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Best Hidden Gems in Austin

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Elephant Room

If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.

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The Parish

Este es un lugar íntimo para aquellos de gusto sofisticado. El espectro musical va desde jazz hasta ‘house’, de rock ácido a rap y de ‘shoegaze’ hasta ‘dub’. En el Parish Room se ha presentado bandas de otros lugares como Smog, Guided By Voices, Autechre y Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, y bandas de Texas como Sub Oslo, Lift To Experience, Explosions in the Sky, y Swells. Este es el mejor refugio para los amantes de la música y de las fiestas.

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Museum of the Weird

Museum of the Weird is a locally-owned museum in the Sixth Street area of Austin. With its inventory of curios and classic horror charm, Museum of the Weird is worth a visit for those in the area. The walk-through museum doesn't take long but it's packed with the unexplained, freaky and supernatural wonders of the world. The museum has their own house acts with live weird and wonderful attractions that will definitely keep your attention. There's a gift shop that is free to enter.

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Austin Fire Museum

Located inside Austin’s Central Fire Station No. 1, this hidden gem is an interesting museum about the history of the Austin fire department. Learn about how the department used to be run by volunteers and see historic artifacts chronicling how firefighting has evolved over the years, including exhibits with old uniforms and a Hook and Ladder No. 1 lantern. Although this small museum doesn't feature flashy interactive displays, this is a fun place to bring the kids if they're interested in learning more about fire fighting and want to see part of a working fire station along with the historic exhibits.

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O. Henry House Museum

El escritor de cuentos cortos William Sydney Porter, quien escribía con el nombre de O. Henry vivió en este lugar durante su estadía en Austin. Se construyó en 1891 y está lleno de libros raros, el escritorio donde O. Henry escribía, sus muebles originales, fotografías, objetos personales y las sillas que trajeron a la vida a The Gift of the Magi. Aquí se puede disfrutar de una visita guiada para aprender sobre la historia de esta casa y su famoso ocupante. La casa ha sido movida dos veces desde su ubicación original en 308 East Fourth Street. Hoy en día cuenta con una tienda de regalos con libros, videos, y más. El museo ofrece clubs de escritura para niños de Austin y promueve muchos eventos locales como la Navidad Victoriana y el "O. Henry Pun-Off" (concurso de burla). La entrada es gratuita, pero se aceptan donaciones.

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Tears of Joy

This little shop in the heart of downtown Austin is an ideal place to find souvenirs of your Texas (culinary) adventure. Beware, however: the hot sauces and salsas you will find here are probably hotter than what you have found in other restaurants. Among the hundreds of salsas, Firewater is the most popular and Dave's Insanity Special Reserve is the hottest. The spice rubs, barbecue sauces and marinades here are world-class, shipped to discerning palates around the country. Another specialty here are the chicken, veggie and black bean O'Shucks tamales, which you can eat there, take-out or have shipped anywhere.

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Bella Salon & Spa

Located on the 6th Street, Bella Salon and Spa offers a range of beauty and body treatments for both, men and women. The service menu for hair includes haircuts, hair styling, coloring, perming and straightening, whereas skin and makeup treatments comprise of facials, waxing, dermabrasion, collagen masks and lots more. Apart from these, there is also a limited selection of massages that professionals here are great at.

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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) fue un escultor prolífico y uno de los artistas más famosos de Austin. Este museo exhibe muchas de sus obras en un fantástico jardín situado cerca de Parque Zilker, a pocos minutos del centro. Sus esculturas van desde el realismo a la abstracción e incluyen familias, figuras religiosas, animales y personajes mitológicos.

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Hole in the Wall

With its little stage having played host to some big names over the decades, Hole in the Wall has long been regarded as one of the city's most storied venues. Today, it mostly serves as a launching pad for local up-and-comers ranging in size and genre from 9-piece bluegrass bands to individual singer-songwriters. And although the nature of the crowd itself is subject to similarly sudden shifts (this often being a function of the performing schedule), the bar's proximity to UT brings in a steady flow of students and associated youngsters, most of whom come in for pitchers of Shiner and Lone Star.

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Casa Neverlandia

The studio and home of artist James Edward Talbot is known as Casa Neverlandia, as everything from its exterior to the art displayed inside represents something out of this world. Once you're done exploring the house, take the plank bridge to the tree house in the back yard, then take the firefighter pole back down to ground level. The museum is open by appointment only, and is definitely worth the planning ahead. The entire house is "green", as in solar panels and the like, so it is definitely a treat for the eco-friendly! Check out his website to know more about Talbot and call to book your visit!

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South Austin Popular Culture Center

Austin art from the 1960s is on display here at the South Austin Popular Culture Center for all to come and see. Visitors can visually notice the changing times in the production art in the gallery. Appointments can also be made, call or see the website for more information.

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Wheatsville Food Co-Op

This member-owned cooperative grocery store is full of organic produce, natural health products, great magazines and bulk foods. They have a large beer and wine selection, including organic wines that taste wonderful with the selection of chocolate bars in the front of the store! There is also a full-service deli with sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos, smoothies and many creative specials. Everyone is welcome to shop in this great environment where you will never hear bad music or get a headache from the fluorescent lights.

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