Blast from Austin’s Past

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Tex-Mex, breakfast tacos, locally brewed beers, barbecue joints—these are unmistakably some of the things Austin is most celebrated for. But, Austin is far more cultured and diverse if you look beyond these areas. Influence from Asia, Europe, Africa, and Mexico have been in the city for decades and centuries, shaping the culture of this colorful city. The capital city has ridden the progressive waves of time, putting its mark on the map as a destination for entertainment, food, and arts. The following places are landmarks in Austin’s history, and visiting them is your gateway to learn why the Live Music Capital of the world is so much more than that. Prepare for a long day ahead, but trust that these places are worth it!

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Mount Bonnell

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Austin has tons of outdoor adventures within its city limits, and one of the best is Mount Bonnell. Named after The Texas Sentinel publisher George W. Bonnell, scaling the 775 foot peak offers stunning views of the entire city. Visitors are welcome to bring food, relax, and connect with nature. If you want the optimum experience, wait until the golden hour for a magical hiking experience.

  • Mt Bonnell, Austin, TX 78731, USA

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St Mary Catholic Cathedral

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Established in the 1850s, the St. Mary Catholic Cathedral is the oldest catholic church in Austin. The church has undergone several renovations over the years, keeping its majestic charm intact. Inside, you’ll be awed by the original beautiful stained glass work and a blue dome dotted with stars to reflect the heavens. If you’re seeking tranquility and comfort along with your dose of history, this cathedral is a must-see.

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Oakwood Cemetery

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The Oakwood Cemetery is a resting place for many notable individuals in Austin’s history, including philanthropist and preservationist Rebecca Jane Fisher and author Annie Webb Blanton. While ghost hunting seems like the go-to activity in Oakwood Cemetery, take a different approach by visiting the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel to learn more about Austin’s heritage. The 100-year-old gravestones are worth more than a quick look while enjoying a quiet walk throughout the area.

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The Paramount Theatre

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From unforgettable music performances to hilarious comedy shows, the Paramount Theatre has shown it all. Many legendary names have graced its stage, from Dave Chappelle to Katharine Hepburn, and even former President Barack Obama. The theatre still makes up a huge part of Austin’s entertainment landscape to this day. It’s never too late to see a show there, so free up your schedule and visit!

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Deep Eddy Municipal Pool

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It’s no secret that Austin has hot summers. When ice cream isn’t enough to cool you down, heading to Deep Eddy Pool might do the trick. The oldest swimming pool in the city, it’s been around since 1936. Lay down a towel and sunbathe for a quintessential summer in the city. Little ones can join the fun, too at this family-friendly pool. Fun fact: Texas artist Jimmie Dale Gilmore wrote a song inspired by the Deep Eddy Pool!

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Pioneer Farms Drive

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Travel back to the 1800s when you visit Pioneer Farms. The 90-acre museum is divided into six historic themed areas, each narrating Texas’ eventful past. Have a look at the century-old oak tree that once sheltered the Tonkawa at their encampment site, or learn more about the life of wealthy families at the 1886 Cotton Planters Farm from the days when cotton, not oil, was king. There are also numerous workshops and classes held here, including archery, backyard farming, and candle-making for those who want a new hobby.

  • Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754, USA

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