10 Things You Didn’t Know About Austin

Think you know Texas? Prepare to be surprised by the extraordinary capital this November at the Congress of Cities.

Ten things you may not know about this one-of-a-kind city:

1. In landmass, Austin is almost as large as New York City. You may not think “lush” when you think of Texas, But Austin’s extensive land features miles of green rolling hills, beautiful tree-lined lakes, and fields of colorful wildflowers that thrive all year round. NLC’s mobile workshop brings you to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

2. You know to expect lots of Texas BBQ, but did you know that Austin is most famous for breakfast tacos? You’ll see signsBreakfast tacos all over the city advertising Austin’s favorite all-day breakfast food, with an option for every taste!

3. Austin is consistently ranked one of America’s fittest cities—which probably has something to do with its 220 parks and running trails.

4. The Texas State Capitol is pink in color because of the “Sunset Red” granite used to build it in 1885. This remarkable structure is just a quick drive or 20-minute walk through downtown from the Convention Center.

5. Austin has a lot of interesting wildlife, but its most famous non-human population is the one million bats that live under the South Congress Bridge. At the conference, we’ll catch the end of bat season, so you might see some putting on an aerial show during your visit.

barton6. Austin’s beloved Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed watering hole, is a constant 68 degrees. Get a tour of the Pool on a mobile workshop field trip at Congress of Cities!

7. There are more than 30 wineries within driving distance of Austin. Your spouse or guest has the opportunity to visit Texas Wine Country while you’re at the conference.

8. The average November temperature in Austin is between 66-77 degrees. When packing for the conference, leave your winter gear at home!

9. Austin is one of the safest major cities in the U.S.

wholefoods10. Whole Foods started in Austin in 1978. The downtown location is one of the largest in the country, with various restaurants, a wine bar, a clothing store, and a chocolate fountain.

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