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Loving Austin

Kathleen And Nick
Kathleen And Nick
Lid sinds 2011
Kathleen And Nick

Loving Austin

Coffee
Basically our fav category. Places to relax, meet people, read a book, be yourself.
This is one of our two neighborhood coffee shops. The drinks and food are great! Sometimes they host comedy or music in the evenings.
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Cherrywood Coffeehouse
1400 East 38th 1/2 Street
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This is one of our two neighborhood coffee shops. The drinks and food are great! Sometimes they host comedy or music in the evenings.
One of our two neighborhood coffee shops. Very relaxed. Top-quality coffee. This is the place to go if you want to read or be alone... better for chilling solo than socializing.
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Thunderbird Coffee
2200 Manor Road
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One of our two neighborhood coffee shops. Very relaxed. Top-quality coffee. This is the place to go if you want to read or be alone... better for chilling solo than socializing.
This si an old Austin favorite. Bustling and lively, couched between a cheese shop, a Mexican restaurant, and a cute bar. Happy hour pastries (2 for 1) everyday at 6:30.
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Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
411 East 43rd Street
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This si an old Austin favorite. Bustling and lively, couched between a cheese shop, a Mexican restaurant, and a cute bar. Happy hour pastries (2 for 1) everyday at 6:30.
Food
The most important topic in Austin - food! Every bit as good/affordable/fancy/whatever as any other city you've ever been to - and we're from Houston, so that's saying something.
A delightful, relaxing place to eat dinner. Handmade pastas. Lots of vegan options.
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Patrizi's
2307 Manor Road
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A delightful, relaxing place to eat dinner. Handmade pastas. Lots of vegan options.
A few minutes' drive from our place, this is our favorite Korean food spot outside of Seoul. There's something for everyone, even if Korean food isn't exactly your thing.
Oseyo
1628 E Cesar Chavez St
A few minutes' drive from our place, this is our favorite Korean food spot outside of Seoul. There's something for everyone, even if Korean food isn't exactly your thing.
Great tacos (lots of variety, with vegan options). Cool vibe. Just a nice place to be :)
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Tyson's Tacos
4905 Airport Boulevard
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Great tacos (lots of variety, with vegan options). Cool vibe. Just a nice place to be :)
Sour duck is so great. No matter the time of day or your mood, they have something for everyone. Great happy hour ($3 beers), fun outside seating area. Perfect spot to enjoy the evening.
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Sour Duck Market
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
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Sour duck is so great. No matter the time of day or your mood, they have something for everyone. Great happy hour ($3 beers), fun outside seating area. Perfect spot to enjoy the evening.
Gosh - too good to say. All vegetarian, all from Nigeria. The owner has been making food in Austin for decades. It's in the North Loop's vegan food truck park, so there are other healthy options on-site if this isn't specifically your vibe.
Wasota Vegan Paradise
701 E 53rd St
Gosh - too good to say. All vegetarian, all from Nigeria. The owner has been making food in Austin for decades. It's in the North Loop's vegan food truck park, so there are other healthy options on-site if this isn't specifically your vibe.
The best vegan fare in Austin. It's on Burnet - a few miles West of us - but so worth the drive. All kinds of fun and interesting plates. Cute place to chill with a glass of wine and enjoy a slow meal.
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Citizen Eatery - Vegan food, Paleo food, Gluten free food
5011 Burnet Rd
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The best vegan fare in Austin. It's on Burnet - a few miles West of us - but so worth the drive. All kinds of fun and interesting plates. Cute place to chill with a glass of wine and enjoy a slow meal.
Badass tacos. Run by Racquel for decades, who took it over from her mom. They're only open in the mornings until they sell out, so get there early. Then walk off the tacos with a stroll through the adorable neighborhood.
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Marcelino's
901 Tillery Street
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Badass tacos. Run by Racquel for decades, who took it over from her mom. They're only open in the mornings until they sell out, so get there early. Then walk off the tacos with a stroll through the adorable neighborhood.
One of the finest, coolest dinner spots in Austin. A massive $5-everything happy hour from 4 to 6. Enjoy walking through the neighborhood afterward.
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Licha's Cantina
1306 East 6th Street
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One of the finest, coolest dinner spots in Austin. A massive $5-everything happy hour from 4 to 6. Enjoy walking through the neighborhood afterward.
We don't usually recommend fancy/expensive places - but this spot is amazing! Happy hour until 6:30. Just try everything... especially the ma-po bolognese dish.
Bar Peached
1315 W 6th St
We don't usually recommend fancy/expensive places - but this spot is amazing! Happy hour until 6:30. Just try everything... especially the ma-po bolognese dish.
Amazing tacos!!! Especially the breakfast tacos and tamales. A local favorite. Norma, the owner, is super kind and will go out of her way to make everything just right for you. Handmade everything, including salsa de chili arbol and handmade tortillas (blue corn on request!)
El Mana Mexican Food Truck
Amazing tacos!!! Especially the breakfast tacos and tamales. A local favorite. Norma, the owner, is super kind and will go out of her way to make everything just right for you. Handmade everything, including salsa de chili arbol and handmade tortillas (blue corn on request!)
Such awesome small tacos and tortas. Some of the best in Austin. Everything is grilled (grilled burritos and tortas are essential).
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Las Trancas Taco Stand
1210 E Cesar Chavez St
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Such awesome small tacos and tortas. Some of the best in Austin. Everything is grilled (grilled burritos and tortas are essential).
Wow - damn good tortas. Crazy compilations. Super authentic norteno food.
El Chilango
701-755 Provines Dr
Wow - damn good tortas. Crazy compilations. Super authentic norteno food.
Very simply - amazing BBQ.
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Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Avenue
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Very simply - amazing BBQ.
Amazing savory pancakes (pear + bacon = omg).
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Pacha Organic Cafe
4618 Burnet Road
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Amazing savory pancakes (pear + bacon = omg).
Food and drinks and music. This place has it all. Its got a really cool vibe. Always bursting at the seams with life. The beers are HUGE. The pizzas are amazing.
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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Food and drinks and music. This place has it all. Its got a really cool vibe. Always bursting at the seams with life. The beers are HUGE. The pizzas are amazing.
A delightful, beautiful restaurant. Very European (in all the nest ays: small, dense seating, relaxed but bustling, simple). The food choices are elegant and reasonably priced. A great outdoor seating area.
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Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 East 11th Street
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A delightful, beautiful restaurant. Very European (in all the nest ays: small, dense seating, relaxed but bustling, simple). The food choices are elegant and reasonably priced. A great outdoor seating area.
Delish ramen. About $10 a bowl. Perfect flavors, consistency, everything. In the heart of the best part of downtown (AKA as close to E Austin as possible).
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Daruma Ramen
612-b East 6th Street
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Delish ramen. About $10 a bowl. Perfect flavors, consistency, everything. In the heart of the best part of downtown (AKA as close to E Austin as possible).
Dessert
All the sweets :) For after dinner or whenever.
Austin's local healthy ice cream joint. Aughhh so good! Sugar free + vegan + dairy-free options.
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Sweet Ritual
4631 Airport Boulevard
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Austin's local healthy ice cream joint. Aughhh so good! Sugar free + vegan + dairy-free options.
The perfect snow cones. They have healthier options in addition to old-school favorites. It's next to Patrizis and the Vortex and all the fun stuff.
Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice
2307 Manor Rd
The perfect snow cones. They have healthier options in addition to old-school favorites. It's next to Patrizis and the Vortex and all the fun stuff.
A bit of a drive from our place (Burnet Rd), but worth it. The best cookies you've ever had. They also do cookie dough like an ice cream shop!
Kellie's Baking Co.
5245 Burnet Road
A bit of a drive from our place (Burnet Rd), but worth it. The best cookies you've ever had. They also do cookie dough like an ice cream shop!
Just simply delicious ice cream. A little pricey, but worth it. And Lick is a nice walk from our home.
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Lick Honest Ice Creams
1905 Aldrich St
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Just simply delicious ice cream. A little pricey, but worth it. And Lick is a nice walk from our home.
This place is kind of fancy - and kind of amazing. They have sugar free/vegan/gf options that will fool you for the real thing. An excellent bakery if there ever was one.
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Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
2406 Manor Road
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This place is kind of fancy - and kind of amazing. They have sugar free/vegan/gf options that will fool you for the real thing. An excellent bakery if there ever was one.
Drinks
The best places to cut loose and get a little silly.
Great drinks, nice people, fun vibe. Outdoors seating. Gold glitter on the roof.
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Kitty Cohen's
2211 Webberville Rd
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Great drinks, nice people, fun vibe. Outdoors seating. Gold glitter on the roof.
This is our absolute favorite bar in Austin. It's in the North Loop where we used to live, which is a cool area (thrift shops, the works). Cheap drinks... try the Texas Marg.
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Workhorse Bar
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This is our absolute favorite bar in Austin. It's in the North Loop where we used to live, which is a cool area (thrift shops, the works). Cheap drinks... try the Texas Marg.
Grungy, cheap, chill. The perfect place to be when you don't want to be messed with - or if you want to meet good folks too :)
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Barfly's
5420-B Airport Blvd
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Grungy, cheap, chill. The perfect place to be when you don't want to be messed with - or if you want to meet good folks too :)
Super cool, super sexy place. Awesome drinks, to include a beet martini + mezcal bar upstairs. Super fun part of Austin too.
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Whisler's
1816 East 6th Street
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Super cool, super sexy place. Awesome drinks, to include a beet martini + mezcal bar upstairs. Super fun part of Austin too.
A fun bar in the southern part of E Austin. They'll frequently have artists and poetry readings and comedy and music.
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Stay Gold
1910 East Cesar Chavez Street
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A fun bar in the southern part of E Austin. They'll frequently have artists and poetry readings and comedy and music.
Our local mescal bar. Tucked up behind a few other restaurants. Lively and fun. You can smoke cigars on the patio.
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Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar
2201 Manor Rd
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Our local mescal bar. Tucked up behind a few other restaurants. Lively and fun. You can smoke cigars on the patio.
This is a fun, different, chill, easy-going place. Be prepped to chill outside in their awesome backyard with campfires and beer. Every Friday night they have an African buffet ($8 for all you can eat - the food is ok). Music all the time. Cool spot.
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Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Road
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This is a fun, different, chill, easy-going place. Be prepped to chill outside in their awesome backyard with campfires and beer. Every Friday night they have an African buffet ($8 for all you can eat - the food is ok). Music all the time. Cool spot.
We used to live right behind this bar. It's chill as can be. The drinks are great, many of which are brewed on-site. Lots of regulars. Trivia on Sunday nights. FYI: mostly outdoor, so not great for rainy days.
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Draught House Pub & Brewery
4112 Medical Parkway
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We used to live right behind this bar. It's chill as can be. The drinks are great, many of which are brewed on-site. Lots of regulars. Trivia on Sunday nights. FYI: mostly outdoor, so not great for rainy days.
Super chill neighborhood bar. They usually have a game or two on. Free chips and salsa upon request. If it's too full, hit up Crown & Anchor next door.
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Posse East
2900 Duval Street
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Super chill neighborhood bar. They usually have a game or two on. Free chips and salsa upon request. If it's too full, hit up Crown & Anchor next door.
Everything is here. Drinks, food, music, a vegan ice-cream truck. A beautiful spot to sit and chill and be with good people.
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Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
2908 Fruth Street
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Everything is here. Drinks, food, music, a vegan ice-cream truck. A beautiful spot to sit and chill and be with good people.
One of the last cheap, low-light, badass places in Austin. They always have music. Chicken shit bingo on weekends. Frequently they're celebrating a birthday or some other occasion and will have birthday cake and treats FREE for everyone.
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The Little Longhorn Saloon
5434 Burnet Road
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One of the last cheap, low-light, badass places in Austin. They always have music. Chicken shit bingo on weekends. Frequently they're celebrating a birthday or some other occasion and will have birthday cake and treats FREE for everyone.
Super unique. Great sake, all brewed on-site. Seating inside or outside. They've got a few pato games too :)
Texas Saké Company
5501 North Lamar Boulevard
Super unique. Great sake, all brewed on-site. Seating inside or outside. They've got a few pato games too :)
Neighborhoods
We've lived all over the city, and have a few spots that really fill our hearts.
Coffee shops, record stores, vintage thrifting, awesome food trucks, walkable... a great area to spend the afternoon.
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North Loop
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Coffee shops, record stores, vintage thrifting, awesome food trucks, walkable... a great area to spend the afternoon.
Our neighborhood :) A magical place, sometimes cited as having the best trees in Austin. Open and welcoming for everyone. Easy to get lost (in a good way) amid the bungalows.
Cherrywood
Our neighborhood :) A magical place, sometimes cited as having the best trees in Austin. Open and welcoming for everyone. Easy to get lost (in a good way) amid the bungalows.
Super old-school strip of shops, sundry stores, music spots, etc. Easy to spend all day chilling. Start out at Bennu for coffee, spend an hour or two at South Congress Books, then grab some amazing pizza at Home Slice. From our house, take the 20 bus, then cruise around the area on a scooter or by foot.
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South Congress
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Super old-school strip of shops, sundry stores, music spots, etc. Easy to spend all day chilling. Start out at Bennu for coffee, spend an hour or two at South Congress Books, then grab some amazing pizza at Home Slice. From our house, take the 20 bus, then cruise around the area on a scooter or by foot.
A residential area with wonderful eats/play areas. Ramsey Park is just a delightful, no-frills city park. You've got Pacha for breakfast, Upper Crust for sweets, and the Draught House for drinks,
Rosedale
A residential area with wonderful eats/play areas. Ramsey Park is just a delightful, no-frills city park. You've got Pacha for breakfast, Upper Crust for sweets, and the Draught House for drinks,
Outdoors
Austin's true bread and butter. Awesomely tranquil and moving natural adventures.
A beautiful magical place. The water is spring fed - stays between 68 and 74 degrees all year, no matter the weather. The spiritual heart of Austin.
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Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
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A beautiful magical place. The water is spring fed - stays between 68 and 74 degrees all year, no matter the weather. The spiritual heart of Austin.
A nice stroll from our home. Surrounded by food and drinks and coffee. Farmer's market on Sunday morning, and events regularly on weeknights.
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Mueller Lake Park
4550 Mueller Boulevard
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A nice stroll from our home. Surrounded by food and drinks and coffee. Farmer's market on Sunday morning, and events regularly on weeknights.
Our neighborhood park. Just a great place to get away and chill. Free swimming pool during the summer months. Skate ramp. Community garden.
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Patterson Neighborhood Park
4200 Brookview Road
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Our neighborhood park. Just a great place to get away and chill. Free swimming pool during the summer months. Skate ramp. Community garden.
A beautiful city park. White peacocks! Tranquil.
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Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve
3505 West 35th Street
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A beautiful city park. White peacocks! Tranquil.
This is a bit of a drive - but oh my god beautiful. It's the Hill Country version of a cenote. Reservations are required and can be made at the Travis County Parks website.
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Hamilton Pool
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This is a bit of a drive - but oh my god beautiful. It's the Hill Country version of a cenote. Reservations are required and can be made at the Travis County Parks website.
The closest state park to Austin proper. Just south of town. Really fun and kid/dog-friendly. There are inexpensive camping sites. The admission is $6/adult (free for kids 12 and under). Lots of leisurely hiking to be had.
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McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
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The closest state park to Austin proper. Just south of town. Really fun and kid/dog-friendly. There are inexpensive camping sites. The admission is $6/adult (free for kids 12 and under). Lots of leisurely hiking to be had.
Sightseeing
The spots that really make our city special.
Simply one of the most beautiful cemeteries of all time. It holds all kinds of interesting Texans, from political legends like Barbara Jordan to military heroes like Chris Kyle. It's somber and uplifting at the same time.
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Texas State Cemetery
909 Navasota Street
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Simply one of the most beautiful cemeteries of all time. It holds all kinds of interesting Texans, from political legends like Barbara Jordan to military heroes like Chris Kyle. It's somber and uplifting at the same time.
This magical space is on the far end of East Austin. They host outdoor film showings, art exhibits, star parties, and many other events.
Sekrit Theater
1145 Perry Rd
This magical space is on the far end of East Austin. They host outdoor film showings, art exhibits, star parties, and many other events.
A wonderful, welcoming space. They frequently have artist exhibits, community events, etc. Check out if anything is happening during your stay.
Vesper
3106 E 14th 1/2 St
A wonderful, welcoming space. They frequently have artist exhibits, community events, etc. Check out if anything is happening during your stay.
Attached to the Harry Ransom Center - a world-class museum - this chapel is vacant and haunting and moving. Go in and sit and take a few breaths.
Ellsworth Kelly's Austin
Attached to the Harry Ransom Center - a world-class museum - this chapel is vacant and haunting and moving. Go in and sit and take a few breaths.
Our state capital building is really beautiful. Spend a few hours walking the grounds, checking out the museums inside, and relaxing amid 1.5 centuries of history. Free walking tours are offered frequently (https://tspb.texas.gov/plan/tours/tours.html).
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Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
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Our state capital building is really beautiful. Spend a few hours walking the grounds, checking out the museums inside, and relaxing amid 1.5 centuries of history. Free walking tours are offered frequently (https://tspb.texas.gov/plan/tours/tours.html).
This place is a bit non-traditional. It's a housing community for the formerly homeless. They're super open to visitors, conducting tours daily. There are also outdoor movie showings on the weekends. It's just really cool and inspiring to see a place like this, totally privately funded, tackling a big issue, helping people be happy.
Community First! Village
9301 Hog Eye Rd
This place is a bit non-traditional. It's a housing community for the formerly homeless. They're super open to visitors, conducting tours daily. There are also outdoor movie showings on the weekends. It's just really cool and inspiring to see a place like this, totally privately funded, tackling a big issue, helping people be happy.
UT's own presidential library. A really exciting spot for history buffs. It's a great museum because it shows all aspects of LBJ - flaws and all. $10 for adults (less for seniors, veterans, and children). A 1-mile bike ride from our front door.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
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UT's own presidential library. A really exciting spot for history buffs. It's a great museum because it shows all aspects of LBJ - flaws and all. $10 for adults (less for seniors, veterans, and children). A 1-mile bike ride from our front door.
We love this gallery. Small, free, unique, centered in community. Always promoting local artists. It spills over into a sculpture park across the street.
Dimension Gallery
979 Springdale Rd
We love this gallery. Small, free, unique, centered in community. Always promoting local artists. It spills over into a sculpture park across the street.