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  • 1. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bob Bullock—a potent political force in his day—lobbied hard to establish a museum of state history during...Read More

  • 2. "I Love You So Much" Mural

    South Congress District | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    The story goes that Austin musician Amy Cook took a can of red spray paint to write her then-partner, Liz Lambert, a love letter on the side...Read More

  • 3. Auditorium Shores

    South Austin | Park/Playground

    Depending on when you visit this lush green park, you’ll have a totally different experience. If you manage to make it here for a concert, the...Read More

  • 4. Austin City Hall

    Government Building

    The home of municipal government since November 2004 and the anchor of the Second Street District, City Hall is a striking modern showcase of...Read More

  • 5. Austin Nature and Science Center

    Zilker Park | Educational Institution

    Adjacent to the Zilker Botanical Gardens, this complex has an 80-acre preserve trail, interactive exhibits in the Discovery Lab that teach about...Read More

  • 6. Barton Creek Greenbelt

    Zilker Park | Park/Playground

    This park follows the contour of Barton Creek and the canyon it created west along a 8 mile-long area from Zilker Park to west of Loop 360....Read More

  • 7. Blanton Museum of Art

    University of Texas Area | Museum/Gallery

    Formerly the Huntington Art Gallery, this is among the largest university art museums in the United States. Although it's home to a teaching...Read More

  • 8. Circuit of the Americas

    Sports–Sight

    Most of Austin moves at a relaxed pace, but here, just a few miles outside the city limits, things speed up considerably. The Circuit of the...Read More

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  • 9. Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium

    University of Texas Area | Sports–Sight

    Longhorns bleed burnt orange and nowhere is that more evident than at a game at Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium. The stadium was originally...Read More

  • 10. Dell Diamond

    Sports Venue

    Though most people think Austin’s sports teams only wear burnt orange, a little ways north, the colors are all red, white, and blue. Dell Diamond...Read More

  • 11. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

    University of Texas Area | Library/Archive

    This is American scholars’ go-to resource for 750,000-plus photographs, old documents, more than 400 quilts, and in excess of 50,000 music recordings...Read More

  • 12. Elisabet Ney Museum

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    The 19th century lives on at this delightfully eccentric museum, where German Romanticism meets the Texas frontier. The 70-plus sculptures and...Read More

  • 13. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This stunning architectural site is just off of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, overlooking the river. Dedicated to celebrating notable...Read More

  • 14. Fire Department History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Next door to the O. Henry Museum and the Susanna Dickinson Museum, this truly spectacular gem is housed in Central Fire Station No. 1, Austin...Read More

  • 15. General Land Office

    Government Building

    The only surviving government building from Austin's first 30 years owes its Gothic style to its German-born and -trained architect, Conrad...Read More

  • 16. Harry Ransom Center

    University of Texas Area | Educational Institution

    Part of the University of Texas, this is one of the world's greatest collectors and exhibitors of important literary papers and other artifacts...Read More

  • 17. Inner Space Cavern

    Sports–Sight

    This Mesozoic-era karst cavern 24 miles north of Austin was discovered in 1963 and opened to the public three years later. Visitors enter from...Read More

  • 18. Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    As war stories go, the most defining for Texas is, of course, the Alamo. And although Davy Crockett, William Travis, and James Bowie are often...Read More

  • 19. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    Garden/Arboretum

    This 43-acre complex, founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes, has extensive plantings of native Texas wildflowers that...Read More

  • 20. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

    University of Texas Area | Library/Archive

    The artifacts and voluminous documents on exhibit here provide some insight into the 36th president's mind and motivations, and though his foibles...Read More

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