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Barton Springs

Austin's iconic spring fed pool

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Beloved by residents and visitors alike, this massive pool and park is the pride and joy of Austin. This very cold, spring fed pool averages 68 degrees year round, making it the perfect place to cool down in the summer. The entrance fee for non residents is $8 and paid parking is available, but the lot fills up quickly on busy days so you are better off arriving by rideshare. If you are a bit tight on cash or have your pup with you, the natural spring continues past the gates of the park to an area known as Barking Springs that is free and open to the public. Be sure to explore the rest of Zilker Park when you are done here.

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(512) 974-6300

2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX

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Andre Russ

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Radio Coffee & Beer

One stop shop for coffee, beer, music, and breakfast tacos

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There is no real reason to ever leave this place that is part neighborhood coffee shop and part welcoming beer garden. They serve delicious coffee, have 24 rotating beer taps, frequently host live music, and have two onsite food trucks: Veracruz All Natural for tacos and Dee Dee for Thai street food. See what we mean? You're all set!

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(512) 394-7844

4204 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX

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Radio Coffee & Beer

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Odd Duck

Experimental yet unpretentious farm-to-table cuisine

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The menu at this casual, rustic yet modern restaurant changes based on what ingredients are available locally at the time. But you can guarantee that all of the dishes will be unique and delicious. Ordering a number of these small plates can add up, so their Monday through Thursday happy hour is a great opportunity to try a few of their dishes at half the price. If you like it here, try Chef Bryce Gilmore's other restaurant Barley Swine, but be sure you make a reservation before stopping by either spot.

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(512) 433-6521

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

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Odd Duck

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The Greenbelt

Walking, hiking, climbing and swimming along Barton Creek

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While there are multiple greenbelts in Austin, when people talk about The Greenbelt they are usually talking about the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It offers over 12 miles of walking and biking trails along Barton Creek as well as swimming when there is enough water to fill up the swimming holes. There are many entrances but the one linked here is the Spyglass entrance. Head south (right) when you reach the trail if climbing is your thing because you will find some great bouldering spots and the Seismic Wall a bit further on. If you turn left, you only have to walk a little bit to reach Campbell’s Hole, which is a popular swimming spot. The creek sometime runs dry so check the website at the info button below to see if there is water in the swimming hole. If there isn't, McKinney Falls State Park always has water and tends to be less crowded than Barton Creek but there is a $6 per person entrance fee. This entrance is a local favorite not just for its outdoor options, but also for its proximity to the nearby Tacodeli.

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(512) 730-1656

1599 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX

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Meghan Muzerie

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Carpenters Hall

All-day restaurant inside a converted union hall

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This casual, utilitarian chic restaurant located in the lobby of The Carpenter Hotel serves everything from breakfast to late night drinks. They do elevated comfort food right, with the chicken schnitzel for two being a particular favorite on the dinner menu. If you are looking for coffee in the area, Hot L Coffee is also on site at the hotel.

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(512) 675-5020

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX

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Carpenters Hall

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Ramen Tatsu-ya

Hip spot for incredible ramen

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While Austin has had great sushi for years, it wasn't until Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto opened Ramen Tatsu-ya that the city's ramen revolution started. Now you can slurp up one of their delicious bowls for around $10 a pop at this location, their original in North Austin spot and a third in East Austin. They have since continued to expand their empire with incredible additions like Kemuri Tatsu-ya for fusion barbecue, DipDipDip Tatsu-ya for shabu-shabu and Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-ya for Japanese curry.

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(512) 893-5561

1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

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