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The Great Outdoors

Head to the recently opened Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. After 18 months of construction, this 10-mile trail is open, offering spectacular waterfront views of Lady Bird Lake, cultural attractions and the towering skyscrapers of Austin's urban skyline. Learn more about the trail and The Boardwalk.

Dining Hotspots

You don't have to look far for amazing restaurants in Austin, but for a sneak peek at what's next on the menu, keep an eye out for these upcoming hotspots. 

For downhome cookin' served family-style, pull up a seat at Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, or get your own entrée with the modern interpretations of Southern classics at OlamaieWu Chow will be serving up Chinese classics, Juniper (an East Side spot by the Uchi team) will offer artisan Italian dishes, and for a taste of retro revisited, swing by Taco Flats, a taco joint inspired by an Austin Mexican restaurant that had its heyday in the 1970s. 

Trendy Tours

From guided historic walking tours to cruises, there are plenty of tours in Austin to suit a variety of styles. For a handcrafted, themed tour, book a trip with Austin Detours, and you could explore everything from Austin's best BBQ and beer to the hottest music venues. Audiophiles will love an Austin City Limits Studio Tour, where they'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the home of the "Austin City Limits" TV show.

If exploring on your own is more your speed (but you still want to know the best spots), try a tour by Double Decker Austin. This historic double decker bus will show you all the top sightseeing locations, and then you can hop off the bus to explore downtown's districts. 

Notable Nightlife

Kitsch comes standard at The Highball, but what else would you expect from a karaoke, Bingo and cocktail joint? There's even more entertainment to enjoy at Punchbowl Social, where you can enjoy a drink while playing darts, ping pong, marbles, old-school arcade games, bowling and more. Side your brews with a full lineup of sports at Concrete Cowboy.

Seeking more fine drinks? Go right to the source, with a trip to vodka-maker Deep Eddy Distillery & Tasting Room, located in nearby Dripping Springs, or sample some delightful wines in the cozy tasting lounge at The Austin Winery, an urban winery located on the East side of Austin. Head to Argus Cidery for sparkling hard ciders made from Texas apples.

Exciting Exhibits

The Making of Gone with the Wind
Through 1/4/2015
Harry Ransom Center
Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood classic, with this exhibit that features story boards, costume sketches, fan mail, on-set photographs and concept art from the making of the 1939 film.

Do Ho Suh 
Through 1/11/2015
The Contemporary Austin
This architectural installation reveals truths about space, boundaries and displacement.

Predicament of Always 
Through 1/11/2015
The Contemporary Austin
This video installation explores language, selfhood and action in an American West setting.

Fly Girls of WWII
Through 2/1/2015
Bullock Museum
Learn about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II.

La Belle
Through 5/17/2015
Bullock Museum
Discover the fascinating story of this 17th century ship that wrecked at sea.

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999-2015
The Contemporary Austin
Sculptor Tom Sachs will have you looking at the iconic boombox in a whole new way.

JJ Peet: Brain to Hand to Object
The Contemporary Austin
Described as a kind of "coded, free-form cultural assemblage, a combination of made and found materials that prods and questions dominant systems," Peet's work is a see-for-yourself.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Harry Ransom Center
Celebrate 150 years of Alice with an exhibition for all ages.

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
The Blanton Museum of Art
View moving artwork from a decade of turmoil, change and struggle for racial equality.

Texas Roller Derby, Reflections 
Bullock Museum
Dig into the fascinating women's full-contact sport through this exhibit coinciding with the 2015 Austin X Games.

Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
The Blanton Museum of Art
Natalie Frank unveils the adult side of famous and beloved childhood fairytales.