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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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JuiceLand

Beloved local chain for juice and smoothies

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This spot is the perfect place for a healthy, refreshing snack before or after a visit to the nearby Zilker Park, Greenbelt, or Lady Bird Lake Trail. Not only are their drinks made with locally grown organic ingredients, they come in some creative flavor combinations and are incredibly delicious. If you aren't on the mood for drinking your meal, they also have a selection of small, plant based salads, wraps, and bowls as well. They now have locations all over Austin so you are never far from your next juice fix.

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(512) 480-9501

1625 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

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Austin Bouldering Project

Climbing gym that is a favorite with locals

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This huge bouldering gym is the biggest in the world, with over 50,000 square feet of amenities including their climbing walls, a yoga studio, a weight room, fitness classes, and saunas. You get access to all of this with an $18 adult day pass and free shoe rentals with your first visit. When you finish up here, head to Friends and Allies Brewing next door or Canopy across the street to check out some local art.

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(512) 645-4633

979 Springdale Rd #150, Austin, TX

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Michael Lee

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Lake Austin Spa and Resort

Luxurious, waterfront Hill Country spa

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While only half an hour from downtown Austin, this oasis feels like it is a world away from the city. So if you are in the mood for some relaxation and luxury, spend a day out in the Hill Country. Their half day and full day packages cost a pretty penny, but you will most definitely leave refreshed.

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(512) 372-7300

1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX

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Lake Austin Spa Resort

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Bouldin Creek Cafe

Delicious restaurant and cafe for meat free meals

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When plant based meals are prepared as well as they are here, even devout carnivores will love their food. They serve three meals a day complete with a daily happy hour but the real star of the show is their breakfast. This is a great chance for vegans and vegetarians to try Tex-Mex breakfast staples like breakfast tacos and migas. They don't take reservations so expect to wait for brunch on weekends. When you are done here, head across the street for a cupcake at Sugar Mama's Bakeshop.

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(512) 416-1601

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX

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Jeff Howard

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Whole Foods

Massive flagship store for more than just groceries

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This Austin based company has grown a lot since it was founded in 1980 and this 80,000 square foot flagship store is a great representation of that. It is like a normal Whole Foods store, but on (all natural) steroids, with a range of groceries, beauty products, clothes, and more. In addition to all of that, it is home to seven eateries and bars, they host events on their rooftop (which is also a great place to eat your food), and have cooking classes available. Swing by for lunch before heading over to the nearby BookPeople and Waterloo Records.

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(512) 542-2200

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

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Romina Miraglia

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