has something to do with the success of instagram. Below are a list of 25 Austin stops that you most likely have instagrammed or if your travels take you there, you will. Use this guide as a way to play tourist in your own town. Tag me in your pictures so that I can see them (remember I can only see your picture if you have a public profile)!

Don’t forget to join the adventure and follow us at instagram/365thingsaustin.

1. Mount Bonnell 

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2. Selfie Looking Cute In The Donn’s Depot Bathroom

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3. Sunset at The Oasis

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4. Food Is Love Sign at The Pizza Bistro 

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5. Cruising Over Congress at Sunset 

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6. The UT Tower – day, night, after a win or just on a random day, Hook ‘Em!

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7. The First Time You See Bluebonnets In The Spring

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8. Being Cute With Your “Butter Half”

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9. Your SnoBeach on a Hot Summer Day

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10. Anything Mustache Related 

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11. The 360 Bridge 

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12. The Frost Bank Building on a Clear Day

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13. Welcome To Austin Postcard

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14. Circuit of the Americas Tower 

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15. Your Pet At The Dog Park 

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16. When You Discover The Baylor Street Art Wall 

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17. The Time You Finally Go On A Tour of The Capitol 

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18. When You Are About To Take The Plunge At Barton Springs

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19. Your “Welcome To Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” T-Shirt 

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20. Watching The Bats Fly 

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21. The Afternoon You Spent Kayaking 

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22. Indulging Yourself At Gourdough’s 

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23. The First Time See You Live Music At The Airport 

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24. Your Hey Cupcake Box of Goodness

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25. Just About Any Austin, Texas Sunset 

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Here are some bonus items that should be included but I have yet to instragram them so I don’t have an example.

  • The long line at Franklin BBQ
  • The one time you met Mack Brown
  • “Art” Cars

Lastly for a few laughs, check out this instagram parody.

 

I have  always been one to live by the terms, “Go Big or Go Home” and the same stays true whenever I decide to have an unhealthy eating day. While I am all for eating healthy and being active, every now and then it is good to just throw caution to the wind and indulge. If you are going to eat bad, might as well do it right. I hope you enjoy the many delicious stops along this list as you defy dieting.

25. Chicken & Waffles at 24 Diner 

Chicken & Waffles Photo Credit: 24 Diner Facebook Page

Chicken & Waffles
Photo Credit: 24 Diner Facebook Page

24. The Don Juan at Juan In A Million

23. The Monte Cristo at Hey You Gonna Eat or What?

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

22. The Goodnight at Hopdoddy Burger Bar

21. Cookies & Cream Shake at Alamo Drafthouse

20. Bacon Chicken Sandwich at The Jalopy

Bacon Photo Credit: Jalopy Facebook Page

Bacon
Photo Credit: Jalopy Facebook Page

19. Cheesy Garlic Bread at Mercury Pizza

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

18. The Stuffed Avocado at Trudy’s

17. Breakfast Frito Pie at Lamberts

16. “World Famous” Glazed Round Rock Donut at Round Rock Donuts

"World Famous" Glazed Round Rock Donut  Photo Credit: Round Rock Donuts Facebook Page

“World Famous” Glazed Round Rock Donut
Photo Credit: Round Rock Donuts Facebook Page

15.  American Fries at Banger’s

American Fries

American Fries

14. Trailer Park “Trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos

Trailer Park "Trashy" Photo Credit: Torchy's Taco Facebook Page

Trailer Park “Trashy”
Photo Credit: Torchy’s Taco Facebook Page

13. Chopped Beef Sandwich with Habanero Sauce at The Salt Lick

12.  Korean Pork Burger with Fried Egg & the Beef Kimchi Spicy Fries at Chi’Lantro

Kimich Fries Photo Credit: Chi'Lantro Website

Kimich Fries
Photo Credit: Chi’Lantro Website

11. The Bully at Short Bus Subs

10.  JapaJam with Side of Bacon Jam Fries at  The Peached Tortilla

JapaJam  Photo Credit: Bonnie Berry Photography

JapaJam
Photo Credit: Bonnie Berry Photography

9. The Carnivore Pizza at Via 313

8. Marconi & Cheese at Hoover’s

7. S’mores Bar at Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

6. Brunch Buffet at Moonshine

5. Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos at Turf ‘N Surf Po-Boy

Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos

Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos

4. 2 Meat Plate at Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

Franklin BBQ
Photo Credit: Franklin BBQ Website

3. Migas with Fajita Meat Cisco’s

2. Double Grind Burger at Bacon Austin

1. Gourdough’s in any way, shape or form.

Mardi Gras Donut

Mardi Gras Donut

If you’re feeling bad but not wanting to completely blow all your hard work here are few lesser of the evils as along as they are enjoyed in moderation.

It’s no secret that Austinites have an affinity for fitness. Austin, TX was ranked America’s 10th fittest city by the Huffington Post last year and 7th best city for runners by Forbes.com, so it stands to reason that there are a wealth of trails, streets, and tracks available to keep Austin in the healthy elite and meeting all those pesky New Year’s Resolutions. From the obvious running choices to the secret gems awaiting your footfalls, Austin’s running terrain is as broad as the Lone Star State.

photo credit URL: http://www.trulia.com/blog/shannontschmitz/?page=2

photo credit URL: http://www.trulia.com/blog/shannontschmitz/?page=2

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Whether you’re training for the Austin Livestrong Marathon or you’re a weekend huffer, there are plenty of places to hit the road and put in a couple miles before work. For beginners, you can try the friendly trails around Auditorium Shores. The 3.2-mile loop from the South First Bridge down to the Mopac Bridge is the best place for newbie runs or quick tune-ups. The trail also offers 7 and 10 miles loops for the more experienced and eager, but you’ll be safe keeping it to 3.2 miles with two water stops along the way and a RunTex nearby. You’ll also gain inspiration from all the other runners along the trail. Learn more.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail

The Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail offers a stunning 3 miles of terrain in Central Austin (6 for a round trip). It’s a little bit less groomed than the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike so be prepared to do some root and rock dodging along the way. You park at the trailhead at 2600 N. Lamar Blvd or pick up the trail from Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike between Caesar Chavez and Lamar Blvd. Learn more.

Brushy Creek Trail

The Brushy Creek Trail is a great gravel-paved trail located in the Avery Ranch area of Austin, TX. Running parallel to Brushy Creek and offering 2.5 miles one-way, Brushy Creek Trail offers adequate biking, running, and walking in a pet friendly atmosphere. Learn more.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is Austin’s largest green space right in the heart of the city. Beginning at Zilker Park, the trail leads southwest through 7.25 miles of dense foliage, limestone cliffs and various waterfalls through the greenbelt. This trail is usually heavily populated by mountain bikers and contains some rough terrain by the Mopac/360 trailhead. But once you get down alongside Barton Creek, it’s easy going. During the summer months, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers shade but is usually very humid due to the canopy overhead. It is considered the 7th best trail in the state of Texas. Learn more.

Travis Heights Neighborhood

Depending on where you live/work, running in residential neighborhoods are a great bet for steady running with no limit on mileage. One of the better neighborhoods in town for running is the Travis Heights neighborhood. Offering arteries of quiet residential streets, this safe, hilly neighborhood is residential running at its best. You can follow along Blunn Creek or run along the South Congress entertainment district. Learn more.

McKinney Falls State Park

The McKinney Falls State Park is a truly picturesque area in Southeast Austin that is host to running trails, water falls (if you catch the season right), some Austin history and “Old Baldy” one of the oldest bald cypress trees held on public land. Both running trails, the Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail and the Homestead Trail provide several miles of terrain as well as several hundred feet in elevation gain. There is an entrance fee of $6, but it’s well worth the cost, as this is one of Austin’s hidden gems. Learn more.

Hyde Park Neighborhood (Alphabet Streets)

While Travis Heights is a bastion for residential running to the south, the Hyde Park neighborhood’s alphabet streets offer equal safety and terrain for central Austin. Avenues A – G run parallel from 38th Street all the way to 51st and sometimes beyond. A run through these quiet, residential street leaves plenty of time for deep contemplation. Learn more.

Other Running Trails

PRO TIP: MapMyRun.com can help you find out different routes in your own neighborhood, allow you to specify your location, distance, and vertical ascent.

This post was provided by the Austin running enthusiasts at Realty Austin.

The start of the year is always filled with hope and ambition for what lies ahead. I hope that 2013 brings you a year filled with countless Austin adventures. Austin is a city absolutely alive with activities, there is something for everyone. For those of you that set resolutions along the lines of “get out more” or “explore Austin” I have complied a list of 13 things you must do in 2013. Completing this list will get you on your way to being a local expert!

1. Baylor Street Art Wall

Baylor Street Art Wall

Baylor Street Art Wall

2. 360 Bridge Hike

 

360 Bridge Hike

360 Bridge Hike

3. Donate to the Capital Area Food Bank

Donate To The Capital Area Food Bank

Donate To The Capital Area Food Bank

4. Lake Travis Zipline Adventure

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

5. Quote -A-Long at Alamo Drafthouse

Quote-A-Long At Alamo Drafthouse

Quote-A-Long At Alamo Drafthouse

6. University of Texas Tower Tour

University of Texas Tower Tour

University of Texas Tower Tour

7. Join a League – Skeeball, Kickball, Bowling, Wiffleball, Flag Football something outside your comfort zone!

Join A League

Join A League

8. Tour the Capitol

Tour The Capitol

Tour The Capitol

9. Watch The Bats Fly

Watch The Bats Fly

Watch The Bats Fly

10. First Thursday on South Congress

First Thursday on South Congress

First Thursday on South Congress

11. Eat Trailer Food For Every Meal One Day (try South Trailer Park & Eatery , SoCo Trailer Eatery, North Austin Trailer Yard, Jesse Street Eats)

Eat Every Meal Of The Day From A Trailer

Eat Every Meal Of The Day From A Trailer

12. Watch A Movie In the Park

Watch A Movie In the ParkPhoto Credit: Austin Parks Blog

Watch A Movie In the Park
Photo Credit: Austin Parks Blog

13.   Listen to Live Music (try Stubb’sACL LiveSaxon PubThe Backyard)

Listen To Live Music

Listen To Live Music

Bonus Item: Go On A Local Brewery Tour

Go On A Local Brewery Tour

Go On A Local Brewery Tour

 

Ah, the days of 14-hours-of-sunlight are winding down, and that can only mean one thing: summer is almost over. Okay, okay, the heat will stick around in Central Texas until well into what the calendar designates as “Fall”, but we say summer is over when the kids go back to school. So, what should you do with your remaining days of (theoretically) unstructured bliss? Make an end-of-summer-2012 bucket list, of course!

Shore Club Volente Beach Waterpark

Boasting a recent facelift, SCVB is a great family getaway on the shores of Lake Travis. Start off with a picnic (no uncooked foods, please) on their sandy beachfront and follow it up with a game of water volleyball or rent a wave runner. There are four waterslides of varying intensities, plus the Lazy Lagoon and Pirate Ship for little ones. Gator’s Crossing is a mini-ropes course and looks like a kid’s version of the TV show, Wipeout. Tickets start at $16. Open weekends, late- August to late-September.

Tips:

  • Go to any local Randalls store to purchase your tickets and get $5 off regular admission 42″ & over tickets!
  • You get a refund on parking if you eat in the Shore Club restaurant, but it’s a bit fancy and they don’t allow wet people inside.
  • Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen!

Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

The Austin Zoo began as a goat ranch! It slowly expanded to pigs, deer, donkeys, and ponies. Today they have a wide variety of exotic animals, including lions, lemurs, and something called a Binturong. The zoo’s mission is to provide sanctuary to animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. That leads to a somewhat older animal population than you might be used to at a traditional zoo. Be ready to share with your children the importance of caring and responsibility, instead of merely ooooo-ing and awww-ing at exotic animals. The Austin Zoo has daily, regular hours from 9:30-6 and winter hours from 10-5:30. Admission is cheaper than going to see a movie, starting at $5.

Tip:

  • Call ahead to find out when feeding time is; that’s when the animals will be most active.
  • Skip the stroller, Mama, unless it is equipped with larger wheels.
  • Bring a picnic lunch!

Big Bounce and JumpoLine Park

For all your bouncing needs, Austin has Big Bounce, an inflatable playground, and JumpoLine Park, a building full of trampolines! You can find JumpoLine in Wells Branch and South Austin. They allow all-ages to jump, so, Parents, you get to have fun too! If you want a more structured activity, they offer basketball, dodgeball, and BangBang courts. Big Bounce, in Cedar Park, is like a really big, blow-up fort for kids 10 and under. They have really, really inexpensive admission and allow your child all-day access.

Tip:

  • Check their websites for current specials.

For additional ideas, check out Zilker Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Pool, and the Mayfied Park Peacocks.

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