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Birthday Blast!

Guest blog post by Sarah Stasica of Treat Party Boutique I decorated (and attended) my first paddleboarding birthday party at Austin Paddle Shack and it was so much fun! I had only paddleboarded once before and I was curious about how the kids would do out there. It was a seventh birthday so most kids were only six or seven and I was surprised at how well they all did. Some of the parents were a little bit nervous (myself included) before we got on the water but once we got out there it was seriously magical. I think my friend has started a new kid birthday party trend because all of the parents were talking about how perfect everything was once we were back on shore cutting into the cake. I created the party design and package and it was…

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December 4, 2019

5 Tips for Traveling to Austin!

5 Tips for Visiting Austin Austin is an eclectic and artistic city known for its live-music scene, energetic culture, inspiring cuisine, and stunning natural beauty. The “keep it weird” attitude here makes this town so much fun to explore. You can find plenty of family-friendly activities, beautiful hiking paths, hipster cafés, and vibrant nightlife hotspots. If you are ready to experience it all, then check out our 5 tips for planning your vacation to Austin.   #1 Best Time to Visit The summers in Austin are incredibly humid with temperatures in the mid to high 90s. Unless you love this weather for some reason, it’s probably best to visit from September to November or March to May, when temperatures are averaging around 70s to 80s. The winter in Austin is also enjoyable with temperatures in the low to mid-60s. It…

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November 2, 2019

See Ya ACL 2019!

Well we have wrapped up another amazing year of ACL here in Austin! Over the past 2 weekend we have see over 130 bands play across 8 insane stages all here in downtown Austin’s Zilker Park. Artist from all genres, countries, and walks of life came to give show off their awesome talents. We hosted performances by Lizzo, Kacey Musgraves, Guns N’ Roses, Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, and GRiZ just to name a few of the heavy hitters. Over 450,000 people came to attend the 2 sold out weekends braving some wackiest weather we have had this season. Through the cold, rain, sun, and heat many “die hard” fans had one of the best experiences of their lives. As we close the book on this years festival, we are eager to see what’s instore next year at ACL Fest…

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October 16, 2019

Swimming in Lady Bird Lake

Most people are unaware that it’s illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake. This law was passed in 1964 after two drownings occurred in the lake. The stronger than expected current and large underwater debris uphold the danger of swimming in this lake today. While you can’t swim in Lady Bird lake, here’s a list of watering holes where you can legally cool down: Barton Springs Barton Creek Greenbelt Deep Eddy Municipal Pool (cash only) Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis (ages 18+) Hamilton Pool (reservations required) Jacob’s Well (reservation required)

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September 29, 2019

Happy September!

Add some culture to your weekend with Austin Museum Day Sunday, September 22nd. Enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at a ton of Austin-area museums! When you’re exploring be sure to tag your photos with #MuseumDay2019 and #AustinMuseums. Check out the many participating museums: Art Galleries at Black Studies at UT Austin History Center, Austin Public Library Austin Nature & Science Center The Blanton Museum of Art Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Brush Square Museums: Susanna Dickinson Museum and O. Henry Museum Bullock Texas State History Museum Chateau Bellevue-Austin City of Austin Cultural Arts Division Creative Action Dougherty Arts Center Elisabet Ney Museum Historic 1858 German Free School at German-Texan Heritage Society Harry Ransom Center Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Landmarks, The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum…

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September 3, 2019

6th Street Fun!

Enjoying downtown can be a great time, especially historic 6th Street on a weekend! The street gets closed down on Saturdays at night and has a very community feel to walk around, with many great bars and restaurants to dip and dive into. Make sure you Grab a Slice of Pizza at Roppolo’s or grab an awesome gyro from the food stands, but be quick they move often! It doesn’t always have to be weekend fun either to have fun downtown, on Wednesday nights the Flamingo Cantina is a Great place to enjoy Reggae Vibes and an open patio with friends! Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Austin!

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May 1, 2019

Experience Austin’s Bats from the Water

By Renee Cornue Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the Congress Avenue Bat emergence, then you might know that 30 years ago, Dr. Tuttle was exceedingly instrumental in establishing protection and public affection for the nearly 2 million Brazilian free-tailed bats that now call the bridge home. If you haven’t yet had the…

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April 22, 2019

Bats in Austin!

It’s no secret to how awesome Austin is, but there is one aspect that people tend to forget that is right over their heads in the night sky, we’re talking bats! Austin is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony that houses about 1.7 million Mexican Free Tail Bats. This colony resides right under…

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March 17, 2019

Check This Out!

While there is no shortage of nightlife in Austin, I’m often asked what activities there are to do during the day. One suggestion is to search for the street art that’s teeming around the city. While I could tell you where to find Austin’s Instagram famous murals, it’s more fun to randomly stumble upon these treasures. You just might discover a new favorite. Here are some streets to explore: 1st, 6th, South Congress, Lamar, and The Drag (on Guadalupe). Of course, the one place you must visit is the Hope Outdoor Gallery. Bring a can of spray paint with you as these cement walls invite you to embrace your inner graffiti artist. Be sure to visit soon, because the graffiti park is set to move to a new location later in 2019.

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February 28, 2019

A Taste of Spring!

Are you as excited as we are that we in central Texas have had a few days warm enough to enjoy the many bodies of water in Austin? Get those kayaks and paddleboards ready to hit the waves, but also make sure you’re up to date on the local ordinances. In addition to the Texas…

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February 17, 2019

Down town fun!

6th street fun! Enjoying downtown can be a great time. The street get closed down on Saturdays and has a very community feel to walk around. Make sure you Grab a Slice of Pizza at Roppolo’s. I am also a fan of the great little Gyro stand that is there from time to time. It doesn’t always have to be weekend fun either. On Wednesday nights the Flamingo Cantina is a Great place to enjoy Reggae Vibes and an open patio with friends!

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February 4, 2019

Winter Time Eats!

In the winter time one of my favorite things to eat is some delicious, warm, and comforting BBQ. He’s some of out top picks around Austin!   Styles Switch in Austin TX is one of the best if you haven’t been! They have one of the Biggest and best Dinosaur Ribs (beef ribs) in the Business – Yum! The Salt Lick is one of the most enjoyable venues I have ever eaten at. The studded oak outdoor patios are a joy with their warm heaters, especially when they have live music. They also offer an awesome Family Style dinning option. Last but not least one the original TX BBQ joints – Black’s BBQ- It’s a must visit! If this doesn’t hit the spot, you may want to check for a pulse! Their brisket is out of this world as well…

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January 15, 2019

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