Things to do in Austin, TX


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Hot Tips: In summer, always bring sunblock and water to any outdoor event. Texas heat is scorching!

Caution: Parking can be a premium downtown and in neighborhoods like Rainey Street and East Austin. Consider using a service like Uber, Car2go or a pedicab.

Avoid: Being disappointed by a venue that's closed when you arrive; always check the website or call ahead for hours or reservations if needed.

Hot Tips: Austin's unique vibe means that many boutique hotels have their own distinct personality, so check out several to find one that's your style.

Caution: There are three chain hotels right at the airport, with several others within a 15 minute radius.

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Be Sure to Sample: Entrees from at least one of Austin's funky but fabulous food trailers!

Take It or Leave It: Skip the chain food restaurants. Ask about establishments that are local favorites instead.

Avoid: Avoid taking IH-35 if you are short on time or have a reservation. Traffic can be a nightmare between 4-7pm on the weekends.

Take It or Leave It: Parking can be an issue at some venues. Call ahead to see if valet service is available, or use public transportation, taxi or other services.

Hot Tips: Pick up a copy of the Austin Chronicle (available free at many local businesses) to see up-to-date concert, show and event times.

Caution: When attending concerts and live music events, advance purchase of tickets may be the only thing to get you in the door.

Hot Tips: Ask shop owners if you can be put on the VIP mailing list. It often qualifies your for an instant discount!

Caution: Parking can be brutal on the weekends. Channel your inner rockstar and visit boutiques and independent shops for local flavor.

Best Local Souvenir: Pick up a T-shirt that says "Keep Austin Weird" - even locals wear them!

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Things to do in Austin