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This contest is over, congrats to K. Womack on the win!

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas! We’re kicking off day one with one of our favorite things to do in Austin, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.

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We’ll be running contests daily both here, and on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all.

Of all the adventures we’ve been on in Austin, Zip-lining is definitely one of our favorites. It’s an absolutely incredible experience, and also ends up being a pretty great workout.

One of the zip-lines is the longest in Texas, and you reach speeds up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! This is a great gift idea; awesome thing to do with out of town guests, or just a fun date! Contest details:

In the event you don’t win today’s prize, they’re currently having a holiday sale with $25 off all gift certificates. They don’t expire and have no blackout dates. Call or order online using the code: HOLIDAY16.

Today’s winner will receive a Lake Travis Zipline Adventure for 4 people.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

 

We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching tomorrow (Thursday, December 1st). For 12 days this month we will be giving away prizes from local businesses each day! All of these prizes are a great representation of some awesome things that our city has to offer, and they’re also the gifts we’ll be buying for our own friends and families this year!

Here are the details:

  • Each day around 11am, we’ll post a new giveaway on the blog and our social channels.
  • This year, there will be two ways to enter the contest daily. One via our Heyo Contest page, and another via our daily contest Instagram post. Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day:

INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | NEWSLETTER 

 

  • Each contest will run for 24 hours, and a winner will be chosen at random at the completion of each contest.
  • YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE WITHIN 24 HOURS OR WE WILL PICK A NEW WINNER.
  • Once we recieve confirmation from a winner, we will announce it in the comments of the Instagram post, and we’ll update THIS page with the winner’s names and/or handles below.

A preview of this year’s prizes (subject to change) and winners:

 

Day One: Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for FOUR people

(Winner: Kristen W.)

Day Two: Six bottles of Texas Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil

(Winner: Stephanie L.)

Day Three: A Craft Cocktail Party delivered to your home or business from Sourced Craft Cocktails

(Winner: Tiffany B.)

Day Four: A $100 gift card to NXNW Restaurant from Sur512 Apartments

(Winner: Harris B.)

Day Five: Driving experiences for TWO in your choice of a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Fittipaldi Exotic Driving

Day Six: A Private Chef’s Dinner for 8 people at Coast Bar + Kitchen from Favor Delivery

Day Seven: Diamond Stud Earrings from Bailey Banks & Biddle

Day Eight: A shopping experience from The Domain Austin

Day Nine: Four tickets to the game of your choice from The Escape Game Austin

 

Thank you as always for following 365 Things Austin, and GOOD LUCK!

We’ll also be running daily giveaways on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to visit there as well.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, please email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

After 12 years in the heart of downtown, the owners of the iconic Jackalope have decided to open a second location in Austin’s South Shore district. And hooray for us all, they are throwing a grand opening party for the ages!

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The party on Saturday will have live screen-printing of limited edition Jackalope shirts, Austin Tattoo Co. onsite doing some live works of art, an interactive photo booth to document the occasion, Mr. Sparkle (a rare beer from Austin Beer Works that only unveils itself for the best of parties), DJ’s, dancing, free swag, and much more!

This new location has a  large parking lot, ample street parking, a large indoor space, and a beautiful patio to match—so it’s got everything basically. Whether you’re coming for a burger and beer, or to hang out and catch up with some friends, you will be happy and comfortable.

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When: Saturday, November 19th

Time: 9 p.m. til close!

Location:
The Jackalope South Shore
523 Tinnin Ford Rd.
Austin, TX 78741

 

 

Pets in Austin have it made. Sunshine, sidewalks, beautiful weather, and parks galore! Now they also have the pack of pet lovers at Kriser’s Natural Pet standing by to help them live happier, healthier lives, naturally.

Founder Brad Kriser was always at his happiest sitting on the floor, surrounded by pets. Upon giving up a career in the dot-com world in 1999, he opened a grooming, daycare, boarding and retail business, seeking a day-to-day life that he could be more passionate about. In doing so, Brad also discovered the benefits of feeding his pets an all-natural diet and vowed to stock only natural products in his stores.

Fast forward 10+ years, and Brad is still happiest on the floor surrounded by pets, only now that floor is in one of his Kriser’s Natural Pet stores, including the newest one on Research Blvd (next to Sprouts).

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“I love our stores, our customers and the Kriser’s Pack so much, and feel honored to get to do as a career,” says Brad, with a content grin. “Having all the pets and their people around, educating pet parents, helping organization and rescues with our support, and getting to meet so many new faces…it just makes me feel great about why we turn on the lights every day. Each store is a new opportunity to help a group of pets discover the healthy pet movement.”

Brad and his entire Kriser’s pack are 100% dedicated to the helping pets in Austin by providing a selection of 3000 items that are Kriser’s Approved. The store is a pet paradise, with an array of natural food, treats, supplies and accessories, all selected by Brad himself, and a professionally staffed grooming salon.

“The items that we call ‘Kriser’s Approved’ are all carefully selected for what they can bring to a pet’s life, whether it’s the best nutrition, toys for physical and mental engagement, or high quality accessories we are proud to carry,” said Brad. “For instance, our food products contain no corn, soy, wheat or animal by-products, and our treats are all sourced from responsible, trusted locations, never from China.”

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While the Kriser’s brand has extended beyond Texas, this family-run business still operates every store like it’s the only one, and Brad has staffed each location with a remarkable group of passionate pet lovers to help ensure the wellness of pets. Brad notes, “We train our Pack Members to be exceptional educators and provide outstanding customer service. We get excited about every customer that allows us to be part of their pet’s lives, and strive to exceed expectations every day. We want Kriser’s to be somewhere that pets and their humans LOVE to visit, not just an errand on their list.”

For more information about Kriser’s, Kriser’s Approved brands, and store hours and events, please visit www.krisers.com.

Creek Show 2016 is just around the corner, and this year you’ll have 10 nights to see the amazing art and light installations downtown along Waller Creek. The show is designed to highlight Waller Creek and its future transformation into a series of urban parks.

This year Creek Show 2016 will offer an expanded children’s program with kid-focused programming from partners like The Thinkery and Austin Bat Cave on a number of nights. Visitors can use their wristbands to receive all kinds of wonderful benefits from surrounding restaurants, music venues, and more.

For more information visit our Sneak Preview of the 2016 Show.

Note: All events are subject to change.

NOVEMBER 10

OPENING NIGHT

Live DJ Set
6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck
Corduroi, BoomBaptist, Selva Oscura, and Darius Gibson
Produced by Empire Control Room & Garage and Heard Entertainment

Dance Waterloo
This local dance troupe will preview December’s Panorama Playground creekside.

Food & Drink Specials
Grab a wristband at the WCC Info Table to unlock tons of specials near Waller Creek and in the Red River Cultural District.

Free Show in CB’s Lounge
8pm (doors), Stubb’s
Hilary York with members of The Ripe

NOVEMBER 11

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

The Thinkery
6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck
These stations will allow children to explore electricity and fluorescence. Activities will include Circuit Blocks & Glowing Senses and Bubbles.

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck
Grow Green: WPD will have information about gardening to protect your creek’s watershed.  There will be lots of useful tips and native seed packets to take home.

GENERATION WALLER MONSTER BASH
7pm-9pm, The Gatsby
Happy Hour hosted by WCC’s young leaders group, Generation Waller. This event is a great way to get plugged in to Waller Creek as an advocate or volunteer. Come meet up, enjoy a DJ set by Dan Gentile (of Flying Turns), and enter the raffle to win great prizes.

NOVEMBER 12

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

The Thinkery
6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck
These stations will allow children to explore electricity and fluorescence. Activities will include Circuit Blocks & Glowing Senses and Bubbles.

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck
Grow Green: WPD will have information about gardening to protect your creek’s watershed.  There will be lots of useful tips and native seed packets to take home.

FREE SHOW
So Official
9pm (doors), Empire Control Room & Garage (patio), all ages, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 13

GUIDED TOUR OF WALLER CREEK – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
5:30pm-7pm, meet at Historic German Free School, Registration capped at 20
Carolyn Wright, co-author of Austin’s Waller Creek, will be your guide for this informative tour hosted by the German Texas Heritage Society. For reservations please contact Carolyn at 512-343-7205 or at carolynwright7@gmail.com with your name, contact information and number of reservations.

NOVEMBER 14

CREEK SHOW OPEN
6pm-10pm, Waller Creek, between 5th and 8th Streets

NOVEMBER 15

2016 CREEK SHOW 2016 ARTIST TALK – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUESTED AT CREEKSHOW.COM

6:30pm-8:30pm, Palm Door on Sabine (401 Sabine)
Artist Talk with all five Creek Show design teams moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. Registration is free and includes admission, drinks, and light refreshments.

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Free Angola Capoeira Society
6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck
This group teaches people of all ages the traditional holistic African Art of capoeira Angola. In it they learn to play music, sing, dance, and play the game of the martial art, capoeira.

FREE SHOWS

Raise Her Voice Concert Series
9pm (doors), Cheer Up Charlies, 21+, Free with Creek Show wristband
Raise Her Voice concert series is the freshest way to discover new up and-coming female artists based in Austin, Texas.
Performances by Mélat Kay, Amea, Cara Bishop, and Raynna. Vibes Directed by Michelle Umachi.

Ulovei Residency / Dump Dump
9pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 16

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

The Edge of Imagination Station
6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck
Do you want to bring your ideas to life? Using materials such as chalk, paper, and 3D objects you can create your own stop motion animated sequence with The Edge of Imagination Station.

FREE SHOW

Road to Euphoria x HE^RD Presents: Space Jesus at The Chop Shop
9pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 17

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

The Edge of Imagination Station
6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck
Do you want to bring your ideas to life? Using materials such as chalk, paper, and 3D objects you can create your own stop motion animated sequence with The Edge of Imagination Station.

Attendance Records presents Field Notes: A Mobile Recording Box
6pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn
Step into the unknown and feel inspired by your surroundings. Record your inner thoughts through song, spoken word, ramblings, or any noise you see fit in the moment. All noise will be compiled into a special Creek Show field recording to be showcased on the next Attendance Records album.

FREE SHOW
Bourgeois Mystics
8pm (doors), Mohawk (Indoors), all ages
Bourgeois Mystics headlines with Interrobang, Arc Iris, and Dayeater

NOVEMBER 18

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Austin Bat Cave
6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck
At Austin Bat Cave’s installation, kids and adults alike will have the experience of “becoming a tree” through projected imagery. A digital storybook will be created and displayed using crowd-sourced descriptive words of the experience.

Attendance Records presents Field Notes: A Mobile Recording Box
6pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn
Step into the unknown and feel inspired by your surroundings. Record your inner thoughts through song, spoken word, ramblings, or any noise you see fit in the moment. All noise will be compiled into a special Creek Show field recording to be showcased on the next Attendance Records album.

FREE & FEATURED SHOWS

Pure Ground Rock & Roll at Empire Control Room & Garage
7pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, $2 off entry with Creek Show wristband

Join Julian Acosta for his Single Release party with Swimming with Bears, Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, and Eric Burton. Your Creek Show wristband gets you $2 off at the door and a drink special inside.

Moving Panoramas
8pm (door), Cheer Up Charlies, 21, Free with Creek Show wristband

Moving Panoramas headlines with Roses, Food Group, Ramesh, RG Lowe (of Balmorhea)

NOVEMBER 19

CLOSING NIGHT

Country Music at Waller Creek
7pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn, family-friendly
Live country music from Austin’s own The Rated Ex’s, The Ugly Beats, Jana Horn, and Elaine Greer.

Creek Week Cook-Out: Country Music & Dance Lessons
10pm-2am, Barracuda, 21+
Two stepping lessons from Jaime Moreno (10pm) and live music from Bobby Marlar, The Dollar Generals, and Rattlesnake Milk.

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Austin Bat Cave
6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck
At Austin Bat Cave’s installation, kids and adults alike will have the experience of “becoming a tree” through projected imagery. A digital storybook will be created and displayed using crowd-sourced descriptive words of the experience.

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS IN RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT! (with free wristband)
Pick up your free wristband at the Waller Creek Conservancy info table to take advantage of these nightly offers during Creek Show 2016, November 10-19.

Arlo’s
$2 off orders of $8 or more with wristband. (Valid Nov 10, 11, 12 & Nov 17, 18, 19)

Daruma
$2 off ramen with wristband, all nights.

Empire Control Room and Garage
Use coupon code CREEKSHOW to purchase tickets for shows Nov 10-19 at empireatx.com.

Esther’s Follies
20% discount at door with wristband, all nights

Hilton Garden Inn
10% off Bar Menu and $5 domestic beers and wines with wristband, all nights.

Hoboken Pies
$2 slices special with wristband, all nights.

Hotel Indigo / Holiday Inn Express
15% discount for rooms & Red River Tavern with wristband, all nights.

Jim Jim’s
10% off on orders over $5 with wristband, all nights.

The Gatsby
20% off drinks with wristband, all nights.

Stubb’s BBQ
20% off in the restaurant, all nights.

Waller Creek Pub House
$1 off select beers and $3 Lonestar with wristband, all nights.

A friend duo hailing from Mexico had a vision to bring authentic tacos to Austin. Seven years ago, their vision came to life when they opened their first taco trailer called One Taco. You may remember their name from our Breakfast Taco Taste Off earlier this year where they took home 1st prize with the Jefe Taco. If there’s one arena in Austin that’s difficult to enter and come out on top, it’s the taco arena. But Tony Avila and Axel Beverido found a way to win over the taco loving appetites of Austin.

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Recently, their dream of opening a Brick and Mortar became a reality. And trust us, it’s a place where taco dreams really do come true. They kill it all day long serving breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos. From the “Big Kahuna” to the Gowalla Taco to the 5 de Pastor, you can’t go wrong. Our most recent visit even included the Pancake Taco. Yes, the Pancake Taco.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-up order, for a place to eat tacos and drink a few beers with your buddies, or a family-friendly hang out, do yourself this one favor. Check out One Taco.

Location:
Brick and Mortar
12200 Research Blvd. #400
Austin, Texas

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6th & Nueces
Austin, Texas 78701

http://eatonetaco.com

Big things are happening in your life all the time—things you really want to remember. There are birthday parties, housewarmings, weddings, showers, going-away happy hours, and holidays with the fam. Since research shows that we can’t be in the moment and take a photo of it, too—wouldn’t it be nice to put down your iPhone and let someone else capture it all for a change?

A new local company called Kandid.ly wants to disrupt the stressful process of hiring a professional photographer and make the experience much easier for everyone, while also making better photography more accessible. The site lets you compare local photographers, ranging in style and price, and then book them at a price that works for you.

Kandid.ly verifies their photographers’ identity, making it safe for you to connect with them. They also use a secure service to process your payment and the photographer gets paid only when you receive your photos.

There are basically infinite ways to use this service, but a few came to our mind right away:

Idea # 1: Your next party, birthday, or corporate event.

 

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Kandid.ly captured by Rodney Martinez

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Kandid.ly captured by Cassandra Klepac


Idea # 2: Portraits for dating profiles and LinkedIn

 

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Kandid.ly captured by Cassandra Klepac

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Kandid.ly captured by John Marcus


Idea # 3: Adorable photos of your pets!

 

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Kandid.ly captured by Liz Moskowitz

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Kandid.ly captured by Ellie Chavez


Idea # 4: Personal paparazzi. Beyonce has one, why shouldn’t you? – #squadgoals #weekendwarriors

 

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Kandid.ly captured by Josh Lona

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Kandid.ly captured by Kayla Snell


Idea # 5: Because you really don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime shot: Engagement photos!

Kandid.ly captured by Liz Moskowitz

Kandid.ly captured by Cary Noel

Planning the ultimate day in Austin just got much easier! We’re excited to unveil the 365 Planner on our site and mobile apps, an interactive way to map out everything you don’t want to miss while you’re keeping it weird in Austin.

Designed with our partners at Visit Widget, this tool is an interactive way to explore everything the city has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, shops, bars, and landmarks. View it all at once or search by categories like Music, Coffee Shops, Breweries, Parks, Family, and Free Fun.

See a live show you don’t want to miss? Click “Join” and the venue will be added to your plan.

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That restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add to Plan” and you won’t forget to try it.

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If you’ve got friends in town you can even share your plan with them directly.

No need to waste another sheet of paper – planning is now digital. With this planner, 365 Things Austin can help you get organized and maximize your stay.

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Already on your way to Austin? Download the app for your iPhone or Android and take your plan with you!

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1. Visit The Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure and a great place to learn about Texas history and the Texas Legislature.

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Free Tours are available daily: 

Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sun: Noon – 3:30 pm

 


2. Climb To The Top Of The Baylor Street Art Wall

This is one of those Austin stops that uniquely captures the essence of Austin. Once slated to be a condo project that ended up not materializing, the concert foundation has become a canvas for local graffiti artists. It is constantly changing, just like the city. While there be sure to climb to the top to get a great view of the city.  Location: 11th & Baylor Street

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3. Hop On An Austin Eats Food Tour

Calling all foodies. One of the best ways to explore a city is with your mouth! Austin Eats Food Tours offers a variety of options (walking and bus tours) that will allow you to try curated offerings of the city’s best eats with knowledgeable guides and NO LINES!

 


4. Test Your Skills At The Escape Game Austin

If you’re looking for an escape room in Austin, this one has been our favorite by a landslide. They have multiple experiences to choose from, (and we’ve loved them all) but ‘Gold Rush’ is our number one recommendation, with ‘Prison Break’ (pictured below) as a close second!


5. Watch The Congress Avenue Bats At Sunset

The Congress Bridge plays home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. About 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats call the Congress Bridge home from Spring to early Fall as they migrate north.

 Each night around dusk the bats start their evening flight. It normally starts with a single bat leaving the bridge and quickly turns into a steady flow of countless bats in search of food. It’s one of those things that is truly unexplainable until you see it first hand.

Many people choose to watch from the Congress Bridge but the real treat is seeing it from the water.  Capital Cruises offers great bat watching tours. You can also rent them privately which  make for great birthdays or corporate events. Here’s an insider secret, if you don’t have a big group look into Duffy Boat rentals. I do them every time I have company in town and they’re always a hit!

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6. Paddleboard, Kayak, Or Canoe On Lady Bird Lake

One of the best ways to check out Downtown Austin is from the water. Lady Bird Lake (or Town Lake as some locals call it) runs from the Westside of the city, all the way past Highway 35 into East Austin. The water is calm enough for a peaceful day trip or a sunset paddle. Be sure to bring your beverage of choice and a waterproof camera or ziplock bag for your phone; you’re going to want to take pictures!

The Rowing Dock is located on the Southern shore of the lake just West of MoPac (Loop 1), and they offer a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, and Stand Up Paddle-boards for rental at competitive prices.

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7. Relax Outdoors At Zilker Park 

Zilker Park is a 351 acre, dog-friendly park situated in the heart of Austin. It serves as a hub for many special events such as ACL, SWSW, The Zilker Kite Festival and many more. The park offers many different types of fun outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

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8. Start Your Own Bike Gang

There’s no feeling “tourist-y” while cruising around town on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike.  Create your own bike gang and experience the city like you never have before.

Tours run daily, and passengers ride for free!  Kids are welcome.  7yrs+ to ride and 16+ to drive. It’s an incredible bonding experience for couples, families, friends, or co-workers.  


9. Starting October 2nd, 2017: FREE Local Walking Tours

Tipster, Austin’s first tip-based, or pay-what-you like, walking tours of the city will be super fun, affordable, and a great experience for visitors and locals alike. With no set fees, these tours start October 2nd, and cover everything from exploring Austin’s Gem the Green Belt, to our deep rooted music history, all the weirdness of South Congress, the mega hip East side and it’s art, the legends of the Capitol and the ins and outs of the University of Texas. Tipster will share local stories and history, all while stopping for Austin treats and libations along the way! Tipster is making Austin part of a world-wide movement bringing pay-what-you-like walking tours to everyone from backpackers to local business people. Sign us up!


10. Go For A Hike

Central Texas is often referred to as the gateway to the Hill Country, and with those hills come beautiful trails, streams, and greenbelts that are absolutely perfect for outdoor adventures.

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11. Take A Dip In A Local Swimming Hole

Barton Springs Pool is situated at the grounds of Zilker Park. It is a must-go-to place in the summer to cool off, with a 68 degree temperature all year round.

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The closest thing to an oasis you’ll likely ever see. This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone, and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! Admittance is around $15 per vehicle, and the park usually reaches occupancy by 10am on hot summer days, so arrive early. It’s also a good idea to call before you head out as the preserve is often closed for swimming due to high bacteria levels (most commonly in the days following a rainstorm).

I almost don’t even want to share this with you, as it’s one of my favorite places on earth. But hey, welcome to   Austin- I suppose you have just as much a right to enjoy this gem as I do. This family-owned property in Spicewood Springs is what dreams are made of. Natural springs fill a concrete swimming pool on the upper part of the property and the runoff flows via waterfall into the lagoon-like swimming hole down below. You definitely don’t feel like you’re in Central Texas when you spend a day out here.

This is easily one of the most popular hiking trails in the city. Unfortunately, it has been many moons since water was at bottom of the greenbelt, but it still makes for a great hike. There are over seven miles of trails that you can hike, run, or bike.


12. Explore Rainey Street


The most well known party-street in Austin is still 6th Street, but in recent years Rainey Street has given it a run for its money. There are a plethora of older homes that have been turned into bars, and most of them have great outdoor patios. There are also several really great dining options in the neighborhood as well.


13. Be A Daredevil With Lake Travis Zipline Adventures 

Thrill seekers; come one, come all! This thrilling adventure over Lake Travis will get your blood pressure pumping. Even with the lake levels low, the views while zip-lining are absolutely incredible and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Be prepared to reach speeds of 60 mph.

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14. Try Trailer Food 

There is no escaping the “trailer eatery” craze in Austin. You can find anything from sushi to cupcakes served fresh out of a trailer. Plan a day and try to eat each meal of the day from a different trailer eatery. A few of our favorites include Veracruz All Natural, Burro Cheese, East Side Kings, and Patrizi’s.


15. Float the San Marcos River

Just 30 minutes south of Austin, the San Marcos river is the ultimate destination for the dog days of summer. Pack up a cooler (no glass), a waterproof bag for the items you don’t want to get wet, and our friends at Austin Tour Company will take care of the rest! Floats are available Friday-Sunday all summer long.

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16. Cheer On A Texas Sport 

It doesn’t matter if you went to The University of Texas. Come Saturdays in the fall, Austin becomes a city obsessed with football. If you can’t score tickets to the game, you can still find a place to tailgate (that’s half the fun)! Something about being in the land of Texas football just makes you feel alive.


17. Explore Local Museums

Austin offers many free museums.  Learn about History, Culture, Music, and Art! This is a fun activity for families to experience, explore and enjoy at no cost.


18. Catch A Flick At Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse is a well-known movie theater which offers food and drink service inside, while enjoying a movie. This theater also host different types of events and showings of all-time favorite classics first run movies. For a real treat go for a Quote-A-Long or Master Pancake showing.


19. Learn About Cheese In An Antonelli’s Cheese Class

It doesn’t matter if you’re true cheese aficionado or a more casual cheese eater; an evening at one of Antonelli’s cheese classes is a must.

Be prepared for an evening of all things cheese. You’ll hear cheese stories, learn some history, and of course sample tons of cheese. You can bring your own beverages for a small corking fee.


20. Listen To Live Music 

You can’t come to the “Live Music Capital of The World” and not listen to live music, how unAustin of you. The Austin music scene is incomparable to any other, whatever genre of music you are feeling you will surely find it here in Austin any day. Don’t know where to start? A few of our favorite venues are Emo’s, Stubb’s, ACL Live,  and Mohawk

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21. Take A Stroll Down South Congress

Eclectic, hip, fashionable, and funky all combined. Surrounded by numerous restaurants, shops and music venues.

Two of our favorite stops are side by side. Triple Z Threadz is quickly becoming the must see Austin shop for everything quirky, cool, and comedic! Not only will you enjoy a unique Austin experience – you will find exactly what you want (that you didn’t know you were looking for). Known for their hilarious embroidered apparel, instagram-able housewares, and 70s inspired interiors – this shop will leave you in awe.

Limbo Jewelry has made its mark on South Congress since arriving at the Austin art scene in 2003. This shop is one of the most recognized storefronts with a perfectly curated selection of handmade goods from talented local artisans. Their in-house jewelry brand has been featured by major publications such as @DesignMilk for it’s original aesthetic and wearability. While shopping here you’ll feel refreshed by the store’s clean, minimalist shopping experience.


22. Embark on a Brewery Tour

Looking for a departure from the 6th Street bars? Austin is regularly ranked as one of the top cities in the nation for craft brewing. Take a tasting tour of the local microbreweries such as Jester King, Hops & Grain, and Austin Beerworks. Drink yummy craft beer, meet awesome people.


23. Eat Good Food 

Austin has some of the best restaurants. With different variety of restaurants that caters to any taste. Best time to explore Austin’s restaurant is during Austin Restaurant Week, partake and dine at the finest restaurants throughout the city with a lower priced menu. Some of our current favorites are Perla’sEast Side PiesQuiElizabeth Street CafeJustine’sJosephine House, June’s and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.


24. Attend An Austin Festival Or Special Event

Austin is home to many fun festivals and special events all year round. There is always something celebrate and there is always something to do or go to.

Festivals and Events:

Keep Austin Weird 5K, Austin Fine Arts Festival, Austin Marathon, Zilker Kite Festival, Austin Film Festival, Trail of Lights, Hot Sauce Festivals and many more.


25. Hike Up Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is considered the highest point in Austin at 775 feet. It is a popular tourist destination to view the city of Austin, Lake Austin and surrounding hills.


Bonus – Eeyore’s Birthday

Eeyore’s Birthday is a festival scheduled on the last Saturday of April in Austin’s Pease Park celebrating Eeyore’s birthday from Winnie the Pooh.This event is filled with fun things you can enjoy such as live music, drum circles, food and drinks which benefits local non-profit organizations.  Attendants are encouraged to dress up in costumes.