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The ultimate ATX visitor's guide... for the less-than-ultimate guest

Published On 07/25/2013 Published On 07/25/2013
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1. Toy Joy 403 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (2nd St District)

An independent toy store selling everything from "Unicorn Farts" to stuffed animals to Pokemon gear, Toy Joy was opened in 1987 and has been an Austin landmark ever since.

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2. Austin Children's Museum 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (2nd St District)

A kids' fun center founded in 1983 and dedicated to education and play, the ACM is now housed in the $4.8mil Dell Discovery Center downtown.

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3. Central Market 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 (Hyde Park)

A gourmet grocery story with a sweet outdoor patio, live music, and free samples for dayyyyysssssss.

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4. Peter Pan Mini-Golf 1207 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Peter Pan Mini-Golf is two 18-hole miniature golf courses built in 1946 that have become an Austin landmark.

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5. Coolhaus 403 E 15th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The LA-based mobile dessert peddler slings build-your-own scream-wiches out of six types of cookies (ginger, snickerdoodle, oatmeal...) stuffed with inventive flavors.

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6. Mayfield Park 3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 (North)

Mayfield Park was purchased by a former TX Secretary of State in 1909, who then populated the two-acre garden with a flock of peacocks whose descendants roam the grounds to this day and can often be seen nesting in the overhanging palm trees.

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7. LBJ Presidential Library 2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

The LBJ Library and Museum is located on the UT campus and recently underwent an $11 million dollar renovation. It includes everything from LBJ's cowboy boots, to the suit he was wearing on the day that JFK was assassinated, to A ROBOTIC LBJ.

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8. Springdale Farm 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A 4.8 acre farm that grows over 75 regional vegetable varieties, hosts a popular farm stand Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and hosts Eden East, a weekend pop-up resto.

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9. Uncommon Objects 1512 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A collection of antiques/oddities from 24 purveyors of goods, located right in the center of the SoCo shopping district.

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10. Alta's Cafe 74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Alta's Cafe is a beer garden with views of Lady Bird Lake that's only open on weekends, and on which you'll be able to get sweet brews and great sandwiches. In addition to that perfect patio view, there's fresh smoothies, cold brew coffee, local beer, free yoga on Tuesday mornings and bottomless mimosas on every first Saturday. The open-air feel of the entire establishment will have you relaxed and recharged for the next week.

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11. Pinballz Arcade 8940 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78757 (North Central)

Ballz is a massive, multi-level love letter to the lost art of pinball, with 70 machines including the all-time top 20, as rated annually by a bunch of people you wouldn't want to get into an argument about pinball with.

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12. SUP ATX Retail Store 515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A paddle board shop that does everything from boards to gear and accessories. They are credited with introducing/popularizing the sport known as Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) starting in 2008.

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13. Red's Indoor Range South 6200 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735 (West Austin)

An indoor shooting range from the Red's team (which also has two retail locations). Red's has been in the firearms industry for over 20yrs.

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14. TopGolf 11301 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758 (North Central)

A driving range cum enormous dart board cum sports bar, TopGolf provides you and your friends with "bay" rental by the hour (clubs included!) so that you can try to hit targets hundreds of yards away, all while sipping booze from golf bag-shaped fishbowls.

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15. iFLY Indoor Skydiving 13265 N US 183, Austin, TX 78750 (North West)

iFLY's experience is designed to mimic free-fall, and their system harnesses the same technology as the simulators used by skydiving professionals and the military.