Austin being the state capital of Texas doesn’t disappoint, especially when it comes to tourist attractions. The city often claims itself to be the music hub of the world. Other than that, it is the proud owner of American raceways Formula 1’s Circuit. This itself is enough for someone to fall in love with Austin, Tx but you came here for more right?
One of the best academic institutions in the world, the University of Texas is the pride of the city. The city offers more than just great views; you can have the time of your life running, swimming, hiking, cycling, and boating around the city. This is still not the end; the city has an excellent museum district, cultural pursuits, and culturally hip shopping spots that never let you get bored. Now let’s dive into the specifics and tell you best this remarkable city has to offer.
1. LADY BIRD LAKE
If you are new to the city, you must be looking to start with something a bit calm and soothing. A place that gets you warmed up to what lies ahead. Lady Bird lake is one of the best tourist attractions for people coming from all over the world. You can relax, take a break from your daily life, and experience the natural surroundings of this beautiful lake.
You’ll often see bikers and runners just strolling around with their friends as part of their leisure activity. It is a great place to be with your loved ones and pets. This is a fantastic place for you and your pet to bond and play around.
2. BULLOCK HISTORY MUSEUM
Now there is a popular misconception about museums only being for geeks, nerds and book worms. We seem to find this to be the opposite of what Bullock history museum has to offer. This fascinating and beautiful Museum tells the “Story of Texas” in an articulate exciting manner to its visitors.
Based on three floors, the Museum has some interactive exhibits with each floor having a different vibe and theme for you to experience. The first floor is a hands-on, immersive environment that uncovers Texas history with the most contemporary research on our past. This one-of-a-kind journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history documents the rise and fall of nations up to Mexican Independence in 1821. The second-floor gallery explores Texas history from 1821 to 1936. Discover the personal stories and the people, places, and events that shaped the state as Texas moved through revolution, annexation, immigration, the economics and human cost of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Depression-era extravagance that highlighted the state’s 100th birthday. In this gallery, hear narrator Captain Juan Seguín give an eyewitness account of the revolution from the battle of Gonzales to the fall of the Alamo in the Revolution Theater. Imagine what issues Stephen F. Austin wrestled with while sitting at his long-leaf pine desk. See how Texas transitioned from an independent nation to the 28th state in the Union. Explore how a clothes iron with a bell in the base and a Wilson stoneware jug tell the complex stories of African Americans in 19th century Texas. Ride the Texas plains with the Comanche. Then sit back in the Centennial Theater and enjoy historical footage of the 1936 exposition that showcased Texas’s western identity and bold, new capabilities. The third-floor gallery has ranching artifacts with Tejano roots to oil field drill bits to Civil Rights-era documents to music with unique Texas sensibilities; the third-floor gallery captures the excitement of Texas’s emergence onto the national stage in the 20th century. In this gallery, explore the Texas cattle stories told by the “running W” King Ranch branding iron. Find out why an oil field tool developed by Howard Hughes, Sr. is called a “Christmas tree.” Get a close-up view of the AT-6 “Texan,” the World War II advanced flight trainer airplane that helped the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) fly into history. Visit the Austin City Limits Theater for a large-screen concert experience featuring film clips from the iconic television series. Imagine you are monitoring spacecraft and astronauts on an original 1960s NASA Mission Control console. Travel through time and geography via the postcard wall, an exhibition of hundreds of postcards from across the years and across the state of Texas. Finish your tour through the Texas History Galleries with a stop at the Texas Story Project exhibition, featuring artifacts and videos from the Museum’s digital archive project connecting Texas’s past, present, and future.
The Museum has been designed to keep all perspectives in mind as it comes equipped with a kid section as well. It has a theatre that projects special effects that take its young visitors on a journey of Texan history. The video projection facility in this Museum is state of the art with 2-D and 3-D projection capabilities with an IMAX theatre.
3. STATE CAPITOL
This legislative center of Texas is one of the best historical landmarks in Texas. The State Capitol is an architectural wonder with the level of beauty projected from its design. A remarkable building and something that you shouldn’t miss. The beautiful red granite building has giant brass doors that shine brighter than the sun itself, with its fantastic dome serving as a cherry on top. The State Capitol also has an excellent gift shop and a cafeteria inside (travel pro tip).
The monument is also significant because it lies in the center of 17 other surrounding admirable monuments. The landscaped gardens and a free tour to the whole place form the perfect experience for a perfect evening in Austin, Tx. The Capitol is, without a doubt, one of the must-see places in Texas.
4. THE LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
LBJ stands for “Lyndon Baines Johnson.” There are 13 presidential libraries in the United States, and LBJ is one of them. The library is the product of a fascinating mixture of turbulent past and life of North America and how it was death with by LBJ. The LBJ Presidential Library has three floors, and the tour involves an 11-minute film that shows the vision for a Great Society.
One of the most exciting aspects of the tour is the telephone exhibition, which is an interactive part of the exhibition. When the visitors lift the receiver, they can hear the president talking about a variety of war-room strategies and also some recording related to the Vietnam war. Another interesting aspect of this monument is the Oval Office replica one can find inside the LBJ Presidential Library. It is suitable for both kids and adults. At a reasonable price, anyone can get an audio guide for the entire library.
5. BLAZER TAG
Enough with history and monuments? Want to blow up some steam? Then Blazer Tag Adventure Center is just where you need to be. Blazer Tag is an amazing recreational activity for your family and friends. If you are looking for family fun and an evening to remember, nothing can beat this experience, guaranteed. Blazer Tag Adventure Center has a laser tag game situated at a ten-thousand-foot arena. The arena is 3-foot-tall and filled with adventurous ramps and towers. Players are provided with phasers and laser lights to score points. When the round is over, scores are generated by kills and deaths a player takes. Players names at the end of each round are placed according to their ranks to decide the winning team. Blazer Tag Adventure Center also has indoor rope and arcade games section as well. In short, it is a complete entertainment package.
So, if you ever had the privilege to visit Austin, Texas be sure check these awesome venues. We hope you have a great time
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