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Garrison Park, Austin, TX

Did you know? With an official city motto like "Keep Austin Weird," it's no wonder that creativity thrives. The Garrison Park/South Austin areas are a melting pot for innovators in widely diverse fields. Music, art, film making, ecology, architecture and technology are alive and weird in Southern Austin.

Overview of Garrison Park/South Austin

Let Texas Longhorn fans have their fun north of the Colorado River; The southern part of Austin has a funky, bohemian vibe. In this largely liberal neighborhood, residents enjoy unusual restaurants, boutiques and theaters. It also holds bragging rights to "Live Music Capitol of the World," and you won't find better barbecue. Austin is the country's second-fastest growing city, and the laid-back Garrison Park/South Austin area is one of the most popular spots in town.

Best of Garrison Park/South Austin

  • Best Casual Date Night: At Alamo Drafthouse, enjoy locally-brewed beer while catching a classic film or current blockbuster. Prices are reasonable, and casual attire is permitted.
  • Best Place to Stop and Smell the Roses: LBJ's wife was a pioneer of Texas conservation. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center features thousands of native plants and serves as a testament to her legacy.
  • Best Restaurant for a Soul Food Fix: Hill's Café, at 65 years old, has survived both flood and fire. Chicken-fried steak, burgers and peach cobbler go well with live music.
  • Best Place to Rock: The outdoor Austin360 Amphitheater, which features around 20 shows a year, was named Pollstar's 2013 Best New Major Concert Venue in the World.

Top 5 Garrison Park Adventures

  1. Spark your imagination at the South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals: Every March for the last 30 years, SXSW has hosted both legends and creative up-and-comers in film, interactive technology and music. More than 2,200 musical acts attract fans from all over the world.
  2. Hike, fish or toss a Frisbee at Lady Bird Lake, just a few minutes north The waterside park, threaded with ten miles of trails, is a mecca for hikers, bikers and leisurely strollers. Don't miss the striking statue of legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
  3. Brush up on history at the LBJ Presidential Library Permanent exhibits here include "Civil Rights" and "November 22, 1963." The president's limousine and a model of the Oval Office are always on display.
  4. While you're downtown, go batty at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Home to the largest urban bat colony in the world, approximately 1.5 million bats take flight at dusk every night during summer months.
  5. Get on your feet and feel the excitement inside Bojangle's Coliseum: The multi-purpose arena hosts concerts, hockey, basketball and professional wrestling.