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What To See & Do in Austin

Get the details on important sights and attractions for your trip to Austin.


HISTORICAL SITES

The exterior of the LBJ Library and Museum

The LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
512-721-0200


The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The museum provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical and cultural exhibits.

Rainey Street Historic District
Near Lady Bird Lake and Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701

Explore historic homes and eat and drink at the restaurants and bars along Rainey Street.

The Texas State Capitol
11th Street and Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-0063

Texas Capitol Visitors Center
112 East 11th St.
Austin, TX 78711
512-305-8400

The Texas Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and 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 for its "significant contribution to American history."

MUSEUMS

The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
512-471-7324


Recognized among the country's top university fine arts collections, the museum is located on the University of Texas campus. Galleries feature contemporary Latin American, Renaissance and Western art.

SHOPPING

BookPeople is Texas' leading indie bookstore

BookPeople
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-5050

BookPeople has been Texas' leading independent bookstore since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople is voted "best bookstore" in Austin repeatedly.


Emerald's Boutique
624 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703-5414
512-476-4496

Glass display cases are stocked with jewelry from local artists and the racks are full of special women's apparel from cocktail dresses to snazzy trousers.

Parts & Labour
1604 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
512-326-1648


South Congress boutique sells T-shirts, jewelry, shoes, handbags, home decorations and accessories created by up-and-coming local designers.

Waterloo Records
600 N. Lamar Blvd. # A
Austin, TX 78703
512-474-2500


One of the country's most revered music stores with the largest local music sections in town.

Whole Foods Flagship
525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
512-476-1206


This amazing Austin original is located just blocks from where Whole Foods Market began as a small neighborhood grocer 25 years ago. The flagship store at the corner of Sixth Street and Lamar is the company's largest, at 80,000 square feet.

PARKS & NATURE

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
512-476-9044

Swim in the constant 69-degree waters of Barton Springs Pool, a spring fed swimming hole in Zilker Park. Voted the "Best Swimming Hole in Texas."

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739
512-292-4200


First as the National Wildflower Research Center and later as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. The Center's gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy.
Austin, TX 74744
512-243-1643

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
512-477-8672

Austin's largest and most popular park offers swimming in Barton Springs, trails, picnic areas, a playscape and miniature train. The Zilker Botanical Gardens include several types of gardens to walk through.

OTHER

Austin Symphony
1101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701
512-476-6064


Under the baton of the acclaimed Peter Bay, the symphony presents arrangements by the world's greatest composers with performances year-round.

Ballet Austin
501 W.Third St.
Austin, TX 78701
512-476-2163

More than a half-century old, one of the country's top ballet companies dances a full schedule of original and adapted works with innovative choreography and spectacular costumes and sets.

FESTIVALS

Performers at Austin's SXSW Music Festival

South by Southwest Music, Film & Interactive Festival
Film industry leaders and music lovers congregate each March to hear rising stars and yet-to-be-discovered acts.

Austin City Limits Music Festival
Music mavens migrate from afar for consecutive days of live entertainment in Zilker Park each September.

RESOURCES

Bat Hotline
512-416-5700 ext. 3636

Capital Metro Transportation Authority
512-389-7400
800-474-1201

The Dillo
Free trolley with frequent stops all around downtown.

Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
301 Congress Ave., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78701
800-926-2282

Austin Visitors Center
209 E. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78701
866-GO-AUSTIN


MORE AUSTIN INFORMATION


Images courtesy of Austin CVB.

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