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Austin Bucket List: Unique Places To See and Things To Do

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20150321-IMG_5934-EditNicknamed, “The People’s Frog,” in 2004 it was almost demolished after Baja Fresh moved in and wanted to replace it with windows (boo). Making a long story short, a passionate group of Austintonians banned together, ultimately saving the wall and transforming it into an iconic symbol of the difference that one person can make in this world.

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IMG_55077. Remember those awesome shops I mentioned above? Well, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is one of them. Opened in 1984, these 8,000 sequin-covered square feet are decorated from floor to ceiling with just about every costume you could ever imagine.

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8. Boat Lake Travis. Located just 45 minutes outside of Austin lies an oasis of tranquility and water sports galore! It’s the perfect day-trip for a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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So get on the “Cool Bus” and come find out what this unique city is all about! There’s more than enough “WEIRDNESS” to go around.

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lizzie Grie

    June 11, 2015

    This is awesome thanks for the ideas we r so doing this – me and my sister! Lol way to young!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      June 12, 2015

      Haha! We are glad you’re inspired! Get get out there and get adventuring 😉

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    Roy Spray

    April 12, 2015

    You guys must really like graffitti. =) What a weird article. Not a single one I would point out as an original Austinite of 40 years, but then again I didn’t take the time like you did to write an article. For that appreciated.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      April 12, 2015

      Hi Roy, we appreciate your honest and thoughtfully worded comment. We would love to hear a few things you would recommend as a true Austinite so we can put them on our list when we return! 🙂

      • Mel Belle

        May 1, 2015

        Some suggestions from a 35 year long Austinite.

        1. Mount Bonnell
        2. Peter Pan Mini Golf
        3. Spinning under the Zilker Christmas tree (if here in December)
        4. Barton Springs swimming pool
        5. Dancing at The Broken Spoke
        6. Kite Festival
        7. Eeyore’s Birthday
        8. Riding the Zilker Park train
        9. Tacos at Guero’s

      • mrandmrsadventure

        May 1, 2015

        Hey Mel! Looks like we’ll have to return… darn 🙂 Thanks so much for this fun, unique list!

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    Marie Cunningham

    April 11, 2015

    You make Austin an irresistible destination! We are goin’ .
    Marie and Bill

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      May 5, 2015

      Hi Marie! It’s an incredible place and we can’t wait to return. Let us know when you’re headed there.

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    Steph Hackney

    April 10, 2015

    If you’re still in the area, we’d love to meet you two!

    I posted this comment on another of your blog posts, but will post here in case you don’t see that comment:

    Woohoo! So happy to hear about another couple doing this!

    My husband and I “checked out” for 7 years and spent that time traveling the world – the BEST decision we made for ourselves and our future.

    We never know how many more sunrises or sunsets we’ll get – there’s no guarantee of a tomorrow.

    Yes, do it…NOW! And, while you’re young and can still do all you want to do and see all you want to see.

    Case in point: we spent a couple months riding two-up on a motorcycle through Turkey, Syria and Jordan.

    Most everything we saw and experienced in Syria is now gone. And more importantly, many of the wonderful people we met there are either displaced or gone (literally).

    We wish you two all the best in your “adventures” and welcome the chance to meet you in person should you come through the Austin area.

    And, if you need connections around the world, we’re happy to make intros (as are our “overlanding” friends)!

    Here’s our website in case you want to have a look: http://www.hackneystravel.com.

    One last thing, you might want to attend Overland Expo in May in Falstaff, AZ – it’s where overlanders come together to chat, share, learn and bond. We have always presented, but won’t be there this year, but we still recommend it as a place to “find your peeps,” people who “get” your lust for living more simply and enjoying life on the road.

    Happy travels you two!

    Steph

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      mrandmrsadventure

      April 10, 2015

      Dear Steph,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an inspiring, heart-felt message.

      We wonder if what we’re doing is crazy a lot, so it means so much to hear from a veteran that it is absolutely as right to do as it feels.

      We are enjoying learning about the life, the world and each other, it feels like everywhere we go we have only enough time to scratch the surface and so we search for ways we can dig deeper in the future.

      We wish that we were still in Austin! We would have loved to meet you. We will just have to stay in touch and watch for when our journeys can collide. We can definitely try to route our return leg through Austin again 🙂 Would most likely be in November?

      We’re looking into the Expo and are trying to see if we can make it work. We’re planning to be in NYC the 1st week of May so that may be a bit difficult, but we can at least keep it on our radar moving forward.

      We’ll be arriving to Boston tonight and are leaving for Iceland this Tuesday! We’ll be traveling around in another Sprinter Van, but much smaller than the one we are used to.

      Again, we are so glad you wrote. We have a feeling we will be traveling for a while longer and will appreciate having someone to reach out to.

      Stay in touch!

      Adventure and love always,
      Brittany & Drew

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    Turtle

    April 9, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. Can’t wait to go see every thing. Hugs turtle

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    Raffaella

    April 9, 2015

    Love the gif!

  7. Reply

    mrandmrsadventure

    March 9, 2016

    LOVE Austin⭐️!

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