SXSW has so many great things for badge holders to enjoy: music, movies, speakers, comedians, interactive exhibits and so much more. You can overwhelm yourself doing official SXSW things. But if you just do SXSW activities, you’ll miss out on a truly Austin vacation. Austin is a great place to visit year round, so don’t restrict yourself to the festival.

Carve out some time in your busy schedule to do some of these things to experience Austin and SXSW like a local.

5.) Visit A Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Photo: Flickr user Robert Gray, creative commons licensed.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Photo: Flickr user Robert Gray, creative commons licensed.

Austin has great museums for people of all ages and tastes. Are you into the arts? Try Mexic-Arte Museum or the Blanton Museum of Art. Did you bring kids with you? Let them expend their energy at The Thinkery while they learn about science in hands on ways. Interested in learning about Texas? Do yourself a favor and spend a few hours at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

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