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What to do the local way?

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What to do the local way?

Hi there guys, I am coming for my first visit to the states and have set my sights on Texas. I will be travelling on my own, so woman alone can sometimes cause some issues. It will be in August this year and I have been warned about the heat, but coming from South Africa, heat is really not a problem.

I would like to get some real local vibes. I have decided not to set an itinerary, but rather just do the travel by feel. I will do the tourist attraction, but would rather like the local feel. What can you guys suggest; I am not in a rush.

Where would a woman on her own go, stay and do. I generally travel on my own. Meeting people will not be the problem, it’s just about where do I go. I am not a youngster wanting to party all the time, but fun will definitely be had!

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1. Re: What to do the local way?

With the heat in Ausgust, many locals just stay inside as much as possible! We typically get out early in the morning or late in the evening when it starts cooling off a little. If you want to be out during the day, many locals spend time at the area lakes or at Barton Springs Pool - austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-po…

August is usually pretty quiet in Austin until the students return near the end of the month. There are still events and concerts and the like though. Check out www.austin360.com for music and event listings and pick up a copy of the Austin Chronicle when you get to town. Try to find a place to stay near South Congress. There are lots of restaurants and funky shops, but it's still got a very neighborhood feel.

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2. Re: What to do the local way?

Check out the Couch Surfing community. There are lots of locals that get together with visitors and generally have fun. https://www.couchsurfing.org

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I like staying at The Austin Motel on South Congress. It's budget friendly. Has the best pool in town - you'll need it!! I stay there with my kids w/o any safety issues including walking S Congress at night. You'll find lots of locals at Snack Bar, Jo's for coffee, Amy's for ice cream, Uncommon Objects for poking around.

Barton Spring will be a must!

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4. Re: What to do the local way?

Do be aware of the dates the students return to The University of Texas. This is a busy time for hotels and restaurants. Many hotels fill up and prices are generally higher. If your stay coincides with this weekend, you'd be better off booking in advance rather than turning up and trying to find a room.

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5. Re: What to do the local way?

Hi,

when do the students return?

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6. Re: What to do the local way?

August 29 Wednesday Classes begin.

registration/adminstrative etc the previous week...

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I second the vote for the Austin Motel. Realize they are a small place without a computerized reservation system - they take reservations 3 months in advance. See their webside FAQ about how to do this and more information: http://www.austinmotel.com/FAQ.html

Once you have that taken care of you'll be in a great location to find things to do. A local radio station has free concerts and shows during the summer, Unplugged at the Grove is every Thursday at the Shady Grove- you'll find friendly people there http://www.kgsr.com/unplugged/ KGSR also does Blues on the Green at Zilker park, that normally stops in early August. I haven't seen the line-up yet.

Enjoy Lady Bird Lake. There are rowing places where you can rent kayaks, take SUP lessons (stand-up paddle boards)., etc.

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8. Re: What to do the local way?

Go inner-tubing down the Comal or Guadelupe rivers. It's the best thing to do on a blisteringly hot August day.

If you drive, I strongly suggest you consider renting a car for all or part of your trip. Car2Go is another good option.

Iron Works BBQ is near downtown & will give you lots of local flavor. Stubbs has BBQ and some big name bands & I would feel comfortable there by myself.

If you like to shop, there are some really large outlet malls about an hour out of town - in Round Rock (or maybe it's Georgetown) & San Marcos -> there is tubing there too.

The food trucks on South Congress are really good - Mighty Cone is my favorite.

Mozart's, Hula Hut or Abel's on the Lake (all have great patios on the lake).

I admire your bravery, traveling by yourself. You'll find Texans are very friendly.

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9. Re: What to do the local way?

another vote for Barton Springs pool

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visit to Amy's Ice Cream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucgqV8JHfv0

Texas State Museum..IMAX film (Bob Bullock Museum)

Austin Tours something a little kitchy... Duck Tour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUhjXCfolxY

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Broken Spoke Honkey Tonk

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Lockhart TX...BBQ mecca

http://video.klru.tv/video/1632333652/

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in between Austin and San Antonio..Gruene TX (New Braunfels TX) ..dance hall, free music daily, general store etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKA4nm_2_8Q

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10. Re: What to do the local way?

Try a food truck tour if you can. Some amazing stuff out there. Try to hit the Liberty on E. 6th -- cool hangout w/a great patio, cheap drinks, and amazing food in a trailer on the patio (East Side Kings by Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef)

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