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Austin is a vibrant and quirky city home to more adventures than you could have in a single weekend. From live music, superb dining, dramatic and down-to-earth cocktail bars and breweries, to the University of Texas campus and beyond, Austin has so much to offer its residents and visitors it’s hard to decide what you should put at the top of your to-do!

We’ve narrowed down a few iconic activities for both tourists and long-time residents alike!

Peter Pan Mini Golf

Peter Pan Mini Golf welcomes you from south of the river near Zilker Park with a larger-than-life Peter Pan figurine, and tons of smiling and laughing kids and adults. Come on, it’s mini golf! In operation since 1948, the course features handcrafted sculptures of many different types of animals, as well as a giant dinosaur, and a giant shoe. Not only do kids enjoy the course, but it’s also fun for adults as well thanks to the course’s BYOB policy. Drink responsibly to keep your mini golf game on point!

The University of Texas Tower

The University of Texas Tower, which is located at the aptly-named University of Texas, is used by both students and employees alike for both the library and various administrative offices. You can also venture up to the observation deck as part of a special tower tour, which generally about 45 minutes, but offers an experience of lifetime for hardcore UT fans. The tour is the only way that anyone can obtain access to the tower’s observation deck, which also provides a 360-degree view of the campus, as well as the Capitol and other surrounding areas!

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool is an Austinite staple. This natural pool is filled with fresh water that comes from nearby springs, and some areas of the pool can go as deep as 18 feet, so bring your floaties! If swimming isn’t your thing, take it the natural beauty on the expansive grassy hills on either side of the pool. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one of the Barton Springs Salamanders, which is considered to be an endangered species.

Zilker Botanical Garden

The Zilker Botanical Gardens are a perfect way to wrap up a busy day, or to just relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. The gardens feature plenty of different plants and beautiful scenery to walk amongst, including an expansive and gorgeous Japanese garden, a butterfly garden, and a rose garden. From the higher points you can see the tops of the downtown skyscrapers, but it’s easy to forget you’re even in the city once you start taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the garden.

Thank you for reading our real estate and homeowner’s blog. We are Weichert Realtors – Barton Harris & Co. and we’re happy to have helped you learn more about things to do in Austin!