Austin's Top 10 Things to Do

Austin has many wonderful places and ventures that could be added to a Top 10 list of things to do. I have made a short list of some of my favorites, in no particular order.

  • Sixth Street festivals and holidays. One of my favorite times of year to people watch on 6th Street is Halloween. It is a gas. Other fun times are New Years and St. Patrick's Day.
  • Outlet Malls. Take your pick: San Marcos or Round Rock--depending on how much time you have and how bullish you are feeling about crowds. If you are really up for an adventure, do the outlets on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. This is the Texas version of running with the Bulls. 
  • Lakes, Lakes and more Lakes. Austin is about the lakes.
  • Attend SXSW. Need I say more?
  • Segway Tours. If you have been in downtown Austin for more than a week, you have seen them, but you may not know how much fun they are--really! This is the most fun you will have this year. You won't even mind that fact that people are watching you when you pass by. Fun, fun, fun 'till daddy takes the T-bird away.
  • The capitol building. If you have never been through it, taken the tour, heard the story--you are missing out. Did you know that this building was designed to be just taller than the nation's capitol, and missed the mark, but the mistake was corrected with the glorious status that now adorns the top of the capitol dome?
  • Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park. Such a wonderful piece of unique Austin landscape. 
  • Bats. Of course, no Austin Top 10 list would be complete without mention of the bat bridge on Congress. But if you want to get up-close and personal with these Mexican mosquito killers, drive north on I-35 to McNeil street in Round Rock, just past the I-45 tollway fly-overs. This bridge is home to hundreds of thousands of bats as well. The difference is that the viewing area is under the bridge, and is so very close to the bats that you don't hurt your neck watching them. 
  • Hill and Wine country. If you want to have a relaxing weekend on the river, among the wineries, in the old German country side of Greater Austin, you are oh so close. 
  • Golf. The Austin area is home to more than 25 golf courses--some of which have expert slope ratings, and prices that start so very, very cheap. You will not find nicer golf courses, at better prices anywhere. Golf for all levels of experience and lessons available for those who have not yet started their addiction. I recommend that you find a course that has a Player Development Program (PDP) to get started or to hone your game. The cost is small, and the professional lessons are outstanding. 
Austin is such a wonderful place to live. This list would be different for each person who lives here and the response to each list would be "Oh, yeah--that too!".


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