Attractions in Austin

Texas State Capitol
Built in the Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, the Texas State Capitol is a magnificent landmark that is well worth a visit. Constructed in the 1880s with Texas pink granite, the capitol building stands more than 300 feet high. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the interior to see paintings of former presidents and governors of Texas as well as oil paintings that illustrate many of the state's major historical events. The chambers of the Texas Legislature are also open for visitng when not in session. The capitol building is situated on 22 acres of sprawling grounds where visitors can relax, picnic and admire monuments honoring historical figures like the Heroes of the Alamo, Terry's Texas Rangers, Confederate Soldiers and Volunteer Firemen.

Austin Museum of Art
Featuring rotating exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging artists from all over the world, the Austin Museum of Art also offers many art classes and workshops. Housed in a renovated 1916 villa, the museum is a place where visitors can admire the various art works, check out the historical building, stroll the lovely gardens and explore scenic walking trails.

Zilker Botanical Garden
Less than two miles from the convention center, the Zilker Botanical Garden is a beautiful and relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Covering more than 31 acres, the botanic garden features plants and flowers that live in the Southwest. Visitors can explore the butterfly trails or meander around winding paths and varied gardens like the Japanese, rose and herb gardens.

Barton Springs Pool
A popular summer attraction, the Barton Springs Pool is a natural limestone swimming pool in the middle of the city. Fed by underground springs, the pool is more than a 1,000 feet long and features crystal clear water that stays a year round 68 degrees. Once regarded by Native Americans as a sacred pool with healing properties, the pool today offers a refreshing oasis from hot, summer heat. Grassy slopes flank both sides of the pool, presenting ideal spots for sunbathers. The pool is a family friendly location where many people come every summer to swim, picnic and socialize.

Texas Memorial Museum
Located on the campus of the University of Texas, the Texas Memorial Museum is a four level museum featuring various artifacts and objects relating to natural history. Some of the fascinating exhibits in the museum include dinosaur fossils, precious gems and minerals, antique guns and taxidermied animals that are native to Texas. The museum is free of charge and also offers a gift shop where visitors can purchase the likes of hand-made gifts, jewelry, toys, shirts and books.