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Small-Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country
"Meet at the Austin Visitor Center 20 minutes before your chosen departure time and hop in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz van equipped with large windows for sightseeing. On a fully narrated 1.5-hour tour travel through historic downtown Austin and pass more than 40 top sites including Lady Bird Lake the Texas Capitol the haunted Driskill Hotel the University of Texas Moonlight Tower
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Austin Capitol Segway Tour
"This capitol tour is led by an enthusiastic Austin guide that will be prepared to make your experience memorable. Your trip begins with an orientation of the tour and the segway human transporter you will ride to explore the city. After training you will be off riding single file or two-by-two around Austin. Your first stop will be the Driskill Hotel where you will get to walk around the interior investigating ghost stories relayed to you by the front desk staff. Your adventure will continue up to the Capitol where you will be delighted with interesting and historical information about Austin. Your s and your guide aims to make it the best tour you have taken in your life!""""This Segway adventure will include historical information about Austin with a focus on the State Capitol of Texas 6th Street
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Ride The Segway Austin Tour
"Welcome to Austin! The “Ride The Segway” tour is a fun way to experience the Segway while getting an overview of the town. The tour lasts 60 minutes after training where you will glide alongside Austin's popular landmarks The State Capital of Texas The Driskill Hotel The Paramount Theater The Governor’s Mansion and more. After cruising around town on your Segway the tour will stop at the Driskill Hotel for a quick break and a chance to see inside the first hotel that opened in 1886 on Christmas Day. We have been rated #3 activity to do when visiting Austin; our tour is affordable and educational. This is a fun w
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Canoe or Kayak Trip in Austin

While in Austin, renting canoes or Kayaks on Barton Creek is worth a couple hours of your time. Being on the river is a different change of scenery from the hike & bike trail. Make sure to keep a watch for the two black swans who have recently made Barton Creek their home. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water if you go in the summer months. When you are done boating, head over to the Barton Springs for a swim or catch the little train ride that goes through Zilker Park.

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butterfly_girl
Apr 04, 2011

Natural Relaxation

I try and make a trip to Barton Springs every time i'm in Austin. The water stays at a year round 72 degrees because the natural spring which feeds the pool. I use the term "pool" very broadly when describing the spring. Diving board is fun. Always amazed by the beautiful people i see. Completely refreshing, especially during the summer. Only $3. great place for kids too

Murphman12
May 01, 2009

chill out with the beautiful people

It seems to me that most of the folks who go to Barton Springs are quite easy on the eye which makes for excellent people watching. It's really stunning here; completely different to any "pool" I've ever been to. It's natural, cool and refreshing even when it's scorchio outside. It's dirt cheap to get in and the water is very clear, although it sometimes has moss from the overhanging trees floating in it. You can rent a canoe and paddle down the river and it's like being in "Deliverance." It's great.

elise252
Oct 09, 2006

Chillin' at Barton Springs

Baton Springs is a huge natural springs right in the middle of town. The water is 65 degrees year round and is a great place to cool your heels in the hot summer months. Nudity is tolerated and the people watching is fantastic. There is plenty of shade on their extensive lawn. The pool is generally not crowded until 1 pm. admission is $3.

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Sep 25, 2006
 
 
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Cool and Refreshing!

A must during the summer. One of the best places to spend a lazy afternoon swimming, sunning, and people watching. The entrance fee for the pool is $3.00. Be sure to get a hand stamp for re-entry if you leave and plan to come back later in the day. Note - The pool is closed on Thursdays for cleaning.

Starla2005
Jun 15, 2006

Cool Waters in a Cool City

Waiting around until the nightlife kicks in can be a long wait...especially in the summer. So why not wait in nice, cool waters, surrounded by skantily clad people soaking up the sun? There's nothing like a long day of swimming, socializing, and sunbathing to make you really thirsty...

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richnewman
Jun 01, 2005

Taking a dip

Austin has a tendency to be extremely hot so one of the best watering holes is Barton Springs Pool. It's a natural aquifer that stays 68 degrees all year around. It can get crowded but you can take your family and either picnic or there are concessions which can be a little pricey. If you have a dog, there is an area outside of the pool, seperated by the chain link fence, that is totally dog friendly.

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Durallsquaw
Nov 06, 2004

Barton Springs - Pure Austin landmark

I'm sure most Austin pages already have this place, but what sort of Austinite would I be without including it?
Here is a place for natural relaxation. The 'pool' is really a spring-fed stream which maintains temperature (68 degrees F) year-round. The stream was dammed up to make the 900 foot pool, so it has a natural bottom. Its kinda fun to slip around on it but some places have water plants growing underneath so you have to watch out. There's also a diving board, places on the grass to lay your towel, and bathrooms/showers. It's only $3 to enter for adults. Pool doors open early at 5 a.m.

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Aug 17, 2004
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Take an Icy swim on a Hot day!

If you come to Austin Barton Springs pool is a well known "must see". This is as close as Austin has to having a beach. In the hot summer months this place is packed with sunbathers, hippies, musicians and kids all chilling at the pool. Bring a book, a blanket and sunglasses and get ready to people watch. Barton Springs will give you a real look into the Austin culture; hippie paradise in Texas!

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butterfly_girl
Apr 18, 2004

Barton Springs - Beat the Heat

Awesome in size, a beautiful swimming "hole." Be prepared to swim in clear cold spring water. I like to go there when it is extremely hot. Once you put your toe into the water you will be grateful for the heat wave. It cost a few bucks to get in. There is a hamburger stand close to the entrance. A large children's playscape nearby. In cooler weather, take the kids to the playscape and walk over to the spring for a look.

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hadleybe
Aug 24, 2003

Go to Barton Springs. Barton...

Go to Barton Springs. Barton Springs stays cold year round (I think it's 68 degrees). Barton Springs has a pool that is fenced off from the springs itself, and you can also trek up the Greenbelt and find little spots to swim in. The pool is not free, and I can't remember how much it is. You can drive down Mopac a little further to find other swimming spots for free.

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SinKitty
Aug 25, 2002

Barton Springs

Known for its crystal clear waters, that attract turtles and fish. Barton Springs is a great destination for a cool (68F) swim or kayaking.

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Nov 02, 2014

Things to Do Near Austin

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Austin Visitor Center

A good place to stop first is the Austin/State Capitol Visitors Center located in the state capitol complex. I parked my car and decided to walk around downtown Austin and the parking area was right...
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The Driskill

The Driskill Hotel is Austin's most famous and classiest hotel. If you're like me you probably can't afford to stay there but that shouldn't stop you from going in to have a look at the beautiful...
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The Paramount Theatre

This theater was completed in 1915 using a design by Chicago architects, Eberson, Fugard and Knapp and was originally called the "Majestic". It was remodeled and renamed the "Paramount" in the 1930s....
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O. Henry Museum

William Sydney Porter was born in Greensboro, N.C. in 1862. He moved to a ranch near Cotulla, Texas in 1882 and to Austin, Texas in 1884. Porter was a pharmacist, a draftsman, a bank teller, and a...
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Texas Capitol & Capitol Building

There were a number of units from Texas that fought in the Civil War. Two of the most famous were The Texas Brigade (also known as "Hood's Brigade" or "General Hood's Texas Cavalry Boys") and the 8th...
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French Legation Museum

I was a little surprised to hear about a French connection in Austin so I decided to stop by the French Legation Museum. Turns out that French connection wasn't such a great one since it was the home...
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