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Going to Austin? Then ditch the guidebook and listen to these famous locals as they invite you to explore the city their way.

Will Wynn. Mayor
“Go to the Continental Club for Tuesday Happy Hippy Hours, and then run up the street to Hill’s Cafe for chicken-fried steak. After that, visit the Saxon Pub, Momo’s, and the Austin Music Hall. End the night at Antone’s. By morning, you’re likely to have seen Toni Price, Dale Watson, the Band of Heathens, the Gourds, Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider, and Gary Clark Jr.”

Kelly Willis. Musician (a.k.a. alt-country’s golden goddess)
“Take your kids to Zilker Park to ride the Zilker Zephyr train, feed the ducks, canoe, and explore the rock garden. And don’t forget the bats — at the right time of the year, you can see the largest urban colony of bats in North America, right there in downtown Austin.”

Augie Garrido. Head Baseball Coach, University of Texas at Austin
“I know food — and Austin has some of the best in the world. Start with a migas breakfast taco at Taco Xpress on South Lamar; for lunch close to the ballpark, indulge at the Iron Works BBQ, where everything is good. Spend the afternoon wandering around Whole Foods’ flagship store, and then stop by Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille for a Texas-style steak. I like the steak au poivre.”

Ben Crenshaw. Two-time Masters Champion and former U.S. Ryder Cup captain
“I’ve lived in Austin all my life, and a perfect day is breakfast at Cisco’s Restaurant Bakery & Bar, a round of golf at any of Austin’s outstanding public and private courses, barbecue at the Salt Lick, and country music at the Broken Spoke, an Austin tradition.”

Glenda Chamberlain. CFO and Executive Vice President of Whole Foods Market
“In the summer, ski on Lake Austin, a beautiful lake located just minutes from downtown Austin, or sail on nearby Lake Travis.”

Justin “Raif” Raiford. Chef, 34th Street Café
“I shop for funky fashion at Factory People, sip margaritas at Santa Rita, and load up on fresh food for my restaurant at Central Market.”

Anita Perry. First Lady of Texas
“You can’t beat a field trip to the Texas Capitol. Stand in the rotunda and marvel at the architecture.”

Stephen Mills. Artistic Director, Ballet Austin
“The arts in Austin are world-class. Try the opera, the ballet, or the symphony. For visual art, check out the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas. [It has] a truly amazing collection, on par with any museum in the country.”

Richard Linklater. Writer and Film Director
“Only in Austin can you find healthy vegetarian Mexican food. My favorite is Mr. Natural, for its efficient cafeteria-style line, cool atmosphere, and daily lunch specials.”

Liz Carpenter. Former speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson, former secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, and author of Presidential Humor
“You want to meet some nice people? Go to Barton Springs, a natural spring-fed pool in the middle of Austin with its very own endangered species.”