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Austin, TX 78741
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Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir of the undulating Colorado River, in central Austin. Originally known as the Town Lake, this reservoir was created in 1960 with the erection of the Longhorn Dam. For a decade this lake was left in a derelict state, until it was transformed into a beautiful recreation zone in the 1970s. In 2007, the lake was given the name Lady Bird Lake, honoring the memory of the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. A number of activities are organized in and around this lake. You can rent a boat to sail on its calm waters or fish, or even enjoy an exhilarating hike or bike along the trails of this lake.
Several Austin restaurants and bars have Live Oak brands (including Big Bark Amber Lager, Live Oak Pale Ale and Live Oak Pilz) on tap. Beer-enthusiasts will appreciate not only the rich malt flavors they find in the tasting room, but also the process behind the brew. The two owners of this company traveled to Prague to learn ancient techniques, and then developed their own unique process. The guided tour, which explains how decoction mash, open fermentation and secondary lagering make Live Oak beers unique, takes about two hours. Free samples follow every tour.
Walking along the trail of Lady Bird Lake, Festival Beach is a beautiful place to spend your days doing nothing. For those wishing to make the most of their day off by playing some sports with pals or just for some quality time with family, there are a host of things to do. Basketball courts and fishing areas are available for the young and old alike. The picnic shelter allows groups to spend gleeful days. Do visit this place for a pleasant day in the city.
Over the years, Austin's Fiesta Gardens have been home to numerous festivals and cultural events. This venue has become a firm favorite with organizers because of the thick grass and luscious foliage which prevent it from becoming an annoying dust-filled space. A sheltered pavilion coupled with multiple stages and a superlative layout along the waterside, sets apart these festive gardens from other outdoor event spaces.
The McKinney Falls State Park, located in southeast Austin, at a short distance from the downtown area, is the ideal spot for a fun day out with family and friends. Whether you're into fitness and recreational sports, or just want to lounge about and have a leisurely day, this park is for you. This day park offers a number of activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, as well as fishing and swimming in the Onion Creek. The park also has a 500 year old cypress tree that is worth a visit. The park visitor center can provide you with all the required information.
Hops and Grain is an eco-friendly brewery that crafts delicious beer. Not only is their brew sold in easily recyclable aluminum cans, the company also gives 1% back to non-profit or environmental organizations. Take a tour of the 2,000 square foot tap room to see how this tasty brew is crafted. Make sure you pick up some of their dog Brewery Briskets, this pet treat is created with spent brewing grains allowing the brewery to use grains that might otherwise been thrown away.
This fully functional organic farm has won many awards for its urban farming techniques. Purchase fantastic fresh vegetables on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (9am-2pm), or let your kids experience real farm life right in the heart of the city—animals and tractors are some of the biggest attractions for the little ones on market day. While shopping for produce, take a peek at the historic farmhouse, noted as one of the oldest existing buildings in Austin (built in 1838).
Pan Am Park has many facilities, including areas for barbecuing and playing sports, and a recreation center. The center holds classes and other events. Call or see the website for more information.
Cross the river from downtown and enter the wonderful South Congress Avenue District. Browse through its many shops and check out eateries that tantalize the taste buds and the pocketbooks. Check out Uncommon Objects, a wonderful import and knick knack shop, or The Armadillo Market, which carries everything Texas. For the famished shopper, there are more than enough options: Tex-Mex at Guerro's or the eclectic Magnolia Café are all favorites with the locals. After a cup of coffee or lunch, you should browse the retro resale shops along the avenue.
A visit to Austin isn't complete without a visit to the aristocratic Rainey Street. This quaint street is flanked by historical residences and a canopy of green trees. Most houses are under private occupation, however some have been converted into swanky bars and restaurants, so much so that this area is famous for its bar scene. These establishments retain the vintage feel of the place, whilst infusing the picturesque houses with contemporary decor. This gives rise to a unique bar culture, and most of the restaurants boast of extensive porches and backyards. Do visit this area for its ebullient nightlife and cocktail lounges that coexist with the quiet, old-world charm of this residential zone.
From 1843 to 1912 this cabin was home to Henry Green Madison. After caring for eight children with his wife Louise in this cabin, they finally built a larger home in 1886. The Madisons built this new frame house around the structure of the old cabin and it was not again seen until a construction crew uncovered it in 1968. The cabin currently resides in Rosewood Park after its donation to the City of Austin by Ninabelle Wooten.
This 22-acre (8.9-hectare) cemetery is the final resting place of some of Austin's most famous military and public figures, including Stephen F. Austin, Barbara Jordan and nearly 2200 veterans of the Confederate Army. It was restored in 1997 with a visitor center addition and is a very tranquil place to be. Visitors may call ahead to arrange for guided tours, or take a private tour with help from the Visitor Center's information packets. Admission is free.