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Family Fun In Austin

Buff Strickland Madison's giant farmers' market

Photo: Buff Strickland

KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD is the city's unofficial slogan. Fortunately for visitors, locals conscientiously comply. This is the land of unhurried and unpretentious cool, a reincarnated hippiedom in which art and music of all sorts are celebrated. Blended in with the enduring flower power is just enough Texas iconography—cowboys, cacti, barbecue—to create a college metropolis like no other.

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Destinations: Austin

Themes: Family · Shopping · Spring Travel

Hotels (2)

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    Hotel San José

    Located in the modern bohemian neighborhood of South Congress (or SoCo), the über-hip San José Hotel has 40 sleek, minimalist guest rooms with eart

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    Four Seasons Hotel Austin

    Unpretentious oasis on Lady Bird Lake; public spaces are distinctly Southwestern (a hide-covered sofa and the like). 

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Restaurants (3)

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    Maria's Taco Xpress

    Don’t let the pedestrian name fool you: Maria's Taco Xpress is not a fast-food joint. Rather, it is a characteristically offbeat South Austin hango

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    Chuy's Hula Hut

    The Hula Hut serves large portions of Tex-Mex cuisine with Polynesian touches (typically involving pineapple slices), often accompanied by pitch

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    Shady Grove

    Named for the expansive pecan trees lining this trendy section of Barton Springs Road, Shady Grove's patio area provides coverage from the hot Texa

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Activities (12)

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    Callahan's General Store

    Callahan’s General Store is a throwback to a time when shopping options were more limited for Texans. Its offerings include just about anything a

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    1100 Congress Ave.

    Texans’ love of all things big extends to its capitol building, which dominates the Austin skyline and is visible for miles driving up South Congre

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    Mount Bonnell

    Mount Bonnell, a municipal park located on the western edge of the city above Town Lake, is one of the highest points in the area at 775 feet, ma

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    Austin City Limits Music Festival

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day event held every October in Zilker Park with more than 100 artists covering a wide spe

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    Zilker Metropolitan Park

    When it isn’t hosting concerts such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a three-day event held each October, Zilker Park is a popular spot

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    Amy's Ice Cream

    With 13 locations in the Austin area, this little ice cream dominates the local market. The day’s 15 flavors are displayed on a chalk board above

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    Austin Nature & Science Center

    The Austin Nature & Science Center, located in Zilker Park, has a range of family friendly activities and hands-on exhibits. While special exhib

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    Toy Joy

     

    Toy Joy is an unconventional toy store offering a wide array of knick-knacks and tchotchkes, the crown jewel of which is its sizeable Sanrio Hell
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    Bicycle Sports Shop

    Bicycle Sports Shop, with three locations in the Austin area including the flagship near Zilker Park and Barton Springs, caters to the needs of A

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    Harry Ransom Center

    The Harry Ransom Center, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, has an enormous collection of literary manuscripts — more than 36 m

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    Texas Union

    The student union building of the University of Texas at Austin serves as a hub of activity for the more than 50,000 students enrolled in the schoo

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    Looking for the Texas mythologized onscreen and in stories: a place filled with cowboys, outlaws, and Lone Star pride.

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    Environmentally friendly electric scooters are the preferred mode of transport in this bohemian Texan city (use one to get from your photovoltaic-powered hotel room to a restaurant that uses only b

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