Austin - To Do/Bucket List

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Moved to Austin a year ago. What are the things one has to do to enjoy Austin to its fullest. TIA
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Son went to an iFLY birthday party yesterday; the video looked awesome, made my bucket list. Barton Springs, Deep Eddy, Lake Travis, Krause Springs, Pedernales Falls, Devils Hole, Blue Hole, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Colorado Bend, The Slab; I know I missed some; Most of what's good here is the Hill Country.
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Hike and Bike trail, Cloak Room (haven't been yet), bats, get stuck in MoPac or I35 or Lamar or 183 or 290 or etc. traffic.
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Hamilton Pool
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Green Belt to check out the falls
Franklin BBQ
360 Bridge lookout
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Dam sliding at Mansfield Dam on Coopers Boatdock side. That is Lake Austin just below the dam.
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Congress bridges bats are something you should see.

Spend a Saturday or Sunday wandering around South Congress and judge hipsters.

Catch a concert at Stubbs.

Brunch at Moonshine.
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Sunday Afternoon at Ginny's Little Longhorn for free chili dogs and Chicken **** bingo. Dale Watson usually plays.
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Alamo Drafthouse - catch a movie, drink some TX beer
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The Oasis (for the view)
Huts
Whole Foods HQ
Waterloo records
Watch the Aggies beat the Horns at DKR (oops)
Live music at Antones, Stubbs, ACL-Live, ACL, The Backyard, or other venue of choice.
Blues on the Green
Formula 1 race
Matts El Rancho
Trudys
Austin Land and Cattle

No new-era hipster place should be on this list.

Some things I've been fortunate to do here:

Saw Lake Travis when it was a 711'
Saw the Fabulous Thunderbirds multiple times but most memorable was at Club Foot
Been to the original Antones
Saw Angela Strehli at a small club (gone now) on Barton Springs Blvd.
Ate at the original Chuys when there was only one
Been to Hamilton Pool when it was privately owned land (people could jump from the crown)
Saw a bald eagle at Lake Buchanan
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On the bald eagle front, in the winter time (Feb-March), you should drive out to the nest near Llano and check them out, then go to Cooper's BBQ for lunch. You can include Enchanted Rock on the way back, as that should be a more temperate time to hike and the air will be clearer in the winter.

Running the Capitol 10K is a big rite of passage. Crowded, yes.

Schlitterbahn in the summer time, and/or tubing on a river.

Mt. Bonnell, getting some Amy's ice cream at the arboretum and sitting on the cow statues, enchiladas at Dart Bowl across the street from McCallum HS, canoeing Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) from Mopac up around Red Bud Isle and back, eating lunch afterwards at Hula Hut and/or getting some coffee at Mozart's.
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I'd like to suggest taking a show at Esther's Follies. Their production is about as Austin as it gets.
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Good suggestion. Don't need to go every year. But it is an Austin original and well worth it.
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Spend a Saturday afternoon at hippie hollow swimming.
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Only you are into old nekid dirty hippies.....
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urinate wherever you want. Must be behind a tree, bush or dumpster for #2.

Nasty place.

Had a meeting yesterday about a project on Cesar ch. and there was a pile right behind us.
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Barton Springs
Broken Spoke
Trudy's
Flip Happy Crepes
The Grove
AggieDem
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Enchiladas at Dart Bowl.
Mookie
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El aggie has great suggestions!
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Shop at the HEB on Oltouf and Congress on a Saturday!

Saxon Pub.

Shoal Creek Salon.

Deep Eddy Pool.

Deep Eddy Cararet.
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Enchiladas at Dart Bowl.

Dart Bowl is less than a mile from us, I've got to go. All I ever hear is how good the enchiladas are.
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Sandra Bullock - when she's in town.
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In town or out-of- town.
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I'm going to compile this thread into a single list and add items as they appear in the thread.

Aggie Stuff:
Capital City A&M Club Muster in the House Chamber
Capital City A&M Club Coach's Night
Yell practice at the Capitol (oops...)
Visit the Land Office (Rudder Building), TexDOT (Greer Building), and Bergstrom Field, all of which are named for Fightin' Texas Aggies!
Speaker/Dinner series at River Place Country Club
Aggie Night at the Dell Diamond

Political/Historical stuff:
Read Caro's first volume on LBJ. Before 1940, LBJ's life is bound up with the local history of this place to a degree that is honestly startling.
Attend session at 3AM when the galleries are PACKED!
Lobby your legislator on a topic about which you are militant.
Guided tour of the Capitol
Read The Gay Place.
LBJ library
State Cemetery
Drinks at the Stephen F.
Drinks at Cloak Room
Bullock Museum
Drinks at the Headliners'
Drinks at the Austin Club
Lunch at DKR/stadium club
Lunch at the Austin Club
OLD General Land Office building
Pioneer Farms
Duck Tour

Food
Dinner at Guerro's
Dinner at Threadgill's on Lamar
Milkshake at Dirty's
Pizza at Home Slice
Pasta at Siena
Any meal at Whole Foods Mothership
Breakfast at The Omlettery
Breakfast at Original Kerby Lane
Dinner at the Driskill Grill
Dinner at Hudson's (get the fish)
Dinner at Green Pastures
Coffee/Pastries at Quacks - they bake the pastries for 90% of Austin's independent coffee.
Dinner at Wink
Dinner at Jeffrey's
Lunch or dinner at Casa de Luz
Brisket @ Franklin BBQ
Meat coma at original Salt Lick
Dinner at Fonda San Miguel
Tiff's Treats

Dog and Kid
Red Bud Island (if you have a dog)
Easter Egg Hunt at Laguna Gloria
Nutcracker
Austin Zoo
Thinkery
Austin Wildlife Sanctuary
Zilker Zephyr
Austin Steam Train
Turtle Pond behind the t.u. tower
Inner Space Cavern
Ice Skating at Whole Foods HQ at Christmas, followed by the gelato.

Cultural
John Elee's Christmas Carol Singalong at the Capitol
Summer movies at the Paramount
Opening night party at Austin Opera
The Fete (Ballet Austin)
Go to a party at Laguna Gloria
Blanton
Texas Book Festival
Austin Tuba Christmas


Outdoor and Austin Oddness
Run the hike and bike trail downtown
Walk the Barton Creek Greenbelt from Scottish Woods to Zilker.
Keep Austin Weird 5k. It is weird.
Downtown fireworks
Bats
Bull Creek Greenbelt
First Thursday
Go check out a protest.
Climb Mount Bonnell.
MLK parade
Swim at Barton Springs
Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center
Boat Lake Travis
Mansfield Dam
Wild Basin Preserve
Austin F1 Fan Fest downtown (no, I haven't been able to stomach a trip to the race itself)

The near abroad
Bread at Baguette et Chocolat in Bee Cave
Glass boat tour of Aquarena Springs
Tube the Comal
Baseball at Round Rock
Swim at the Blue Hole / Weekend in Wimberly
Raft the Guadalupe
Visit Hamilton Pool
Enchanted Rock/ Weekend in Fredericksburg
Eat French food in Castroville
Gruene
LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson City

Things that I have not tried but want to try soon:
French Legation
Ransom Center
LBJ ranch
Tower tour
Christmas Tea at Driskill (if you have a daughter)
Museum at Camp Mabry
The Lookout over the lake at Pennybacker Bridge/360
Christmas Gingerbread workshop at Thinkery
iFly
Mabry military museum
Deep Eddy,
Krause Springs,
Pedernales Falls,
Devils Hole,
Colorado Bend,
The Slab
Cypress Valley Ziplining
Tour of Governor's Mansion


Potcake
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Good list. Some of those would cost you street cred on the Politics board, though.
Vestal_Flame
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I have 8 years as a GOP precinct chairman in 85% democratic precincts (in 78704 and 78723). Men with scars don't need street cred..
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But, yeah. My experience of this town is what you get when you live ten years within 6 miles of the Capitol and are married to a feminist documentary film teacher at t.u..

Along those lines, if you can wiggle an invitation to the private club inside of DKR for lunch, it's an interesting crowd (though somber of late).

FWIW, the coolest private club in town is the Austin Club (old 19th century opera house), and the Headliner's club tends to have the most interesting events.

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Potcake
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Along those lines, if you can wiggle an invitation to the private club inside of DKR for lunch, it's an interesting crowd (though somber of late).

Yep, we've been there, before last A&M basketball game, and also the one at the Drum a couple of times.
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Whoop!
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The longhorns never look better than when at our feet.
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One other thing, you're not really from Austin unless you've played in a rock band, made a film or been laid off by a tech startup
JMH
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VF, looks like this thread was made for you, ha. There are several things on here I've done, many more that I haven't. The ones I do want to check off, are mostly outside of Austin. How much Hill Country can Austin claim? I consider Austin to be bound by its city limits. I live in Round Rock/Cedar Park and it is not "Austin."

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Austin is a city near the Hill Country. This thread points to a lot of things in the Hill Country that Austinites should do, but Austin is no larger than its corporate boundaries, and in some areas is smaller.
tamufan
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Despite the above, I am going to interpret Austin as the greater Austin metro area. (Perhaps Austin is sometimes bigger than the city limits....)

Round Rock Express Baseball

(Cedar Park) Texas Stars Hockey

Rollergirls

Cypress Valley Ziplining

Do something on the water on Town Lake (Paddleboard, kayak, canoe...)

Do something on the water on Lake Austin. (Ski, obviously.)

Vestal_Flame
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Is anyone celebrating Bastille Day at the French Legation this weekend?
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