• Taking Austin's Visitor Center Walking Tour (Austin): These history excursions are provided free by the city and are superb.
  • Visiting the LBJ Library (Austin): 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 make clear.
  • Touring Central Market or Whole Foods (Austin): According to the Austin Visitor's Bureau, these two supermarkets are among the top five most popular attractions in Austin. While you're there, take a break and have lunch or dinner. Dining in grocery stores has become de rigueur in Austin.
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  • Touring the Capitol (Austin): 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 (and Theater) (Austin): There are so many free outdoor performances in Austin, sponsored by both public and private money, that you’ll almost certainly have a chance to catch one during your visit. Check the local entertainment listings for information.

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