If you’re making your way through Texas this summer, here’s some of the sights you just can’t miss!
Just one of the great things about the Austin city sights is that many of the museums are free. And no tip would be complete without the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History. Part of the larger Natural Science Center at the University of Texas, they have a huge collection and exhibits range from paleontology and geology to insects, fish and mammals. There’s a great dino collection, and it’s home of the Wichita County meteorite too, so be sure not to miss it out.
The unique Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum features notable works by Charles Umlauf himself. Set in a beautiful garden environment with waterfalls and ponds to explore, who could resist? Alongside the permanent collection in the main museum is a changing temporary exhibit, and there’s often music concerts and events to enjoy too.
Talking about music, the cozy one world theatre is a perfect stop to add to your itinerary. Proceeds go towards helping foster arts in low income communities too, which is fabulous. Or head to the French Legation, built in 1841 for the French representatives in Texas. This fully restored building also regularly hosts events and activities ranging from food sampling to concerts. It’s not to be missed by history and culture buffs alike.
If you’re more into Tex-Mex culture [and food, there’s some superb restaurants catering to these tastes in Austin] then be sure to pop past the Mexic-Arte Museum, showcasing both contempory and traditional art and culture form the Mexican, Latino and Latin American communities. For art lovers, there’s also the Elisabeth Ney Museum, with a great collection by the artist herself and her fully preserve studio. Even the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Austin’s not all about history, however. The town that earned itself a reputation as the center of the counter-culture revolution hardly would, would it? Form tiny music dives to better known famous venues, you can indulge all sorts of musical tastes in Austin. Or head out to the famous 6th street area for nightlife and bustling fun- be sure to take a pedicab if you’re keen to avoid parking issues or just spare your feet! And Austin’s food culture ranges from sushi to cupcakes and everything in-between. From their thriving ‘trailer food’ culture to sit down restaurant, Asian fusion, Tex Mex, local traditional diners and thriving delis offer up temptations for your palette- you’re sure to leave heavier then you arrived!
Of course, if you’re the sporting type you can head out on the wonderful bike and hiking trails the area offers. From Zilker Park and it’s year-round swimming to the Lake Austin and more, there’s a host of great watersport activities to help you burn off the calories too. And you can always take a walk [or a boat, for the brave] down to the Congress bridge at sunset to watch the famous bat colony set out on its nighttime foraging.
Come to Austin- you won’t regret it.
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