April 12

Austin: Not Just Cowboys!


Austin, Texas is known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” and for good reason: compared to the population, it has more live music venues than any other city in the U.S. If that sounds like your kind of travel destination, check out how much more Austin has to offer!

While many folks think Texas means oil, cattle, and country music, the city actually hosts music festivals and events from all genres including opera and symphony. With the highest number of alcohol-serving establishments in the country you might think the city’s entertainment focuses solely on adults, but there are lots of events and entertainment features for families with kids, too. Consider attending the Austin Kite Festival or Eeyore’s Birthday Party, or take a tour of one of dozens of museums, historical buildings, or historical landmarks such as the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture or the Driscoll Hotel, which was built in 1886.

Austin also has a well-developed park system, featuring over 50 swimming pools and holes throughout the district. There are also parks where you can kayak, canoe, rock climb, and mountain bike as well as exploring and hiking.

If it’s pampering you have in mind, Austin is jam-packed with spas and salons. Whether you’re thinking of a massage, facial, or a full makeover, there’s a spot to fill your needs. Want a custom air-brushed tan or a Swedish massage? Check out Groupon for a deep discount price! There’s also deals on pedicures, manicures, and eyelash treatments available, as well as eyebrow threading, microdermabrasion treatments, saunas, and reflexology treatments if that’s what you prefer.

When you’re ready for dinner, the hardest part will be deciding what cuisine best fits your mood! From tacos to burgers to food trucks to gourmet dining, you’ll never get tired of the same old thing when you’re eating out in Austin! The city boasts about helping restaurant entrepreneurs, and the result ranges from Australian meat pies to nationally famous veggie burgers.

The bottom line is, when you visit Austin don’t expect to be overwhelmed by cowpokes and cacti. The city whose motto is “Keep Austin Weird” always has a surprise in store for every visitor, new and old!


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