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Visitors Guide: Austin Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

At least 150 people move to Austin each day, and there's a good reason why. The Capital City is a great place to live. There are plenty of cultural events, trendy districts for dining and unwinding with friends, and bountiful natural beauty.

Are you planning to relocate to Austin? Great! Plan your trip with this handy visitors guide. Read on to learn what fun things await.

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SOCO District

Dining

South Congress, also called SOCO, is a fun and funky place to eat out, enjoy libations, shop, see and be seen. There's a range of eateries to satisfy any palate, from the mouth watering “pies” at Home Slice Pizza and zesty Tacos at Guero's Taco Bar, to burgers and salads at Docs Motorworks Bar and Grill and so much more.

Shopping

SOCO is lined with boutique shops for men, women and lovers of all things funky and vintage. Dapper gents’ flock to STAG Provisions for Men for classic-meets-nostalgic clothing and whatnots, and women find gifts, clothing, accessories and more at the trendy women’s boutique Maya Star, just to name a couple of locales. As far as vintage goes, Uncommon Objects is a must-see with it’s large and magnificent selection of antiques and oddities. These are only some of the plentiful treasure troves you’ll find along the hip and trendy SOCO District.

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Sixth Street

A historic landmark, many of the buildings on Sixth Street were constructed in the late 1800s. The district is a hub for shops, restaurants, bars and a wide array of live music on every corner in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Sixth Street is often compared to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, where -- like the Big Easy -- the streets are blocked off on Friday and Saturday nights, allowing carousers to traverse and mingle in the middle of the street.

Needless to say, this district is a huge tourist attraction and local draw alike. But its during special events that even more swarms of locals and out-of-towners revel on Sixth. These include Austin Mardi Gras (mid February); SXSW (early March); The Republic of Texas Bikers Rally (mid June); Pecan Street Festival (every first weekend in May and every last weekend in September); and a Halloween night celebration.

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Paramount Theatre

This Paramount Theatre is a State Landmark historic building that once played home to Sam Houston’s office. It was also the War Department of the Republic of Texas and later the Avenue Hotel. It’s the oldest surviving theater in Austin, built in 1915. Today, the theater hosts comedy, drama, music, dance, spoken word and children’s events. As part of the SXSW Film Festival, it is also the scene of red carpet film premieres. The Paramount also does its part for the local music scene by hosting release parties, and booking local and touring acts. Catch a show there when you’re in town.

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

The Hike and Bike Trail, surrounded by natural beauty, is a 10-mile path around Lady Bird Lake. The trail is composed of sidewalks, and dirt paths. But it isn’t all natural There’s a pedestrian bridge and an outlook where you can view the city skyline. The trail is almost always abuzz with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders aplenty can also be found adding to the scenery as you amble along the trail. Rent a kayak or go stand-up paddleboarding while you’re here.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Park is a 351 acre stretch of land that’s said to be Austin’s most loved park. It features a Botanical Garden, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Barton Springs Pool -- a man-made, year round swimming pool filled with natural spring water -- and many other sights.

As you can see, there isn't a shortage of things to do in the Capital City. Do you plan to relocate to Austin? Whether you’re looking to purchase or lease, call on me to help you find the perfect area and home to hang your hat. Fill out the Contact form at right to get started!

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