Austin has a population of 790,390 making it the 4th biggest city in Texas. It operates on the CDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Houston.
|Country||The United States Of America|
|Elevation||165 m over sea level|
|Airport||Austin-Bergstrom International Airport|
Situated in the heart of the Lone Star State, Austin is the vibrant capital of Texas. This lively, modern city, widely viewed as the "Live Music Capital of the World" is a major high tech center and home to the University of Texas main campus.
Austin (first named Waterloo) came to life in 1830 as a small village on the banks of the Colorado River. In 1839 Waterloo was chosen as the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas. The city was later renamed Austin after Stephen F. Austin, a man revered as the "Father of Texas."
"Keep Austin Weird" is the city's modern motto, and daily life in this eclectic city is all but amazing. Outdoor activities and shopping are the orders of the day, followed by barbecues and fine dining choices. But when that Texas sun finally sets, the bars, clubs, honky tonks and musical venues across Austin (especially on 6th Street) will all light up the night till the wee-hours of the morning.
Did you know?
- Scholz Garten, located in the downtown district of Austin, is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Texas and also the oldest business in all of Texas. They opened for business just after the Civil War!
- The State Capitol of Texas, one of the most beloved and admired landmarks in the state, was completed in 1888 and is actually 14 feet higher than the United States capitol.
- Because the hills to the west are mainly limestone rock with a very thin covering of topsoil, portions of Austin are frequently subjected to flash floods from the runoff caused by thunderstorms.
Austin is bursting with college sports fanatics, entertainment venues, filmmakers, musicians, singers, and of course, politicians. One of the hottest spots in town is the corporate headquarters of Whole Foods, the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods. Their signature store is crammed 24/7, and is the place to shop and be seen.
- Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
This is one of the most unusual and captivating spectacles nature has to offer, a major tourist attraction and a lesson about survival. Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest Mexican free-tailed bat colony in North America. Enjoy the amazing show every evening from April to October, when these tiny creatures soar into the night sky, offering an enchanting sight.
- Barton Springs Pool
This spring-fed swimming pool, found within Zilker Park, spreads across 3 acres and is surrounded by lovely gardens and pecan trees. The pool is fed by underground spring waters that maintain a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees, perfect for swimming, floating or just timid toe-dipping. A popular attraction for decades, Barton Spring Pool is an Austin gem perfect for photo ops and lazy days.
- Eeyore's Birthday Party
Held on the last Saturday of every April, this unique event is very "Austin." This is a huge gathering of several thousand people just celebrating life: sitting, walking, playing music, beating drums, eating, drinking beer and playing games. Everyone from families to singles party merrily, wishing a Happy Birthday to a statue of Eeyore dressed like the Statue of Liberty.
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