Things to do

Austin

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

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Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

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Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

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Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

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University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

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Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

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Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Show

Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

Show

Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Show

Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

Show

Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Show

Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

Show

Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Show

Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

Show

Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

Show

McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Show

Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

Show

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

Show

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

Show

Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

Show

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

Show

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

Show

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

Show

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

Show

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

Show

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

Show

University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

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McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

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Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

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Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

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Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

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Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

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The State Capitol and Visitors Center

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. — www.austintexas.org

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Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River. This flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city’s top recreation areas.

Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists. The main pedestrian path along the shores is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. — www.planetware.com

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Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. — www.austintexas.gov

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.

The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president’s time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. — www.planetware.com

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Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the state’s story through a variety of interesting interactive exhibits, along with audio-visual displays and film.

The permanent Story of Texas exhibit is home to artifacts and displays that feature defining events in the state’s history. Artifacts include the preserved hull of the 17th-century La Belle, which was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Other exhibits and presentations include the fall of the Alamo, Tejano culture, and the history of the Texas oil industry. — www.planetware.com

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Zilker Metropolitan Park

The 351-acre Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular green space and recreation area. The park’s grassy expanses and picnic space sit alongside Lady Bird Lake and are ideal for lazy afternoons, but there are also many recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Riverside walking trails, volleyball courts, and a disc golf course are all within park boundaries. — www.planetware.com

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University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being the first of the Texas University System campuses, the University of Texas at Austin is home to several top tourist attractions. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of European, American, and Latin American art. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. — www.planetware.com

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McKinney Falls State Park

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – what are you waiting for? — tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

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Mount Bonnell

Bonnell Mountain is a great landmark and one of the most visited sites and tourist attractions in Austin. The limestone height stands at 775 ft above sea level and is considered to be the highest point within Austin City Limits. It has been a popular sightseeing destination since the mid-19th century and continues to attract tourists and locals for mountain biking, hiking, and more on the Mount Bonnel hiking trail. — www.mountbonnell.com

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Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this bustling spot.

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Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin. The restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio, and serves fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner as well as takeout. Known for our great croissants, bánh mì served on fresh baked baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktails & boozy punches, and tropical-flavored macarons. The adjacent Croissant Room is available for private events. — elizabethstreetcafe.com

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Josephine House

The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Reservations are recommended. — josephineofaustin.com

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