The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to 1.5 million bats who head out every night at dusk to grab some dinner. Like a cloud of black smoke, they come out from underneath and can be viewed from both above and below the bridge.
One of the best places to go run in the downtown area is the Pfluger Bridge, connecting the pedestrian and bike trails from Auditorium shores over Lady Bird Lake. It's also nicely lit up if you're the jaunty, night-time stroll type.
Stretching over 7.9 miles, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a haven for residents of Austin. People who have lived here for many years have still not discovered all there is hiding in this lush green part of town.
Everything is cooler at Barton Springs, 68 degrees cooler actually. This swimming hole is a local favorite and hosts Howl at the Moon swims when their is a full moon and cheap swims every other day of the year.
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Pick up fresh produce, listen to live music and buy local art at Hope Farmers Market on the East Side from 11am-3pm on Sundays. And with free yoga classes there at noon, they've got every angle covered.
Lady Bird Lake is located right in downtown Austin and is the perfect way to experience nature without venturing out of the city. Get right in there by renting a kayak, paddle boat or stand up paddle board from Rowing Dock.