Known as the political and entertainment center of Texas, Austin is also famous for its alternative atmosphere. With hole-in-the-wall restaurants, live music bars and a huge shopping and cultural scene, there is so much to do see and do. The city is increasingly becoming one of the nation's hotspots for foodies too, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner.
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Where to Dine for Thanksgiving in Austin
The culinary scene in town is huge and diverse. When you book your Austin hotels for Thanksgiving, you can look forward to seeing what it's all about. Texas is famous for its barbecue food and there is everything from fine dining to trendy cafes to choose from.
1. Franklin Barbecue
For Thanksgiving lunch, Texas-style, check out this downtown grill house which is famous locally for its delicious comfort food.
This is grilled food done to perfection, with big comfortable booths close to the bar, for carrying on the festivities after you have eaten. Upstairs is a live music venue.
3. Roaring Fork
This is a special kind of place, set in a historic hotel and serving amazing Southwestern food. It is particularly great for a date on a romantic trip, or bring the family along and treat everyone to a sophisticated dinner.
4. Bouldin Creek Cafe
Vegetarians and health-conscious travelers will adore this casual and friendly eatery. It also doubles as an art gallery and is definitely worth checking out to appreciate Austin's kooky and creative side.
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Where to Shop on Thanksgiving Weekend in Austin
Austin is excellent for shopping, so you can browse and markets or spend the day at the mall. Finding that perfect souvenir or special gift for your family to celebrate the holidays is ideal. You will be well placed for finding the best Black Friday deals as well!
1. Baton Creek Square
This is one of the city's premier shopping malls, with a large movie theater for relaxing after all the shopping. It's located right next to the gorgeous Baton Creek Wilderness Park. You can be sure that this will be the center of the action come Black Friday, so head here for amazing holiday bargains.
2. Hancock Center
A mall right at the very heart of Austin, you will be able to pick up whatever you need in its many stores or the supermarket. There is a great selection of restaurants, as well and the Hancock Cemter is another favorite for Black Friday deals.
3. Austin Country Flea Market
This one is a little out of town but well worth it to see an authentic and locally beloved flea market. You never know what you will find here, so thrifty bargain hunters will have a great time exploring. It's open on Saturdays as well.
4. SFC Farmers' Market Downtown
Also on Saturday, head to this market full of delectable treats for food lovers. After the madness of Black Friday, you will be glad for the relative calm of Austin's great markets such as this one. Local produce makes for an excellent gift.
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Best Activities for Families Spending Thanksgiving in Austin
When enjoying your Austin vacation rentals for Thanksgiving there are a lot of activities for families to get involved in together over the holidays. Grab your perfect hotels in Austin for Thanksgiving and then you can plan where to spend your precious time off together.
1. Thinkery (Formerly Austin Children's Museum)
What better place to take the kids for the afternoon? There are special programs for different age groups, like the Little Thinkers Club for 0-4 years and Think Labs for 4-12 years. Special workshops like gingerbread making add to the fun.
2. Children Giving to Children Parade
This special event takes place around Thanksgiving and encourages spectators to bring a gift to donate to needy local kids. The mix of parade and worthy cause makes this an excellent event to bring the kids to.
3. Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons
This special event provides an opportunity to see an ever-changing themed gingerbread village set up at this iconic hotel. As well as meeting Santa, the whole family can enjoy exploring the amazing constructions of this sugary 'village'.
4. Mexic-Arte Museum
For artistically-minded parents or anyone visiting Austin who wants to learn more about Latin American culture and how it intermingles with life in Texas, the Mexic-Arte Museum is a great place to visit. This museum hosts modern exhibits in a downtown spot not far from the north bank of the Colorado River.
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