Splendid places to visit in Austin
Splendid Places to Visit in Austin
Capital of Texas, Austin has more live music lies at the point where Colorado River leaves Edwards Plateau. Known as “Live Music Capital of the World”, the city has witnessed early careers of various famous musicians, including Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dixie Chicks. Founded in 1839, it is second largest state capital and best place to visit in US. The city has earned the love with its culinary prowess, great music and friendly locals. It enjoy 230 sunny days per year and large area of green space like Zilker Metropolitan Park. Below given is list of places to visit in Austin:
- State Capitol
Completed in 1888, State Capitol is home to office of State Governor and Chambers of Texas Legislature. Its monuments and 22 acres of grounds is one of top attractions to visit in US. Protected as National Historic Landmark, this pink-granite landmark impresses with dimensions of 308 feet tall and ranks as sixth tallest state capitol. The park highlights include monument to the Heroes of Alamo, shaded path called Great Walk and monument to Vietnam War veterans. Also highlight here is restored Texas Governor’s Mansion which is accessible via free guided tours.
- Zilker Metropolitan Park and Botanical Garden
Most popular green space of Austin, Zilker Metropolitan Park is a favorite area for locals and visitors alike. The park has variety of excellent tourist attractions, including Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum and Zilker Hillside Theater. Popular activities include picnicking, walking and canoeing on Town Lake. Zilker Botanical Garden is 30 acres of plants and themed gardens, including ponds, waterfalls and lovely Japanese Garden. Additionally, there is herb garden, rose garden and Hartman Prehistoric Garden which is built around ancient dinosaur footprints.
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
Owned by Texas State Preservation Board, Bullock Texas State History Museum tells the story of Texas through variety of interesting exhibits, along with film and audio-visual displays. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits. The first floor’s theme is land; second floor theme “identity” and third floor theme opportunity. On second floor, Spirit Theater hosts a feature presentation entitled Star of Destiny. This special effects theater presentation is designed by designer Bob Rogers and BRC Imagination Arts and takes audiences on epic journey through history of Texas.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
One of the most visited attractions in Austin, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum has more than 45 million pages of historical papers and documents from President LBJ’s career. Refurbished in 2013, the museum has exhibits relating to president’s time in office. Additionally, there is impressive scale replica of Oval Office as it would be during Johnson’s presidency. Another notable museum is Harry Ransom Center which is known for its collections of literary and cultural artifacts from around the world. The library provides year-round public viewing of its cultural, historical and temporary exhibits to 125,000 visitors each year.
- Mexic-Arte Museum
Perched along Congress Avenue, Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum which showcases contemporary and traditional Latino, Mexican and Latin American art and culture. Founded in 1983, the museum features temporary exhibits including painting, sculptures and photography. Another art facility of note is University of Texas at Austin and Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. It has permanent collection of 17,000 pieces of American, European and Latin American art. The museum is open daily – 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Thursday.
- Austin Bats
According to experts, Austin is home to largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats have made Congress Avenue Bridge their home. Every spring Mexican free tailed bats migrate north to the bridge to give birth. Visit the city in summer time when bats can be seen each evening at dusk as they emerge for nightly excursions. Visitors can catch glimpse of where bats make their home by taking sunset cruise from companies like Lone Star riverboat and Capital Cruises.
- Barton Springs Pool
Nestled in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is favorite place among residents and visitors alike. It is recreational outdoor swimming pool which is filled with water from nearby natural springs. The pool exists within the channel of Barton Creek and gets water from Main Barton Spring. This spring is fourth largest spring in Texas. Additionally, this pool is popular for year-round swimming.