The famous Authour O. Henry was from Austin and now every year we have the O Henry Pun-off.
Known as the punniest show on earth, this contest is very unique to Austin, and occurs every May!
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Austin is known as a very friendly community, which seems to lure alot of travelers to its shores.
One of the wonderful group activities we have here is the Austin Travel Circle, which is a group of several members who meet twice a month to enjoy stories of other travelers as well as showing future trip plans to others who enjoy travelling!
The group meets on the first and third Mondays of every month at the Austin Youth Hostel (2200 S. Lakeshore Blvd.) at 7pm.
The Austin Travel Circle is a great group of people that meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00pm to discuss travel of all kinds and to engage any travelers who may be visiting Austin. The discussions are lively and usually include lots of cool travel photos. We would love if you joined us! We already have 3 VT members that have joined.
Austin Youth Hostel
2200 S. Lakeshore Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
The 40th or 41st (lost count) annual Eeyores birthday party takes place the last Saturday in April.This is a one of a kind gathering that has something for everyone.There are lots of activities for the kids early in the day and as the day wears on the party gets more bizzare with folks dressed up in all sorts of costumes.Groups gather throughout the park in drum cirlcles and wierdness is the order of the day.Local micro breweries supply the beer and there is enough beer consumesd to float a aircraft carrier.
All over Austin there are tons of neat statues. There are many on the capital grounds, as well as in other locations. We saw a few on the UT campus, too. The workmanship is awesome. If you like art and appreciate artistry, take time to look at the Austin statuary.
While in Austin we stopped at the offices of Great Wall China Adoption, the agency we used to adopt our daughter. The people in the office are the best! And the mural of the Great Wall makes a great backdrop for photos, as you can see in the photo. If you are interested in adoption, add this to your list of place to drop by. Tell them Kim sent you.
Directly across from the main drive into the capital complex, there is an old building that houses a bakery. It has been there for over 100 years and is currently run by the local senior center as a fundraiser. Makes a great place to grab a quick bite to refuel as you take the various walking tours. Right in front of the bakery is a little park with the foundation of the old capital that burned to the ground in the 1800's. Great place for squirrel watching!
If you have the time and the weather cooperates, try to take at least one of the walking tours that leave from the steps of the capital. There are three - one of the capital grounds, one of the Bremond Block of historic homes, and another of Congress Ave. We did the capital grounds, and planned to do at least one of the other two, but it started to rain. :( The guide was nice and knowledgeable, and I really get a feel for the history of the place. The "reverse" rotunda behind the capital was one of the highlights of the tour.
San Marcos is situated between Austin and San Antonio and is said to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in North America. There is evidence of Native Americans living along the riverbanks from as far back as 12,000 years ago. The San Marcos River is a nationally recognised natural treasure. South West Texas University is also located there.
New Braunfels is in Comal County, about 45 miles south of Austin. New Braunfels is a little bit of old Germany right in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. The Guadalupe River starts at Canyon Dam and flow through New Braunfels for about 18 miles. It is one of the most popular tubing rivers in Texas.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is set on Lake Austin and it's a casual upscale environment where people gather to drink coffee, eat dessert, sit on the patio and listen to music, play cards, talk, study or just sit and watch the lake.
3826 Lake Austin Blvd
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Check out the capitol building and the park. It's a nice way to spend a warm afternoon. The capitol building is home to the governor, George W. Bush and all the state officials. You could check out the history of Austin in this building too. The park that surrounds it overlooks the rest of the city (somewhat) and is a nice place to have a picnic.
Looking for something to make your Austin trip more memorable? Head over to Capitol Skydiving, 20 minutes outside Austin. Fantastic staff and great folks to make your ground time entertaining.
This is located to the SE of Austin near Bastrop. This is the TOP site in central Texas, full of restored antique autos.
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