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Austin, Texas is the blue dot in the middle of a red state, but that’s not where the uniqueness ends! The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin is quirky and fun, with plenty of nightlife and tourist attractions to do after work.
Stroll Down South Congress
SoCo, as they call it, is a nice Austin area just to stroll down. See if you can find the Washboard Tie or various other musicians playing on the street. Passionate people will ask you to sign petitions, quirky vendors will sell goods. Maybe a street poet will clack out a poem for you on his typewriter!
See the Bridge Bats
Nearly one and a half million bats live under the South Congress Bridge. Between March and November, the bats depart from the bridge in flocks between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Several companies, like this one, offer boat tours to see the bats. You can find a spot for free along the Austin bridge and watch the bats fly out from the river bank!
Two-Step at Broken Spoke
The Broken Spoke is the epitome of classic country dancehall! Featuring live music and a bar, Broken Spoke is a friendly place to blow off some steam after work. Bring a group and dance together, or simply wait for someone there to sweep you off your feet! Wednesday through Saturday, they offer dance lessons from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Not a dancer? Tuesday through Saturday you can enjoy dinner with live music in their restaurant!
Splash Around at Barton Springs
May through September, you can enjoy the beautiful, spring-fed water inside Zilker Park. The pools stay open until 10:00 pm, and admission is free after 9:00 pm. Spend some time relaxing or playing frisbee at Zilker Park before jumping in. You’ll see locals playing with their dogs and doing yoga.
Party on 6th Street
In the middle of downtown, 6th Street is synonymous with partying. They close the street to traffic at nighttime, and people simply hop from one bar to the next. Don’t worry if you’re there on a weeknight; it’s crazy every day of the week!
There’s an endless number of things to do and explore in Austin. Let us know some of your favorite attractions in the comments!
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