The state of Texas has had a long and colorful history. From the Alamo to the Astrodome, the Lone Star state has left its mark on the world. There are many cities worth visiting in Texas and Austin is one them. Austin is a wonderful place to visit as there are many things to do and places to see. We’ll investigate those places with some detail and some facts to help you plan your day while visiting Austin.
Texas State Capitol
It’s a no-brainer here as Austin is the capital of Texas. The Texas State Capital was erected in 1885 and is one of the tallest State Capitol buildings in the nation. A granite monument of the Ten Commandments is on display on the grounds, which caused a bit of hot water in 2005 when the monument was the subject of a Supreme Court case on the display being Constitutional or not.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Named after former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail is located in downtown Austin. It’s a peaceful and tranquil park with lush greenery and trails along Lady Bird Lake, it’s a popular spot with joggers and bicyclists.
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
The writings and life of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson is housed here at this expansive library. Located within the campus of the University of Texas, the museum attracts thousands of visitors every year.
French Legation Museum
The oldest foreign legation outside of Washington D.C., the French Legation Museum has been standing since 1841. The building was originally used to house Representatives of France in the then-newly created Republic of Texas.
Mount Bonnell is one of the highest points in the Austin area with an expansive view of downtown Austin, and the surrounding areas. It was designated as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1969 and also as a National Historic Place in 2015.
South Congress Bridge
Officially known as the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, the bridge crosses over Lady Bird Lake into downtown Austin. The bridge also holds the distinction of housing the world’s largest urban bat colony beneath it. The famous musician Beck Hansen comedically referenced this in two different concerts in Austin in 2002 in a funny improv called “release the bats”.
NLand Surf Park
A good old-fashioned Austin Pool Cleaning can be found here and then some! The NLand Surf Park houses 14 acres of man-made water for those who want to catch a wave without flying to California.
As you can see, Austin has plenty of places to check out while you’re in town. There’s many more locales than this, do your research and hit the road!