The city’s southwest charm and contemporary allure makes Austin an ideal place for vacationers. It has amazing attractions ranging from historic landmarks to the beautiful outdoors.
Museums and Galleries
Austin attracts artists and musicians from all over the country. And visitors can appreciate local talent through the displays found at the Austin Museum of Art.
Another superb venue among Austin attractions is the Mexic-Arte Museum. Exhibits focus on traditional and modern day Mexican art. There’s a large collection of Latin American paintings.
O. Henry Museum is a must for everyone with a sense of humor. Displays relate stories and anecdotes of his life. Take time to browse through his beautiful home. It’s a historical landmark.
If you’re traveling with children, by all means bring them to the Austin Children’s Museum. They’ll enjoy participating in demonstrations, learning about nature. It’s one of the most popular Austin attractions.
One of the top notch Austin attractions is the Austin Galleries. Stories of fine arts and antiques are seen throughout. Many works are by renowned Texans or up and coming talent.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum is among the most visited Austin attractions. Tourists will enjoy the innumerable documents, photos and recordings from his time in the White House. Important memos and letters relating to the Vietnam War are of outmost interest and a must see.
The State Capital is an amazing example of outstanding architecture and among the iconic Austin attractions. Its construction began in 1882 and ended in 1888. A referendum ordering that new construction doesn’t surpass a certain height was passed. This was done so that the Capital could be seen from any point in the city. Today, it’s part of the National Registry of Historical Places. And although tall buildings have sprouted through the city, it’s still as magnificent as ever.
Another landmark and of exemplary architecture is the Texas Governor’s Mansion. Its beauty is worth a visit.
Tip: If you stop at a visitor’s center, you’ll get a map with Austin attractions as well as a list of scheduled tours for museums, galleries and government offices.
Nature and Fun
The Dinosaur Park is both educational and fun. Children can learn about the animals that roamed the earth for over 150 million years. They can see and touch replicas of T-Rex, velociraptor and other intriguing creatures.
If you feel like taking a swim or canoeing among breathtaking beauty, head out to the Zilker Botanical Gardens. This 350 acre park is home to indigenous flora species. It’s also home to Barton Springs. This is the biggest natural pool in the country and one of the most popular Austin attractions. Enjoy a relaxing picnic while admiring the magic and serenity of wild flower gardens.
A grand way in which to discover the magic of Austin attractions is by way of the Lone Star Riverboat. Enjoy a means of travel of a bygone era onboard a paddle wheel river boat. With the aid of a narrated tour, you’ll learn all about the sites and uniqueness of Austin.