Austin Attractions

Posted by on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 6:20am.

Austin is famous for its music scene, so it's no surprise that the city's official motto is “the live music capital of the world.” Austin's live concerts and amazing music festivals draw visitors from across the country, and are among the events that make the city a fun place to live.

There's also plenty more to keep you entertained. Whether you're living in Austin or just visiting, the city boasts an unusual share of attractions, from interesting museums and gracious historic buildings to gorgeous parks, lakes, and botanical gardens.

The State Capitol

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The State Capitol is one of the most popular Austin tourist attractions. Completed in 1888, the Capitol is home to the office of the State Governor and the Chambers of the Texas Legislature. Highlights of a visit to the Capitol are the governor's mansion, a monument to the Heroes of the Alamo, and a monument dedicated to Vietnam War veterans.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

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This local history museum tells the story of Texas through interactive exhibits. The museum covers three floors and includes artifacts, documents, and photos, as well as a 4D presentation in a special effects cinema. The museum is also home to Bullock IMAX, the largest IMAX theater in Texas, where blockbuster films are screened daily.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

LBJ Library and Museum

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of the most-visited Austin attractions. It exhibits items relating to Lyndon B. Johnson's term of office, including a scale replica of the Oval Office as it was during his presidency.

Zilker Park

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This public recreation space in the heart of the city is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Many theaters and museums are located in the grounds of Zilker Park, among them the popular Zilker Hillside Theater and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Other highlights of the park include 30 acres of themed gardens in the Zilker Botanical Garden, and Barton Springs Pool, a swimming pool fed by a mountain spring.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Named for one of its founders, former First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson, the LBJ Wildflower Center is a botanical garden that showcases roughly 650 species of plants native to Texas. The many landscaped gardens at the Center are a top Austin highlight. As well as formal gardens, the property includes a number of natural wooded areas and meadows with footpaths, so visitors can walk among the flowers.

Mount Bonnell

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Mount Bonnell is one of the highest points in the city and offers possibly the best viewpoint in Austin. From the top, you'll have a spectacular view of Lake Austin, the downtown skyline, and the surrounding hill – making it the perfect place for a sunset picnic almost all year round.

Lady Bird Lake

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Lady Bird Lake is an attractive reservoir in downtown Austin. The lake and surrounding trails are one of the most popular recreation spots in the city for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and biking.

Southern Congress Avenue

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Southern Congress Avenue, or SoCo, is high on the list of Austin attractions. Located just over the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge from downtown, SoCo is home to a mix of boutiques, quirky vintage shops, gourmet food trucks, restaurants and nightclubs.

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