The Quarters at Hardin House

2206 Rio Grande, Austin, Texas, 78705, United States
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WhirlWind Tour of Austin

by jasmith52

I'll be in Austin for just 1 day. I'll be arriving around 3:00 PM and will fly out the next day.

Does anyone have any specific suggestions for my quick trip. I'll have a car.

I'd kind of like to explore the 6th street scene. Where should I park so that I could walk around and catch the most given my short time ? Is there anything going on in the 6th street area during a weekday ??

Any other sugesstions would also be appreciated.

Re: WhirlWind Tour of Austin

by johnwilky53

you must see the bats fly from the bridge over the colerado just before dusk,its a fantastic experience.

Re: WhirlWind Tour of Austin

by butterfly_girl

For your whirwind tour of Austin, I would suggest taking a short walk along the river (hike n' bike trail) around sunset at about 8:00pm and check out the nightly "bat show" where millions of bats fly from under the Congress Street bridge. You can park at the lot by the 1rst street bridge and Riverside drive. There is a cool statutue of Stevie Ray Vaughan along the trail that is worth checking out too. If you have time, there is a sunset boat tour that you can take to see the bats for about $8.00. The link to info is
There will be lots of music and things to do on 6th street, even during the week, for club listings go to
There are so many clubs to choose from, just go from one to the next until you find one that you like.
As far as parking goes, if you circle around a few times, you can usually find a spot; I usually find somewhere to park around 5th street and San Antonio; there is also a state parking lot in that same area with $5.00 parking. I have suggestions on restaurants on my Austin page depending on what you like. For $2.00 beers and a nice patio, Hickory Street on 8th and Congress is a good spot. If you make it there, if you walk a few more blocks, you can walk the grounds of the State Capitol too.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions. Have fun!

Re: Re: WhirlWind Tour of Austin

by Djinn76

The bats and the capitol would be the two main things imho...
Walking around 6th could also be nice to discover the few historic buildings...
Just in case it is raining (I doubt it could ever rain in August in Texas ?), I'd add the LB Johnson Library or the Texas History museum to the list...


Travel Tips for Austin

Go to Spamarama at

by zypher

Go to Spamarama at
Auditorium Shores, Riverside Dr. and S. First St. Since I can't improve on what is said at, how's this:

Spam sushi? Spam kebobs? Perhaps Spam Jell-O? This annual event,
dubbed the 'Pandemonious Party of Potted Pork,' is a tribute to that
World War II staple, Spam, the potted ham that was pulled out of GI
knapsacks in the woods of Germany and on the islands of the South
Pacific. Cooks, some of them serious professional chefs, compete for
prizes, but for those who would rather play with their food there is a Spam
Toss, a Spam Relay featuring a Spam baton and, of course, a Spam Jam.
The latter does not involving strumming a Spam slice, but it does feature
some of Austin's live bands and popular musicians. In recent years Steve
Fromholz and the Uranium Savages have been on the menu. The cooking
contest judges include celebrities like musician-author Kinky Friedman.
Usually held on the second Saturday of April, the location has changed
over the years so check the entertainment listings in the local paper.
Admission is $5.

Memorial Stadium

by kd_baby

The full name is "Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium". This stadium can hold roughly 80,000 people. Money; c'mon make the vendors happy. Other than that, you might want to consider bringing some binoculars.

If you want the best breakfast...

by exchangeafew

If you want the best breakfast taco and gorditas youve ever had, head to Dos Hermanos. It certainly isnt the white tablecloth 5 star kind of place, but the food is better than anything you would get in a place like that. Of course, everybody goes to Chewy's as well. Careful with those margarittas... they tend to sneak up on you.

Austin Chronicle-your bible for what's happening

by klasher

New issues are distributed throughout the city every Thursday. Pick one up and try and choose from the many things going on in the city. You can also check out the website for backlogged reviews of bands, restaraunts and clubs.

A great happy hour spot

by Jefie about The Cedar Door

The Cedar Door has an interesting history: it first opened in 1975 and since then it has had to relocate 4 different times! Luckily, its clientele didn't mind the moves and kept on following. Today it is located at the corner of 2nd and Brazos, and its patio (also known as the beer garden) is a great place to be comes happy hour time. The menu is all about pub grubs: home-made potato chips, fries, wings, burgers - anything that goes well with an ice-cold drink! No dress code, but don't be surprised to see some people all dressed up, having just left the office


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