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Choose from the following attractions:
Austin Childrens' Museum
Austin Lyric Opera Austin Science & Nature Center
Austin Symphony Austin Zoo
Barton Springs in Zilker Park Bats at the Bridge
Blanton Museum of Art  
Capitol Complex Visitors Bureau Convention & Visitors Center
Elisabet Ney Museum Farmer's Market
French Legation Museum
George Washington Carver Museum Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Laguna Gloria Art Museum LBJ Library & Museum
Mount Bonnell Museum of Fine Art - Austin
Museum of Fine Arts Republic of Texas Museum
Texas Natural Science Center The 'Dillo
The Governor's Mansion The Neill-Cochran Museum House
The Old Bakery & Emporium The State Capitol
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum University of Texas
University of Texas Tower Zilker Gardens


The State Capitol

11th Street and Congress Avenue

Constructed in 1888 from Texas red granite from Granite Mountain near Marble Falls, Texas. The height of the dome is 309 feet, 8 inches, seven feet higher than the United States Capitol.

Open 7 am-10 pm Mon-Fri; 9 am - 5 pm Sat-Sun. Free guided tours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays; 9:30 am - 4:30 pm weekends.

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Capitol Complex Visitors Center

112 E. 11th Street (SE corner of Capitol Grounds)
P.O. Box 13286
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: 512 305-8400

Housed in the recently restored General Land Office Building (1856-57), the Visitors Center has many attractions for people of all ages. Visitors may enjoy a 23 minute video on the history of the Capitol. Other exhibits and a gift shop are available.

Open Tue-Fri 9 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Both self-guided and scheduled tours are available.

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The Governor's Mansion

1010 Colorado St.
Austin, TX
Phone: 512 463-5518 or 512 563-5516

The oldest building in the Capitol complex, completed in 1856 and one of the oldest in the city. Tours are conducted every 20 minutes form 10 am - 11:40 am Mon-Fri, but groups and official funcitons control the schedule. Gorups of 10 or more must call ahead for reservations. Admission is free.
Another site for the Governor's Mansion

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The French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Phone: 512-472-8180
Fax: 512-472-9457

Presented by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
The residence was built in 1840 and is designed in the Greek Revival style, similar to homes built in southern Louisiana during this time period. The state of Texas purchased the home in 1948, placing custody of it to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas who have restored and opened it up to the public since 1956.

Weddings and parties may be held at the museum with prior arrangements.

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Barton Springs in Zilker Park

Barton Springs Road in Austin

This park received its name from William (Uncle Billy) Barton who purchased and homesteaded the land in 1837. The springs rise from limestone strata that are a part of Balcones Fault, and have been a favorite camping and picnicking site for generations. The City of Austin purchased the land surrounding the springs for a park in 1917. The water flow varies from 15 to 42 million gallons daily.

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Zilker Gardens

2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512-477-8672

Contains many botanical highlights such as the Biblical Gardens, Rose kGarden, Oriental Garden, Garden of the Blind , Water Garden and more.

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The Neill-Cochran Museum House

2310 San Gabriel
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512 478-2335

A realistic blend of Greek Revival architecture and native Texas materials makes this house a unique feature of Austin; Built in 1855, it served as a family home when it was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. It is now maintained as a furnished Museum House and for study groups, seminars and funcitons of the Society. Open Wed - Sun 2-5 pm

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The Old Bakery and Emporium

1006 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512 477-5961

The Hospitality Desk provides information about the attractions of Austin. The Gift Shop offers reasonably priced handcrafted items. The Confectionery is an old-fashioned coffee shop that offers friendly service, sandwiches, pastries, breads, coffee and soft drinks. Open year round Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm closed weekends.

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Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512 445-5582

Over 130 sculptures by renowned Austin sculptor Charles Umlauf are displayed in both permanent and changing exhibits. Works may be viewed inside the museum and in the xeriscape garden. Both the museum and the garden are accessible to the handicapped. Fee for admission. Group tours available by appointment.

Located near Zilker Park, off Barton Springs Rd.

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University of Texas Tower

UT Campus Main Building and Tower
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Atop the Tower is a 56 bell carillon which chimes the quarter hours and strikes the hours on a 3 ½ ton bell. The bells are played from an electrical keyboard on the 3rd floor. The tower is 27 stories high.

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The Blanton Museum of Art
formerly the Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery

Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas

200 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512 471-7324

The museum began in 1963 as the University Art Museum. It was named for Archer M. Huntington in 1980. Then in 2006, a new faciity was opened on the campus and it was again renamed. This time for Jack S. Blanton, the former chairman of the Houston Endowment, Inc. The new building is located at 200 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Open Mon-Sat 9 am - 5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm

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Texas Natural Science Center

2400 Trinity St. Stop D1500
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512 471-1604

A museum consisting of four principal divisions: Anthropology, Botany-Zoology, Geology, and History. A statue of a group of mustangs is in front of the museum.

Open Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun 1 - 5 pm

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Laguna Gloria Art Museum

3809 W. 35th St.
Austin, TX
Phone: 512 458-8191

Changing exhibitions of 20th century American painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, decorative arts and architecture. Docents give gallery talks every Sunday at 2 pm; groups may arrange tours by reservation. The Museum Art School, with three multi-purpose classrooms and a ceramics studio offer diverse year-round classes for adults and children.

Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs 10 am - 9 pm; Sun 1 - 5 pm

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LBJ Library & Museum

2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX
Phone: 512 721-0200

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library's Museum, through exhibits, captures the imagination with exotic Head of State gifts and the visual story of a man from the Texas Hill Country and his rise to the American Presidency. Included is Texas history from the 1930's, Landmark Civil Rights Programs from the 1960's and the War in Vietnam. The Library also mounts major historical exhibitions. The archives collection of over 35 million items is available for research. Admission and parking free. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm. Closed Christmas

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Convention & Visitors Bureau

301 Congress Avenue, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512 474-5171
Toll-free: 800 926-2282

Visitors Center: 866-GO-AUSTIN

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm, Sat. 9 am to 5 pm and Sun. noon to 5 pm

Information about Austin and its varied and diversified life.

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The 'Dillo

Capital Metro - Free for the taking! Pick up a schedule at the Capital Metro Information Center at 8th and Congress or at most hotels and businesses downtown.

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Mount Bonnell

This is one of the highest points in Austin at 785 feet above sea level. There are 99 stone steps leading to the top of this attraction. A big climb, but worth every step. Open daily. 3800 Mount Bonnell Road, about 1 mile past West 35th Street.

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University of Texas

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX
78712
Phone: 877 475-6633

Campus tours are offered at no charge on weekdays - 11 am and 2 pm. Also on Sat. at 2 pm. Tours begin at the Main Tower information desk. Prominent buildings on campus are: Texas Memorial Museum, Harry Ransom Humanities Reserach Center, LBJ Library and Museum, the Littlefield House (c 1893) and Battle Hall (1911)

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Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St.
Austin, TX 78751
Phone: 512 458-2255

This is the home and studio of renowned German-born sculptor, Elisabet Ney. On display are many of her works, sculpting tools and furnishings.

Hours: Wed - Sat 10 am - 5 pm and Sun noon - 5 pm. Free admission

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Republic of Texas Museum

510 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: 512 339-1997

Collections of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas which are centered on the Republic of Texas period. (1836-1846) Open Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm

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Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Located at the University of Texas in Austin
300 West 21st Street
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: 512 471-8944

Collections of 20th century British, American and French literary materials, photography, film, theater arts, and visual arts. Open Mon - Fri 9 am - 4:30 pm Free admission

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Austin Children's Museum

201 Colorado Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512 472-2499

Educational and entertaining exhibits and programs geared to children. Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm and Sun noon - 5 pm. Fee for admission

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George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St.
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512 974-4926

Artifacts, community-related photographs, oral histories, videos and archival materials. Traveling exhibits.

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Austin Nature and Science Center

301 Nature Center Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512 974-3888

Exhibits include: Central Texas ecology, the Discovery Lab, wildlife exhibits, and a wildlife garden. Trail walks are available. Exhibits open Mon - Sat 9 am - 5 pm and Sun noon - 5 pm. Free admission

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Austin Zoo

10808 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 78736
Phone: 512 288-1490

Exotic and domestic animals

Daily 10 am - 6pm. Free for admission, children under 3 free..

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Austin Symphony

The oldest orchestra in Texas!

1101 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512 476-6064

Please call for current programs and dates.

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Austin Lyric Opera

Please call for our season's performances

3009 Industrial Terrace #100
Austin, Texas 78758
Phone: 512 472-5927

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Bats at the Bridge

Phone: Austin American-Statesman Bat Hotline - 512 416-5700 Category 3636

The best time to view the bats is during the month of August when the newborn bats begin to come out with their mothers. The Bats at the Bridge are Mexican free-tail bats (Tadarida brasiliensis). The bridge is the new Congress Avenue Bridge. It is home to over 1.5 million bats. Help protect and promote Bats, become a member of Bat Conservation International. Write us at: P.O. Box 162603 in Austin, TX 78716; phone: 512 327-9721.
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Farmers' Market

6701 Burnet Road

Austin, TX 78757

Phone: (512) 454-1002

Travis County Farmers' Market is worth a special trip. Any mouth-watering, home-grown thing can be found here - home made breads & jams, produce, soup, meats, not be mention fresh baked pastries. Holidays are the best at the Farmers' Market. Open daily from 7 am to 6 pm year round.

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Museum Of Fine Arts Austin

823 Congress Ave # 100
Austin, TX 78701-2429
Phone: 512-477-0766

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Trahanatzis Museum Of Fine Art

PO Box 9052
Austin, TX 78766-9052
Phone: 512-323-2552

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