Are you traveling to Austin, Texas for a meeting or special event at the Convention Center? Do you plan to be in the area and want to know some of the best things to see and do? Check out the following suggestions.
Texas Sate Capitol
Covering 22 acres and towering more than 300 feet high, the Texas State Capitol building is a magnificent landmark that should not be missed. Built in the 1880s with Texas pink granite and the beautiful Italian Renaissance Festival style of architecture, the capitol building makes for attractive eye candy. You can go inside and take a self-guided tour to admire the elaborate interior and see oil paintings depicting the state’s major historical events as well as paintings of former Texas presidents and governors. Outside of the building, you can stroll along the sprawling grounds to check out sculptures and monuments like the Terry’s Texas Rangers, the Heroes of the Alamo, the Volunteer Firemen and Confederate Soldiers. In addition, there are plenty of benches, open spaces and picnic tables to relax and enjoy lunch.
Austin Museum of Art
If you are an art lover, don’t miss the Austin Museum of Art. Situated in a beautifully restored 1916 villa, the museum features a rotating collection of contemporary art works as well as lovely outdoor gardens and walking trails.
Zilker Botanical Garden
If you want a peaceful and scenic place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving it, the Zilker Botanical Garden is just the place. Less than two miles away from the convention center, this garden complex features more than 30 acres of flowers and plants native to the Southwest. You can meander along butterfly trails and explore themed gardens like the rose, herb and Japanese gardens.
Barton Springs Pool
If you are visiting in the summer and need a respite from the Texas heat, head over to the Barton Springs Pool. Once regarded as a sacred place by Native Americans, this natural limestone pool stretches more than 1,000 feet long and is fed by underground springs. You can dip in the cool, crystal clear waters and sunbathe on the natural grassy slopes.
Texas Natural Science Center
At the Texas Natural Science Center, you can learn all about the natural history of Texas by seeing dinosaur fossils, minerals, precious gems and animals native to the state. In the gift shop, you can purchase a wide range of goods related to the museum like books, shirts, toys, jewelry and homemade crafts. You will find this museum on the campus of the University of Texas. Admission is free of charge.