Austin is known for its incredible music, delicious restaurants and food trucks, excellent university, and vibrant tech scene. It is a city in motion where people who love nature live warm weather and lush BBQs. And with its endless conferences and music and sports events, it attracts people from all over the world.
Austin, Texas, is not only the capital of the state but also claims to be the hub of live music in the world. The attractions of Austin are suitable for all ages. With plenty of green space, active travelers can cycle through Zilker Metropolitan Park and swim in the Barton Springs Pool before watching a night of bats waiting on Congress Avenue Bridge.
The Texas State Capitol, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, is a remarkable building that you should not miss when visiting Austin as the stunning red granite building glows brightly from its massive brass door hinges to the top of its fantastic dome, which you can visit by climbing four flights of the inlaid marble floor.
Stoically in the heart of Central Australia stands Texas’ Legislative Center, the State Capitol. The House of Representatives and the governor’s reception room still looks the same as it did when the Capitol opened. There are a large gift shop and a cafeteria, where you can also stop by.
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs is a pool/creek to which everyone streams in the warm summer months. Formed from subterranean sources, the 3-acre pool remains consistently between 68 and 70 degrees – perfect for a break from the hot summer temperatures Texas is known for.
Nestled in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is a popular area among visitors and residents alike. There are also bathhouses and an educational exhibit on the history and biology of Barton Springs on the grounds. Guests at the pool say the experience is one of the things that makes Austin unique.
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Park is in the heart of South Austin and offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as hiking. Barton Springs (see above) is here, and there’s a botanical garden and the ever-awesome outdoor Umlauf Sculpture Garden, centered on the artistic works of Charles Umlauf.
Sitting across the river from downtown Austin, this beloved 351-acre park buoys Austin’s reputation as one of the Best Places to Live. Give yourself a day or two to explore everything Zilker Metropolitan Park has to offer. The park is also home to several popular city-wide events, including the Austin City Limits Musical Festival and the ABC Kite Fest.
LBJ Presidential Library
Johnson was one of the most influential US presidents of the 20th century. As a complex man, he helped advance the Great Society, expanding civil rights and the social safety net while expanding the war in Vietnam. The library is a fascinating blend, with three floors filled with exhibits containing an 11-minute film of his vision for the Great Society.
A fascinating and entertaining interactive exhibit is the phones that, when raised, provide the president’s voice as he talks about various war-space strategies and makes decisions about the Vietnam War. There is also a very impressive replica of the Oval Office that will interest both adults and children.
A trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” would not be complete without discovering some of Austin’s up and coming talents along Sixth Street. This area became the center of Austin’s music scene in the 1970s. Today, Sixth Street between Congress Street and Interstate 35 (known to the locals as Dirty Sixth) is the center of Austin musical action.
Many visitors last compare Sixth Street with New Orleans Bourbon Street, assuring that there are places that are sure to appeal to all tastes. On Friday and Saturday night, the police are restricting vehicle traffic on Sixth Street, allowing people to walk in the middle of the street.