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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Austin

Austin Market District

The area at Sixth and Lamar includes BookPeople (the city’s only independent bookstore), Whole Foods’ headquarters and flagship store, Amy’s Ice Cream, and fashion boutique By George.

Sixth St. at Lamar Blvd., TX,
Tags: shopping | moderate | trendy | things to do | vintage | books

Barton Springs Pool

Located in Zilker Park, the city’s undisputed gem is fed by underground springs. The year-round 68-degree waters are popular with top triathletes and families alike.

2101 Barton Springs Rd., TX, 512-867-3080,
Tags: family | budget | editor pick | things to do | park

Congress Avenue bats

Austin hosts North America’s largest Mexican free-tailed bat colony. More than a million of them swoop out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge just after sunset from March until November.

First St. & Congress Ave., TX,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | wildlife

Mexican American Cultural Center

After 30 years of planning and acquiring, this 126,000 square-foot tribute to Latino and Native American traditions opened in fall 2007, offering exhibits, performances and classes in the arts.

600 River St., TX, 512-478-6222,
Tags: family | budget | editor pick | things to do | history

SoCo District

From fun to funky, expensive to cheap, there’s something for everyone on South Congress. Buy boots at Allen’s, black and white, pre-1967 vintage clothing at Blackmail and Latin American art at Mi Casa.

Tags: shopping | moderate | editor pick | great value | trendy | things to do | antiques

South First

Where else but South Austin can you find Resistencia, a neighborhood anarchist bookstore? Shop for vintage garb at Bella Blue; trendy styles at Tryst and Kick Pleat; and local art at The Stash.

South First St., TX,
Tags: shopping | trendy | things to do | books

Texas State Capitol

Of course it’s taller than the U.S. Capitol building – this is Texas, after all. Overlooking Congress Avenue, this stunning example of 19th -century architecture has a “Sunset Red” pink granite exterior and incredible rotunda detailing.

1100 Congress Ave., TX, 512-305-8400,
Tags: family | things to do | history | tour

The Blanton Museum of Art

New in 2006, the Blanton houses 17,000 works of art, including modern, Latin American, Renaissance and Baroque pieces, 20th-Century American artworks, and 15th-century prints.

200 East MLK at Congress Ave., TX, 512-471-5482,
Tags: editor pick | art | things to do | culture | tour

The Drag, Guadalupe

Follow the University of Texas students to this square mile of funky chains (Urban Outfitters), resale/vintage shops (Buffalo Exchange), and a toy store cooler than FAO Schwartz (Toy Joy).

Guadalupe St. from MLK to 29th St., TX,
Tags: shopping | moderate | funky | things to do

Whole Foods Market Flagship Store

The flagship of the Whole Foods empire, founded in Austin in 1980, is now an 80,000 square foot mega-store and culinary center with tasting events, cooking classes, and live music on an outdoor plaza. Check the store calendar online for specific events, though the market itself is worth exploring for its sheer size and overabundance of items. For under $100 the staff at the culinary center can remedy any gastronomic deficiency with classes like Cutting Edge Knife Skills and Sushi 101.

525 N. Lamar Blvd., TX, 512-476-1206,
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | culinary | cooking class

Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake

Austinites love this 351-acre park centered around Lady Bird Lake for its walking trails, sports fields, city views, spring kite festival, fall music festival and December Christmas tree.

2100 Barton Springs Rd., TX,
Tags: family | great value | things to do | outdoors | park

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