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Old 07-17-2019, 04:40 PM
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My mom and I are going to Austin for two days ( We are Lufkin natives). I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for these to do around town? We are both big Supernatural fans so we will visit Jensen Ackles's brewery, but after that things are up in the air.


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Old 07-17-2019, 04:53 PM
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I really want to go to the LBJ museum which is in Austin. If you are a history person, that would be cool. I think I'm going to make it life goal to go to every Presidential museum. So far, I've done 3. Two more this summer and 1 more this fall.
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LBJ Library and Museum is located on the UT campus but since it is summer parking should not be too difficult. They have great special exhibits. The one right now is the history of Motown Records.

http://www.lbjlibrary.org

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a great museum about the history of the lone start state. They have an interactive theater which is fun. They also have an IMAX theater there. The museum houses a restaurant if needed.This is also in the UT area.

https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

Across from The Bob Bullock is The Blanton Art Museum. Very nice art museum.

https://blantonmuseum.org/

If you go to the downtown Congress Bridge as it is turning dark you will see the colony of Mexican Free Tailed bats leave to hunt for their food for the night. It is a nursery colony of females and babies. They come in March each year and stay till October.

https://www.austintexas.org/things-t.../bat-watching/

Barton Springs is a natural swimming pool in Zilker Park close to downtown. It is big an beautiful. The water is very cold since it is spring fed. Zilker Gardens are also there.

http://www.austintexas.gov/departmen...n-springs-pool

The state capitol might be of interest to you.

https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/disc...-state-capitol

Climb the stairs up to the highest point in Austin on Mount Bonnell and see the beauty of the city plus the lake.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...tin_Texas.html

I recommend these restaurants.

Hut's Hamburgers. Very yummy! Been there for years and closing in October.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...tin_Texas.html

Matt's El Rancho. Mexican food/ Tex Mex

https://mattselrancho.com/

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Old 07-18-2019, 12:53 AM
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Go see the bats! We went on a boat tour and it but was so cool to see them all take off at the same time and learn a little bit of their history and biology. The tour guide also gave a mini-tour of the waterfront area.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:42 AM
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Reading your post was like walking down memory lane ❤ I spent every summer at Barton Springs and Zilker Park. We took field trips to LBJ and the history museum, Mrs. Bairds bread factory and the Dr Pepper bottling factory. The I-35 caves are great too!


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Old 07-18-2019, 10:36 AM
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http://www.capitalcruises.com/bat-watching/

SOCO or South Congress is a fun area close by the bridge. Lots of food trucks, restaurants and unique shopping stores. Lucy in Disguise is my fav. It is filled with costumes and vintage clothing. Home Slice pizza is supposed to be the best pizza but I have never made it there to try. A student teacher that I had some years back raved about the taste. This area has that "KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD" vibe.

http://www.doingthestreets.com/southcongress
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