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Austin: Best Free Things to Do

  • Taking a Visitor Center Walking Tour: These history excursions are provided free by the city and are superb.

  • Visiting the LBJ Library: There's a lot to interest the visitor here, including an animatronic replica of the former President. LBJ was often very quotable, as the exhibits often make clear.

  • Touring Central Market or Whole Foods: Those who track this kind of information tell me that these two supermarkets are among the top five most popular attractions in the city. While you're there, take a break and have lunch or dinner. Dining in grocery stores has become de rigueur in Austin.

  • Touring the Capitol: Definitely take the free tour rather than the self-guided tour. You'll have an easy time remembering you're in Texas; the place is loaded with state icons, and the size -- bigger than all other state capitols -- says it all.

  • Enjoying Free Outdoor Concerts: There are so many free outdoor concerts in Austin sponsored by both public and private money that you will probably have a chance to catch one. Check the local papers for info.

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