But before you make up your mind to side with the “Austin is the Worst Place Ever” crowd, here are 25 classic Austin experiences that we’re convinced will make you fall in love with central Austin—if not for the first time, then all over again:
Chill out at Barton Springs Pool
Spring-fed and clear as can be, Barton Springs Pool is a favorite swimming hole in Austin. For $3, you’ll get three acres of splash potential and a nice grassy hillside to spread out your blanket and suntan. Pro Tip: Avoid visiting during peak hours unless you’re a fish that prefers to swim in a school.