When I think of Texas I picture people riding around on horses with cowboy hats…. just kidding! Actually when I think of Texas I think of everything being extra large since everything is bigger in Texas. As a first timer in Texas I had to do the whole tourist adventure. Texas has so much natural beauty and historical sites which makes it a great place to visit. Here are some places to explore if you are going to Austin for the first time.
The Texas State Capitol contains the offices and chambers of legislature and is the office of the governor. Make sure to take advantage of the free tours.
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
The Texas Capitol Visitors Center is in the restored General Land Office Building. It is open to the public and has free admission. There are free tours every 20-30 minutes or you can just walk around on your own.
The Butler Trail
Such a beautiful trail overlooking the river. Canoes and sailboats are available to rent or you can just go for a nice walk along the trail.
Congress Avenue Bridge
This bridge is home to a colony of different bat species. Visitors get comfy on the grass while awaiting the group of bats to fly out in the evening to get food. You need to be extremely patient if you want to see the bats.
There is so much of everything along Congress Ave; from historical sites to shopping. You can walk from State Capitol down to South Congress Ave and not be bored.
Located about an hour west of Austin, Hamilton Pool is a beautiful scenic natural swimming pool surrounded by a grotto. There is no lifeguard so swim with caution.
Built in 1915, Paramount Theatre is a live theatre venue and movie theatre. The inside is so beautiful, come see a movie here!
Hope Outdoor Gallery
Amazing outdoor murals and graffiti with four tiers of walls to explore. Make sure to wear sneakers so you able able to climb up the walls.
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir in Downtown Austin on the Colorado River. It has a great view of the Austin skyline. To get here you need to walk along the Butler Trail on the opposite side of the Congress bridge.
Another historic street, 6th street also has great entertainment. There are plenty of places to satisfy everyone with bars, restaurants and people of every walk of life.
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