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Things to do and eat in Austin

I am heading to Austin, TX, in February with my family and looking for sites to see and places to eat.  We have rented a house very near Zilker Park and we will have our bikes and would love suggestions of places that we can bike to.

6 Answers

answered by
monica from Fort Worth

Ride your bike around Lady Bird Lake. Then ride to S Congress Ave and have a burger Snack Baror a drink and nibble by the pool Hotel San Jose.  Most Saturday afternoons there is great music playing across the street Continental Club, it is a classic.  Also in the evenings, Guero'syou can grab a margarita and sit outside to listen to some austin tunes.  Have an ice cream Amy's Ice Creams then call in a night.  Enjoy!

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  1. Lady Bird Lake (attraction)
  2. S Congress Ave (attraction)
  3. Snack Bar (restaurant)
  4. Hotel San Jose (hotel)
  5. Continental Club (attraction)
  6. Guero's (restaurant)
  7. Amy's Ice Creams (restaurant)
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answered by
Eliza from Austin, Texas

Big Top Candy Shop cool old school candy store

Home Slice Pizza nice local pizza place

Castle Hill St nice place with a view and local street art

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  1. Big Top Candy Shop (attraction)
  2. Home Slice Pizza (restaurant)
  3. Castle Hill St (attraction)
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answered by
Heather from Kingman, Arizona

Defiantly bike to see the beautiful Barton Creek. There will not be many people swimming but this is a popular swimming hole. The Zilker Botanical Garden is really nice too.

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  1. Barton Creek (attraction)
  2. Zilker Botanical Garden (attraction)
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answered by

Zilker Park offers access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and the Town Lake Cir.  The Greenbelt might be a little challenging for biking.  Town Lake trail "circles" the lake and is easy biking, but very crowded.  Thomas Springs Rd, which cuts through Zilker Park has a number of restaurants. Within biking distance are South Lamar, S 1st St and S Congress Ave. They run north/south and each street has an assortment of restaurants and shops. South Congress has a lot of shopping opportunities grouped together.  Downtown Austin is also an easy-ish bike ride from the Zilker Park area.  Second Street has a lot of shopping. And of course, there is the state capitol. On the corner of Sixth and Lamar is Waterloo Records & Video, BookPeople and the Whole Foods Market flagship store.  I believe there is an REI next door to Bookpeople, which is the largest independently owned book store in Texas.  Waterloo is also an independently owned record shop that has been around forever, and is a great place to go to look for Texas and Austin music.  Old long-time Austin restaurant favorites includes Chuy's Restaurant on Barton Springs Road, Taco Xpress on South Lamar, and Guero's on South Congress. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zilker Park (attraction)
  2. Barton Creek Greenbelt (attraction)
  3. Town Lake Cir (attraction)
  4. Thomas Springs Rd (attraction)
  5. South Lamar (attraction)
  6. S 1st St (attraction)
  7. S Congress Ave (attraction)
  8. Downtown Austin (attraction)
  9. Waterloo Records & Video (attraction)
  10. BookPeople (attraction)
  11. Whole Foods Market (attraction)
  12. REI (attraction)
  13. Chuy's Restaurant (restaurant)
  14. Taco Xpress (restaurant)
  15. Guero's (restaurant)
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answered first by
Christine from Austin (Texas)

I don't know if this would be my first choice as an adult, but since you're going with kids, you might want to consider the Museum of the Weird. It's basically a collection of low-rent kitsch but if I were a kid I'd probably love it. Franklins BBQ is pretty close and it's a great restaurant!

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  1. Museum of the Weird (attraction)
  2. Franklins BBQ (attraction)
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answered by
Katerina from Los Angeles

If you're by Zilker Park, there are many restaurants on Barton Springs Road that are easy to bike to. Chuy's RestaurantAustin JavaShady Grove, and Baby Acapulco are popular. Chuy's is my absolute favorite for tex mex!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zilker Park (attraction)
  2. Chuy's Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Austin Java (restaurant)
  4. Shady Grove (restaurant)
  5. Baby Acapulco (restaurant)

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