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Headed to Austin in Late November - looking for true experiences

planning a group retreat to Austin in late november and looking for some great experiences off the beaten tourist path.  Some contacts and feedback on who and what to catch up with planning would be appreciated

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Zilker Park.  Check out Barton Springs Pool a swimming pool open year around fed by a natural aquifer.  

Walk the The University of Texas at Austin campus.  

Chuy's Restaurant for Tex Mex (multiple locations)

Franklins BBQ is considered the state's best if you don't mind arriving early and standing in line for a hour.

Drive out to Lake Travis.  It is beautiful.  A little further drive but worth it is Hamilton Pool.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zilker Park (attraction)
  2. Barton Springs Pool (attraction)
  3. The University of Texas at Austin (attraction)
  4. Chuy's Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Franklins BBQ (attraction)
  6. Lake Travis (attraction)
  7. Hamilton Pool (attraction)
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answered by
Janelle from Charleston

Pedernales Falls State Park (about 45 minutes west of town) has good hiking trails.  Barton Springs Pool is an outdoor swimming pool fed by a natural spring in the middle of town. 

A BBQ meal is a must: give Franklin BBQ and all the snarky, materialistic hipsters with tattoos, man buns and Taliban beards who think that spending half a day in line for good-but-not-great BBQ makes them cooler than you a miss and head for Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Kreuz Market or Lockhart Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Que in Lockhart, or City Market in Luling. Natural Bridge Caverns down towards San Antonio is also a fun outing. 

Seeing the bats depart for their evening activity at Congress Avenue Bridge is very touristy but absolutely worthwhile. 

If you want a history lesson, go to the LBJ Presidential Library on the UT campus, the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park (about an hour west of town) or the excellent National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg (about an hour and 15 minutes west of town). 

The University of Texas at Austin campus is a fun place to walk through and explore, and surprisingly most tourists give it a miss.

answered by
Sara from Seattle, Washington

If you head out towards Dripping Springs to visit distilleries, you might also want to check out Argus Cidery and Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.. They share a parking lot and there's often a food truck on the weekends.

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  1. Argus Cidery (restaurant)
  2. Revolution Spirits Distilling Co. (restaurant)

answered by
Alejandra from Austin (Texas)

Not sure if it's a corporate retreat, but if not, there are some cool distillery tours of Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery that pick up downtown and bus you over - I've heard they're great. There are also a lot of great breweries in town as well (Jester King BreweryAustin BeerworksSouth Austin Brewing CompanyLive Oak Brewing Company and many others). I think ATXcursionsprovides some of these tours.

Of the non-alcohol variety, Austin Bike Tours & Rentals offers a ton of themed tours (bats, historic areas, craft beer, music, art & architecture, etc). I've heard really good things about this experience too.

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  1. Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (attraction)
  2. Jester King Brewery (restaurant)
  3. Austin Beerworks (attraction)
  4. South Austin Brewing Company (attraction)
  5. Live Oak Brewing Company (restaurant)
  6. ATXcursions (attraction)
  7. Austin Bike Tours & Rentals (attraction)

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Hello!  Give the bats at Congress Street a try.  I'm not sure if they're seasonal or not, but visit the bridge on Congress Street at dusk and you can watch the bats take flight from under the bridge into the sky.  It's an amazing site to see the black cloud of bats take to the sky to eat tons of bugs throughout the night.  Two places to eat: Hut's Hamburgers and Mangia's Pizza.  There's also a great Italian place (with a train caboose inside), but the name escapes me.  I hope you enjoy!

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