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Sightseeing and landmarks in Austin

Art museums

Art Museum
“For the art lovers! A beautiful art museum to spend some time at in Downtown Austin.”
  • 230 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center is a nearby art gallery conveniently located on Congress. Downtown is easily accessed via the hike and bike trail. The entrance to the trail is located off of Riverside Drive. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Visit the studio and home of Elizabeth Ney. A local female sculptor from the early Texas period. Peaceful and very interesting place to visit and learn a little local history. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Especially visit in October when there’s a splendid display of alters honoring the dearly departed.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“This place is great! Its a beautifull villa/artschool. Would be nice to combine with a trip to peacock park and mount Bonnel. You can walk around on their premises for free and stroll thru their sculture garden with work of amongst others AiWeiWei. Sometimes they also have one day courses in for example natural dying or wheelthrowing.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“A gorgeous fourteen-acre museum and sculpture garden on the shores of Lake Austin. Great for when you're in the mood for art and nature at the same time. They also have a little cafe!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“Unusual museum that specializes in "old Austin" music scene and poster artists.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Small, cool museum covering a unique, early Texas frontierswomen and artist, Elizabet Ney. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“This attraction will help you check the required museum off your to-do list. It's also close to Univ of Texas (across the street) which is excellent for people watching.”
  • 233 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The 1888 granite & marble structure has a significant rotunda & dome plus House & Senate chambers.”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“UT's Natural History Museum. Free admission with any student ID. Great bug collection!”
  • 4 locals recommend
History Museum
“Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday 10 am – 9 pm; Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; Closed on Sunday Cost: Free Learn more about Juneteenth and the history of African-American scientists and inventors on our country. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of the most visited attractions in Austin, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ's lengthy career. The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president's time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. Also of interest is an impressive scale replica of the Oval Office as it would have been during Johnson's presidency, and many temporary exhibits related to American history are hosted throughout the year.”
  • 6 locals recommend
History Museum
“Everything you ever want to know about Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, and many other great Texas musicians.”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“I haven't been yet, but it is at the beginning of Cesar Chavez Street near the freeway. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Botanical Garden
“Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 26 acres nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, Zilker Botanical Garden is often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Riparian Streambed, and Rose Garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds, while the Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates a Cretaceous habitat filled with plants from the time of the dinosaurs. Featuring heritage live oaks set into a hillside, the Garden offers a lush, shady respite perfect for an urban get-away stroll.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Bridge
“Home to the largest urban bat colony in the U.S. Crowds gather at dusk to watch thousands and thousands fly off into the sunset.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“March through November. Get there before sunset. Will emerge at dusk. Looks like black cloud in the sky. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Bridge
“A must-see in Downtown Austin! At dusk every night, the world's largest urban bat colony that fly across Lady Bird Lake to feed themselves.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“One of the loveliest drives any time of year in Austin happens on the Capital of Texas/360 Highway as you cross over Lake Austin (really the Colorado River).The rust-colored curved steel bridge — named officially for the architect, Percy V. Pennyback — is an architectural wonder in itself, stretching 1,150 feet across the lake without ever touching it. This keeps the lake clear for boaters and water skiers who love this hill-covered stretch of West Austin as much as the commuters who travel across it everyday on their way to work. The bridge is four lanes wide in addition to a six foot wide pedestrian and biking lane, and a southbound turnaround that allows for parking below the bridge. Sunsets are especially phenomenal as you cross over the bridge because you can take in the huge expanse of sky in all directions.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bridge
“One of our favorite spots in Austin. This has a gorgeous view of downtown and Town Lake. Great spot to watch the sunset. Some local musicians sometimes come by to play music. Lovely place to take a stroll overall. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“A short, steep hike leads to stunning views of Austin’s limestone cliffs, the Colorado River and the Texas Hill Country.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“A truly "Austin" spot, castle hill is where all the best graffiti artists in town go to make their mark. Old school pros mingle with aspiring graffiti artists and the result is an outdoor art gallery for the people sprayed out on the footprint of what i believe is an old school foundation. Its a tourist destination for a reason but its also a blast to go and snap some pictures at. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Historic sites

Capitol Building
“The pink-granite building is the centerpiece of downtown Austin, perched on a hill at 12th Street and Congress Avenue. Free guided tours are held daily, starting in the South Foyer, but brochures are also available on the first floor for self-guided tours. The Texas Legislature meets every two years, so you’ll have to check the schedule if you want to see an actual session in progress.”
  • 445 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Center features exhibits ,events & programs that explore Mexican American Culture arts & heritage. This is just one of the multiple Culture CNTRS here in Austin. Austin has all different types of Culture Centers through various parts of this city. Google Culture Cntrs. Austin ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Fantastic house of the world class architect Charles Moore, for when he lived here during his tenure at UT. Call or email ahead for a tour.”
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Field
“UT's own presidential library. A really exciting spot for history buffs. It's a great museum because it shows all aspects of LBJ - flaws and all. $10 for adults (less for seniors, veterans, and children). A 1-mile bike ride from our front door. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Library
“Award winning architecture with an amazing interior layout. Great place to lounge on the balcony or in one of the many nooks spread throughout.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Museum
“Just at the edge of campus. A large and impressive collection of art from around the world. Rotating collections. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Museum
“An archive and museum with a unique collection of photography, films and documents. See the first photo ever taken and an original copy of the Gutenburg Bible. Admission is always free”
  • 17 locals recommend
Library
“Public library with kid's area, free internet access computers and great selection of music and movies.”
  • 9 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of the most visited attractions in Austin, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum boasts more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers from President LBJ's lengthy career. The museum, dedicated in 1971 and refurbished in 2013, contains exhibits relating to the president's time in office, as well as important issues of the day, including the rise of the civil rights movement. Also of interest is an impressive scale replica of the Oval Office as it would have been during Johnson's presidency, and many temporary exhibits related to American history are hosted throughout the year.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“Interested in Civil Rights movement and Equal Rights? This is the place for you then. The whole library is centered around equal rights. Check out the huge mosaic mural on side of the building!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“Excellent location for a business meeting. A new library with an extensive childrens book section (kids furniture too).”
  • 4 locals recommend