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5 Things to Do in Austin, Texas

How to have fun in the Texas capital.

Rocket Electrics’ pedal-assist electric bikes

01 Rocket Electrics’ pedal-assist electric bikes will help you with Austin’s rolling hills, efficiently whisking you from happy to happy, hour to hour. Tours and rentals available. (

Hotel San Jose

Photo by: Nick Simonite

02 Funky and functional, Hotel San Jose is a low-slung boutique motel with spare but lovely rooms set among garden paths. It’s handy to the coffee shops, clothing stores and restaurants of South Congress Avenue. (

03 Fill those long stretches between happy hours at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, an oasis showcasing the works of Charles Umlauf, a noted sculptor and professor. (

04 A chain-linked lot? Check. Located in out-of-the-way East Austin? Check. Add the outstanding Mexican fare of Vera Cruz All-Natural Food Truck and you’ll know you’ve found a real slice of Austin. (

LBJ Presidential Library

Photo by: Frank Wolfe

05 Even if you’re not interested in the life of Lyndon B. Johnson, an immensely complicated man who served as the 36th president, the LBJ Presidential Library is worth a visit for the gleaming minimalist plaza on which the museum sits — it feels so dated it’s back in style again. (

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