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Top 10 Things to Do In Austin

The city of Austin has attractions that cater to a large audience, regardless of their ages. From parks to pools and museums, they have it all. In this list, you will find the must-see places for what could be your next vacation.

1. Zilker Metropolitan Park

This 142-hectare park is possibly the greatest attraction in all of Austin hosting multiple museums, athletic fields, and the famous Barton Springs pool. Along with these sights, you can dig for fossils in their famous dino pit or even indulge in some recreational water activities.

2. Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum

This library, made in honor of the 36th United States president, Lyndon B. Johnson, holds some of the oldest scriptures dating back to the 1960s. This library also has an LBJ robot that is as quirky and humorous as the president himself was.

3. State Capitol

The state capitol, Opened in 1888, is Texas’s legislative center. This structure is about 14 feet taller than that of the U.S. capitol present in Washington D.C. Most of the rooms and chambers within the capitol are the same as when the capitol opened.

4. Austin Bats

The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to an approximate 1.5 million bats. After the renovation of the bridge in 1980, small crevices were left where bats quickly took refuge. While migrating north the Mexican free-tailed bats stop at the bridge to mate and return back home in spring.

5. Blanton Museum of Art

Present at the University of Texas campus, this museum shelters more than 17,000 Works of art, including Baroque and Renaissance paintings by artists like Poussin and Rubens. This is a must-see for any art enthusiast because many people regard it to be one of the biggest on-campus museums in the world.

6. Sixth Street

Famous for generating musical talent since the 1960s, many people regard the sixth street as the live music capital of the world and for a good reason.  With almost weekly competitions and live concerts, truly Sixth Street lives up to its name.

7. Esther’s Follies

So maybe you’re not a musical person that’s ok, but there’s nothing wrong with a good laugh from time to time. The cast of Esther’s Follies has been entertaining the people of Austin for over 35 years, and they don’t plan to stop any time soon.

8. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

As Claudia Alta Taylor “lady bird” was a botanist herself she created this center for fellow botanists and plant enthusiasts.  While Planting and gardening classes are available here, it is also the largest native plant research library in the United States.

9. Bullock Texas State History Museum

Named after Texas’s 38th lieutenant governor this historic museum holds artifacts from the like the original goddess of liberty statue and one of the suits used in the Apollo space mission to the moon. Other than priceless and historic artifacts, it also holds a large exhibit that shows the history of this diverse state.

10. Mexic-Arte Museum

This museum is specifically dedicated to art and culture from Mexico and Latin America. It has arts from lesser-known artist and historical and cultural masks, also present are some pictures of the Mexican revolution.

These are just some of the places in one of America’s most diverse and culturally rich cities. There are plenty more sights and wonders to see, so what are you waiting for?