Generally thought of as the ritzier side of town, West Austin, like North Austin, often gets a bad rep for not being “weird” enough. In reality, though, West Austin has just as much character as other parts of the city! If you’re skeptical, do we have the list for you! Here are no fewer than 18 totally must-have West Austin experiences…

Swoon over black bear cubs at the Austin Zoo

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Oregon To Austin – 3 Rescued Baby Black Bears from Trevor George-Fowler on Vimeo.

If you like animals, you’re going to love the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary, a small but mighty rescue zoo located off of highways 71 and 290. You’ll find more than 350 animals from 100 different species at Austin’s only zoo, as well as $2.50 train rides, food trailers, ice cream, a nifty gift shop, rest areas, a petting zoo, educational programs, and much more. The zoo recently welcomed three orphaned black bear cubs from Oregon into their fold and they are freaking adorable.

10808 Rawhide Trail. 512-288-1490. Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb 1-Oct 31, and until 5:30 p.m. Nov 1-Jan 31. Adults $9, students, seniors, & military $8, kids $6. Website.



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