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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

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

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

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Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Austin and boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ’s lengthy career.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

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

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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