About Austin, Texas
“Keep Austin Weird” has long been the City of the Violet Crown’s catchphrase, and in some ways, it still rings true. However, over the last decade, the city has concentrated less on its penchant for all things weird and more on what it has to offer including beautiful scenery, bustling downtown district, and a booming economy.
If it’s entertainment you seek, Austin will spoil you. Want to catch a live concert? Austin is a hotbed for music that has churned out notable music legends. Fancy yourself a sports fan? The University of Texas is one of the finest sports programs in the country. Maybe you want to get into something that’s a little more family-friendly? You can kayak Lady Bird Lake or swim in beautiful Barton Springs Municipal Pool, among many other activities. Welcome to the capital of Texas, y’all.
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Background and History of Austin
Austin is the fourth-largest city in Texas. The current population sits at a little over 950,715 residents with an expected swell of up to 2.6 percent. It’s been known as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country seeing an average of 6`1,000 people move in annually.
Originally known as the riverside village of Waterloo, the area was occupied by Tonkawa and Comanche peoples in a buffalo-hunting region. In 1839, scouts selected it as the permanent capital of Texas renaming the area in honor of Stephen F. Austin, father of the Texas republic. When Mexico threatened invasion in 1842, the government moved to Houston. Shortly thereafter, Austinites were undeterred and were hell-bent on keeping Austin the capital, so they staged the Archive War which resulted in forcibly retaining government records. That same year, Texas was admitted to the United States.
Attractions in AustinAustin City Limits
Zilker Nature Preserve | Austin
This nationally recognized music festival is split into two fun weekends in October that have brought tons of notable acts from every music genre
SXSW (Music Festival)
Austin Convention Center | Austin
Much like Austin City Limits, this 10-day event brings musicians, actors, artists, innovators, and thought leaders to the city for a huge networking and entertaining event.
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave | Austin
No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should visit the second-biggest capitol building in the United States.
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It’s about an hour and some change outside of Austin, but worth it during the summer as you rent a float and glide down the beautiful Guadalupe River.
Lady Bird Lake
910 N. Harbor Dr | San Diego
Nestled against downtown, you can kayak, paddleboard, or take in an evening view of the Mexican free-tailed bats devouring their meals.
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Fun Facts About Austin
- Batman may not call Austin home, but the largest urban bat colony in North America does.
- Austin was originally named Waterloo.
- So, you think nude beaches only exist in France? Austin has the only nude beach in all of Texas.
- College rules the scene as Austin doesn’t have a professional sports team.
- Austin is the only city in the world that still operates Moonlight towers.
- It’s one of the sunniest cities in America with an average of 300 days of sunshine.
- In Austin, Eyeore’s birthday (Winnie The Pooh) is heavily celebrated on the last Saturday of April.
- The city covers 280 square miles, making it nearly as big as New York City.
- Austin is considered the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
- Austin has been a preferred filming location for such films as Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Office Space, and Kill Bill: Volume 1.
When you make it to the Lone Star State, visit Austin.
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