With amazing music festivals, fab food, and great weather, it is no wonder that Austin, Texas, is quickly becoming a must-see American destination for those in the know. If you happen to find yourself there, here are five must have experiences while exploring the city.
Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon
This well-known, tiny honky tonk-bar is an Austin original. Make sure to visit on a Sunday, as Ginny herself is there leading the always highly anticipated weekly game of Chicken Bingo. For $2 you can place a bet on a giant board with numbers scrawled on it and wait for the chicken to "do its business" on your square. The winner gets the entire jackpot! Between the bingo, free chili dogs,and the ear candy of the amazing Dale Watson and the Lonestars, you have a perfect Sunday Austin afternoon.
The Congress Avenue Bat Bridge
Home to the world's largest urban colony of Mexican bats, this main thoroughfare gives you both a gorgeous view of the Texas Capitol and a nature show at the same time. During the summer months, the bats come out of their "cave" around dusk and fill the sky with 1.5 million flying bodies. Head there early because the entire bridge will be filled up with locals and tourists alike trying to get a view of the city's mascot.
Located in the heart of the city, Barton Springs can be found in Zilker Park, a stone's throw away from downtown Austin. Fed by an underground spring, this pool maintains a fresh 68°F/20°C all yearlong. It is the perfect way to escape the intense summer heat!
The Broken Spoke
Pack your cowboy hats and boots and be prepared for an evening spent two-stepping with a live band. Founded in 1964, The Broken Spoke has established itself as a Texas tradition. With the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Clint Eastwood, Troy Aikman and the Queen's Entourage visiting there, you never know who you will run into.
South Congress Avenue
Austin is known for its "Keep Austin Weird" mentality and South Congress embodies that tradition like no other part of the city. From old pharmacy-style candy shops to vintage stores galore, there is no shortage of things to see and do.
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