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Bats of the Congress Avenue Bridge
Every year nearly 1 Million Mexican free-tailed bats call Austin home, typically arriving as the warm weather sets back in the Spring. They stay in Austin until early fall, and are the largest urban bat colony in North America. When in Austin, they camp out on downtown's Congress Avenue Bridge. Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, Texas. These 1.5 million bats are fun to watch, but they're also making our world a better place to live. You can stand on the bridge at dusk and watch the bats emerge as a black cloud against the sunset as they seek out their dinner. Be sure to ask the locals what time the bats are coming out, because our recent drought has them coming out earlier than usual. (512-327-9721, 512-416-5700)
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Barton Springs Pool
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years. (512-476-9044, 512-974-9331)
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
This 351-acre park is arguably the most popular in town, and is considered "Austin's most-loved park." Miles of hike and bike trails, train rides on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train, a playscape for kids, and a natural swimming pool (Barton Springs) are available. Other attractions include Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Nature and Science Center, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and Zilker Hillside Theater. Zilker Park is really the hub for outdoor life in Austin. Events and festivals are held here throughout the year, including the Austin City Limits music festival, Blues on the Green, Trail of Lights, and the Zilker Kite Festival. (512-974-6700)
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Texas State Capitol
Austin is not only the home of the University of Texas, but the Texas State Capitol Building. The Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history." The Capitol grounds span 22 acres and feature historical buildings, 17 monuments, and beautifully landscaped lawns in addition to the Capitol building itself. The capitol rotunda features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or Governor of the state of Texas . The building has nearly four hundred rooms and more than nine hundred windows. Come learn about Texas History and make some of your own. (512-305-8400)
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The Lakes:
The Colorado River is the 18th longest river in the United States, but it also makes up three of the lakes within Austin city limits. Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake are three reservoirs that run through the city and serve as the city’s most popular escapes from the summer heat. Lake Travis is the largest of the three and it is ideal for fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking and camping. Lake Austin is mainly for boating, but is perfect for water sports. Lady Bird Lake is a major recreation area for the city because it bans motorized boats, so kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding are more popular in this downtown location. Each lake takes on its own character, but together they create something that is uniquely Austin.
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Breakfast Tacos:
Austin can’t claim taco primacy, but when it comes to breakfast tacos, Austin is king. The breakfast taco to Austin is the bagel to Miami. There are hundreds and hundreds of venues in Austin in which to buy a breakfast taco, but it would be rare to find any two alike. The gas station taco is completely different than the taco trailer’s, which is different from the taco stand’s. It’s the cross-pollination of cultures between Texas and our neighbors to the south. Breakfast tacos for dinner? Sure, why not?
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Keeping it "Weird":
The "Keep Austin Weird" slogan reaches far beyond a marketing campaign. Austin is the self-proclaimed "live music capital of the world" and the people of Austin reflect a friendly, accepting culture of artistic and individual expression that maintains the city as a vibrant and eclectic creative center. “Keep Austin Weird” is the mom and pop shop down the road, but it’s also the hippie with pet chickens. In a mostly conservative state, Austin is "Weird" because it continues to be that blue spot on a big red map. "Keep Austin Weird" moves beyond a mere slogan, to reflect the dynamics that encompass Austin.

Things to See
Austin is a city made up of diverse and unique places and attractions. From the live music that plays nightly at dozens of different types of venues, to dining at anything from a food truck to a celebrity chef restaurant, and totally Austin spots like the Cathedral of Junk, entertainment abounds for every individual personality and preference. Museums, exhibits, guided tours, and outdoor activities galore are available in the state's capital. There are unique opportunities to learn about the city, such as Texas Bike Tours narrated by locals and including a photographer; and Austin Duck Adventures where you splash from the street right into Lady Bird Lake.
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