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4 Sober Things To Do In Austin During Roundup

Updated: May 29, 2023

Esther’s Follies

A comedy troupe sure to knock your socks right off. According to the comedy club, “We’ve been called the Texas answer to SNL — a modern-day vaudeville revue mixed with political comedy that is like nothing else on the national comedy scene. Esther’s history stretches back 40 years.”

Get ready to laugh at the tunes, comedy, and production value of this gem. See the 90-minute shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more about this Austin classic, watch this documentary.

See more about the Austin classic on a documentary below:

Barton Springs Pool

Ceremonial gatherings, swimming, sunbathing? The use of Barton springs dates back to the Tonkowa tribe, who had ceremonies along these waters.

Today, it’s also visited by thousands who enjoy its cool waters. “Clear and icy, these springs over the years have drawn Indians, pioneers, and tourists to this spot. The waters are brought from limestone strata to the surface by the Balcones Fault ….” a historical marker reads.

The pool is open for swimming from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Purchase a ticket using ATXSwims or be prepared for a long wait at one of the few kiosks around the pool.

Lady Bird Lake Walking Trail

It might be hot; it might be cold, but if you’re in need of a brisk walk or run, visit the Lady Bird Lake walking trail. The 10-mile trail is open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily.

According to, “because the trail winds through downtown, there are access points and parking all along the route, making it easy to choose your distance, detours, and side trips, all in view of the Austin skyline.”

Blanton Museum of Art

Located at the University of Texas, this crown jewel holds contemporary pieces and a vast collection of Hispanic art.

After a grand reopening May 13, the museum also will include beautiful landscaping, more works of art and outdoor spaces that will welcome visitors.

“The centerpiece of the project is the Moody Patio, a gathering space between the museum’s two main buildings that is framed by 15 elegant, petal-shaped structures, creating a shade canopy at the southern edge of the Blanton’s campus,” according to a press release.

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