Austin

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    Mar 31, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    I'm planning to visit Austin for the first time at the end of April and was wondering what there is to do/see. I've heard it's a good city for music and I hope for food as well. I'll only be there for 2 days as part of a trip that includes Houston and the New Orleans Jazz Fest, so if there's anything in Austin that the other two cities don't have, that'd be a good place to start.

    Thanks!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 04, 2008 12:31 AM GMT
    When I lived in Austin from 1993 to 2001 the points of interest I was most familiar with were the Texas State Capitol, the Governors Mansion, University of Texas, Zilker Park and the gigantic Barton Springs swimming pool- yes it is spring fed. Then there is the nightlife, the regular nightclubs along Sixth Street and gay nightclubs scattered around downtown but mostly on Fourth Street. I do not know much about its famous live music scene. Then there are the ubiquitous shopping malls and plazas throughout the city and surrounding area. Otherwise this sprawled out urban burg on Interstate 35 is just an ordinary town although very clean and well kept it is not exactly the friendliest.
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 04, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    It really depends on your interests. I like the outdoors, so a trip to Mt. Bonnell was nice, it gives a great view of the city and some amazing HUGE homes on the water. I wanted to go to Lake Travis, but the weather wasn't great when I was there. That's a ways out of the city, so you might not be too interested in that. I love architecture, so driving around the hills looking at all the huge houses was fun.

    Didn't do the whole music scene when I was there. The only nightlife I experienced were two gay bars on a Saturday night.

    You'll love Austin, it's clean and beautiful, and the people are AMAZING.
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    Apr 04, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Go to Hamilton Pool, Hippie Hollow, Mt Bonnell (already said, but not so spectacular), Twin Falls.

    Eat at downtown Chuy's or Lake Austin Drive's Hula Hut.

    Get in a workout at downtown Gold's gym (hey, you might see The Bachelor there).

    Jog the Town Lake (now called Lake Lady Bird) bike/jogging path (good eye candy).

    Drive through West Lake.

    Visit the Oasis (restaurant).

    Stop in at Oil Can Harry's, Rain and the Rainbow Cattle Company (gay bars)...Saturday night's best. Charlie's and Chain Drive are okay.

    Walk Sixth Street at night and go bar-hopping where there's live bands. Check out Antone's on Fifth Street (and Lavaca).

    Have a hotdog at the Doggie Style stand on Fourth and Lavaca...although the new owner's a dink. I miss Pete.
  • TexanMan82

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    Apr 04, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    Ah, it's roadbikeROB again.

    Seriously, we get it. You hate Austin. I almost imagine you sitting at home searching for "Austin" on any of the thread titles just so you can give your negative opinion.

    But I digress...

    caramelized,

    What are your interests? I assume sicne you're on RJ that you're more athletically inclined?

    If so, this city is awesome. There's the Town Lake hike and bike trail that has many walkers and joggers in downtown. Go in the evening, and there'll be eye candy galore.

    The Greenbelt surrounding the city is another must see. Just hike through and visit the falls. Hopefully, we'll have a few good rains by then. If so, the water should be flowing nicely. Again, another spot to take a few beers and get a tan while being in nature.

    Zilker park, etc..

    Food is awesome. It's not pretentious by any means. Jeans, t shirt, flip flops...you're good to go.

    If you're going to be here on a weekend, go to Hula Hut for dinner on Friday or Saturday. I swear, I think Hula Hut has the hottest people per capita in Austin.
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    Apr 04, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

    @roadbikerob: I'm from the Northeast, so just about everywhere else feels like sprawl to me; I'm ready for that. But the people in the rest of the country are generally nicer than they are here.

    @TexanMan: For me, RJ is more about health & fitness than sportiness or athleticism.

    Since I'm only in town for 2 days (unfortunately weekdays), I'd like to explore as much of the city as possible rather than leave it on a day of hiking. I'm into architecture, arts, music, food, and photography. You've all made some great suggestions so far, so I'm looking forward to checking them out.

    One more thing, how far is "far" down there? I found your transit system online, but would I be better off driving?
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    Apr 04, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    I wanna move to Austin myself!
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    Apr 04, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    a1972guy: lets get a place there!
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    Apr 04, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    wrkoutbud30 saida1972guy: lets get a place there!


    DONE!! Although, YOU may NEVER leave the bedroom!
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    Apr 04, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    When I lived there I loved Barton springs.

    I loved watching the bats fly from under the Congress ave bridge at sundown.
    Oil Can Harry's was fun on 4rth street.
    Chain Drive has it's moments.
    6th street bars are pretty diverse so can be fun.. I used to love club deville.

    I actually used to sometimes eat lunch outside on the UT campus just to see who was having a rally.
    I actually saw a Latin club drive for diabetes where they were blaring Beyonce's "ring the alarm"... after Beyonce would sing Ring the alarm, they would turn down the volume and scream into the mic "FOR DIABETES"...
    It was pretty genius.

    Town lake walks or jog is great chance to see some of the better looking "austinites" in a pretty setting.

    People in Austin are SUPER friendly and low key. I have never met so many people in my life as I did when I lived there. You don't really have to worry about dressing to impress.. Just be prepared to hang out on a lot of patio's and have a good time.


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    Apr 04, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidWhen I lived there I loved Barton springs.

    I loved watching the bats fly from under the Congress ave bridge at sundown.
    Oil Can Harry's was fun on 4rth street.
    Chain Drive has it's moments.
    6th street bars are pretty diverse so can be fun.. I used to love club deville.

    I actually used to sometimes eat lunch outside on the UT campus just to see who was having a rally.
    I actually saw a Latin club drive for diabetes where they were blaring Beyonce's "ring the alarm"... after Beyonce would sing Ring the alarm, they would turn down the volume and scream into the mic "FOR DIABETES"...
    It was pretty genius.

    Town lake walks or jog is great chance to see some of the better looking "austinites" in a pretty setting.

    People in Austin are SUPER friendly and low key. I have never met so many people in my life as I did when I lived there. You don't really have to worry about dressing to impress.. Just be prepared to hang out on a lot of patio's and have a good time.




    Now I REALLY wanna move there!!
  • TexanMan82

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    Apr 04, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    Well move on down. Although, my fellow Austinites may chastise me for inviting people to move here.

    The way I look at it, we can never have too many hot guys down here.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 04, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    People in Austin are super friendly and low key. That is the biggest bold faced lie because the total opposite is the truth. People in Austin are the biggest bunch of cold-hearted, unfriendly jerks. Trying to get to know people in that sprawled out, congested assholeville of a town is next to impossible. I know because I lived in Austin for almost nine years. Granted Austin is very clean and well kept but the people in that city leave a lot to be desired with their snobbish, arrogant attitudes.
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    Apr 04, 2008 11:39 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said...the people in that city leave a lot to be desired with their snobbish, arrogant attitudes.


    Flame war? Flame war? Anyone?

    Sorry, can't be drawn in on such a lame generalization. YOUR experience sucked. Austin misses you. Come on back.
  • kinetic

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    Apr 29, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    HEY AUSTIN!!
    Me and caramelized2 (he started this thread) are in town tonight (4/29) and through tomorrow night if any of you wanna meet up.
    Its our 1st time visiting Austin and we thought we'd see if any of you would be around to chill!
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  • TexanMan82

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    Apr 29, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    You might get a better response from those over on the Group Activities board.

    Night time isn't good for me since I have to work early in the morning, but I'm usually free in the afternoons.

    What would y'all be looking to do?
  • kinetic

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    Apr 29, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    We talked about visiting Barton Springs Pool, the Austin Museum of Art in Laguna Gloria, Chuy's, and Oilcan Harry's. We're just exploring the city and don't have a real agenda.