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Explore Austin

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Weather

We're not going to lie to you. It is going to be hot. Be prepared for high temperatures in the 90s and possibly even the low 100s. Wear light colored clothes made out of natural fabrics, comfortable and airy shoes or sandals, a hat, and sunglasses. Remember your sunscreen and water, too. It's best to not exert yourself too much midday and try to stay out of the sun, if possible. Texans love their air conditioning for good reason - embrace your inner Texan. That said, plan to wear layers. It might be 98 outside, but inside, it is chilly. Plan ahead, and you won't get one of those famous "air conditioning" colds!

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Local Archival Institutions

The UT Austin campus boasts some wonderful archival institutions, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Briscoe Center for American History, the Benson Center for Latin American History, and the Alexander Architectural Archives. All these institutions are open to visitors and researchers who may have a few additional days to spend in Austin. You can find out more about each intitution through the University of Texas at Austin Libraries website.

In addition to archival collections on campus, the city of Austin is also home to the Texas State Library and Archives, the Austin History Center (the city archives), the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Presbyterian Archives, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. All of these are within easy reach of the campus, either on foot or by bus.

Music

Austin is often called the Live Music Capital of the World and is home to many music venues around town. They include Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, the Cactus Cafe on campus, Elephant Room, Continental Club, and Stubbs, to name just a few. You don't have to go far to find some sort of performing arts in Austin!

Other Activities

Don't forget the bats! Austin's Congress Street Bridge is home to the largest urban bat population in North America - every night in the summer, you can stroll along the bridge just at sunset and see the millions of bats come flying out. Austinites love their bats: bats not only keep down the mosquito population, but the spectacle of watching them just keeps Austin weird.

If bats aren't your thing, check out the local events calendar to see what else is going on. Austin is a rising star on the Comedy circuit, and boasts a wide array of comedy clubs. For the nature enthusiasts, there are multiple nature preserves and wildflower centers around the city. Time permitting, you may want to make your way to the 351-acre Zilker Park to fly a kite, or take a canoe out on Lady Bird Lake. Finally, if you just want to escape the heat, check out Barton Springs or Deep Eddy, two historic man-made pools that are 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

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