by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2018
TRY SOME STREET WALKING
You could hardly have a better time than taking in the sights and sounds of South Congress Avenue, a colorful 10-block stretch of shops, eateries, bars, dance halls, game emporiums and more. Dance and drink at Guero's Taco Bar (left, on a quiet day), get a haircut at Bird's Barber Shop, and find cute bags or jewelry at Maya. Go here for all pertinent details.


COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
Yes, it's a smart diner indeed who heads to the oddly named but always delicious Counter 3. Five. VII. Open from 4 p.m., this downtown eatery offers a three-, five- or seven-course dinner featuring items from chicken to prawn (the latter served with caviar) with optional wine pairings, all cooked within (and served around) a 25-seat counter.


MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
Lots of fascinating lore about the Lone Star State is on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where vivid exhibits, films and live presentations cover everything from the original native tribes to Texas' ongoing role in space exploration.


ON THE ROCKS
For a unique afternoon outing, go rock-climbing with Rock About. Just 40 minutes from downtown Austin, the outfit offers fun and education for all levels of climbers on some beautiful terrain.