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20 Things You Can Do Only if You’re Living in Austin Texas

The city of Austin, Texas during SXSW

Over the years, there seem to be an increase in the number of people who enjoy living in Austin, Texas. Out of the many cities in the state, Austin has become a unique hub that has something to offer a wide variety of people. With a motto that suggests that weird is the way to go, Austin is also a popular place for people who want to experience a different sort of city experience. However, while the living in Austin have no doubt that everything is bigger (and better) in Texas, those who are not from the area may not understand the draw that Austin has. So, what’s so special about the city that it has so many people wanting to call Austin home? Here are 20 things you can only do if you’re living in Austin, Texas.

Swim in Barton Springs

People swimming in Barton Springs

Barton Springs is one of the many natural springs located in the city, and those living in Austin love to take advantage of the cool water during the Texas heatwaves. Even if swimming isn’t your thing, just hanging out and enjoying the beauty is also a nice option.

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The Zilker Kite Festival

Butterfly kite at Zilker Kite Festival

You’re never to old to enjoy a nice day flying kites, and fortunately for those living in Austin, Texas the Zilker Kite Festival gives people a chance to enjoy beautiful weather and beautiful kites once every year. The festival, which will take place again on March 6, 2016 features a day full of fun kite centered events for people of all ages.

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Make UT your home team

University of Texas Longhorns Football

The University of Texas is the states’ “flagship state university” and has become very popular over the years for its division 1 sports teams. Each year, people from all over the place flock to the university to visit the campus and to watch Longhorns football.

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The Greenbelt

View of the water at the green belt in Austin, Texas

If there’s one thing people in Austin, Texas definitely have a lot of, its beautiful natural scenery. The Greenbelt is a popular spot for people who enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, kayaking, and tubing. Airmen’s Cave, which is also part of The Greenbelt, is the longest cave in the area.

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Visit the Cathedral of Junk

The Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas

While Austin’s cathedral of junk may be heaven for hoarders, it’s also a great attraction for anyone who just loves seeing a bunch of cool stuff. Founded in 1988, the Cathedral of Junk is literally what it sounds like – a cathedral made of 60 tons junk.

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Watch a movie at the Paramount Theater

Austin's historic Paramount Theater

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theater has been entertaining guests and people living in Austin, Texas for a century. The classic style theater is one of a kind, and has welcomed some of the great movies and live shows in American history.

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Listen to live music daily at places like the Elephant Room

Austin Undergound scene at the Elephant Room

Sure, you can listen to jazz anywhere, but enjoying jazz at the Elephant Room is something that can only be done in Austin. But if jazz isn’t your thing, don’t worry, one of the best things about living in Austin, Texas is that you can find good live music any day of the week.

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Take advantage of all of the beautiful lakes

House on Lake Austin

Austin is a pretty big city, and with that being said, one of anything usually isn’t enough. When it comes to lakes, Austin certainly has no shortage, and there are several lakes for residents to enjoy. If you’re lucky – you may even be able to live in a home by the water one day.

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Wear cowboy boots

Kacey musgraves wearing cowboy boots

Okay, so technically you can wear cowboy boots anywhere, but living in Austin, Texas means that cowboy boots can officially become a part of your wardrobe, and you won’t have to teal with people looking at you like you’re insane.

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Make regular trips to the original Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market sign

Many people may not realize that Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas; however, those living in the city are well aware. With that being said, being a resident of Austin means that you get to visit the original Whole Foods whenever you’d like, and while this may not seem like a big deal to some, this is a Whole Foods shopper’s dream.

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Enjoy Austin’s cuisine

Pork tacos from street festival

Sure, almost every place brags about having unique cuisine, but Austin definitely has some good eats that those living in the city probably can’t imagine life without. Since Austin is all about staying weird, you probably won’t be surprised to know that some of the city’s unique dishes are pretty strange. Some of Austin’s dishes include the reuben hotdog, love balls, and the brisket cheesesteak.

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Watch the bats from Congress Bridge

Bat soaring through the air

Bats are pretty creepy to most people, but people living in Austin, Texas get to enjoy a view of bats like never before. Every day at dusk, a flock of bats emerges from under the Congress Bridge, and watching them fly across the lake is something that even long time residence still enjoy doing.

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Go to the Austin garage sale

Women looking through sale items

Everybody loves a good sale, and fortunately for people living in Austin, Texas, the City Wide Garage Sale is the perfect opportunity to catch some good deals. The garage sale takes place during the weekends, and gives shoppers the chance to pick up great vintage items.

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The chance to be a resident of the Capitol City

Texas State Capitol Building

As Texas’ capital city, Austin residents are definitely in a prime location to experience some great history. Although living at the state’s capitol may not seem like a big deal, Texas is so large that many residents may not ever get a chance to see it.

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South Congress Avenue

Austin's popular South Congress Avenue

Commonly referred to as SoCo, Austin’s South Congress Avenue is home to the South Congress neighborhood and is one of the most well-known shopping and cultural districts in the country. Residents of Austin love hanging out in the area, and can always find something to do. South Congress Avenue is also home to many food trucks, where customers can enjoy a variety of different foods.

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Watch beautiful sunsets in Austin

Beautiful sunset over a field

Sunsets are beautiful in most places, but there’s something about watching a sunset in the city of Austin that is a unique experience. Plus, with all of the beautiful parks and lakes in the city, there are lots of great places to enjoy the sunset.

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Help keep Austin weird

Austin Celebrates the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

With a motto like “Keep Austin Weird” those who call the city home are responsible for helping Austin live up to its reputation. Although being weird isn’t always considered a good thing, the people living in Austin, Texas are proud of their weird city.

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Austin Bike Zoo

Commuter riding bike through the city

Cycling has become a popular part of most major cities, but Austin is the only city that can say it has a bike zoo.  That’s right, the Austin Bike Zoo, takes bikes to an entirely new level thanks to a lot of creativity. The”zoo” consists of several unique and interactive designs made of bicycles.

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SXSW

Kanye West performing at SXSW

SXSW is one of the biggest and most anticipated music and movie festivals in the country – and it only takes place in Austin. With that being said, living in Austin, Texas is the best way to make sure that you can get to SXSW ever year, and it’ll feel extra special to know that you don’t have to travel hundreds or thousands of mils to be in attendance.

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Brag about living in the best city in Texas

Austin Celebrates the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

Sure, everyone thinks their city is the best, but there’s a certain sense of pride that people living in Austin, Texas feel and many of them enjoy saying that they live in the best city in the state, and one of the best cities in the entire country.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.