The city of Austin in a word is unique. Philip Petrignani, with the Austin Visitor Center, said "It's an interesting thing, the people bend to the will of the city, and the city relaxes the people." From spending an afternoon swimming at Barton Springs, to running the Keep Austin Weird 5K, this friendly city does what it can to entertain and evade stress.
With a nickname like the City of Violet Crown, you should expect none other than some of the most impressive residents. Austin is rated one of the smartest US cities, and has some of the best schools in the state. Eanes ISD especially has one of the highest rated high schools in the country, not to mention all of the magnet programs throughout the city.
The city is surrounded by Texas Hill Country, and beautiful springs perfect for family fun and outdoor adventures. As Austin is very active, citizens can enjoy bike rides through Zilker Park, laying out and taking a dip in the constant 68 degree Fahrenheit swimming hole known as Barton Springs, breaking the boat out for water skiing at Lake Travis, or participating in the annual Color Run. Speaking of Color Run, during the year there are a variety of festivals and marathons the city hosts to embrace all types of people, the Carnaval lets you experience Brazil without the plane ride, whereas the Texas Greek Festival brings Greece to your own backyard.
Be sure to Catch a baseball game at the Dell Diamond, or sit behind the goalie at a Texas Stars game. Residents can relax with a round of golf at one of the many championship courses, or lose yourself shopping at one of the amazing malls like Lakeline, or the Domain. As we all know a shopping excursion can build up an appetite, well you're in luck, Austin is known for its food trailers. With over two thousands, scattered across town, the most logical idea is to sample all of them. If you're looking for something a little fancier, there are numerous downtown restaurants, as well as local hole in the walls like Thundercloud Subs.
As a resident you will have to watch the breathtaking Bat colony on Congress, as it is the largest urban colony with more than 1.5 million bats and counting. Once you've covered that, there are a variety of local hot spots like the Continental Club, perfect for winding down as you listen to the live music. Whether you are looking for a low key café, hopping dance club, or chill bar to play a round of pool, or socialize Austin has it, better yet 6th street has it!
Austinians are a unique bunch; you'll find a variety of people each as accepting as the last. Petrignani said that aside from the heat he couldn't think of any Austin downfalls, so come live in this wonderful city! New Home Source has lists of master planned communities that will be ideal for raising a family, or enjoying your retirement.
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