From March to October spectators converge at sunset to watch the bats' mass exodus from underneath the bridge. This is one of the largest urban bat colonies in the nation. Information kiosks are on the north and south shores of Lady Bird Lake by the bridge. Barton Springs Road and Congress Avenu...
PBS' longest running program, Austin City Limits, was first broadcast from the KLRU studios on The University of Texas at Austin campus in 1976. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designated the original studios (and show) a historic rock 'n' roll site. Today, the studios are downtown at ACL Live at...
Tour historic sites and scenic streets of Austin and then, in the same vehicle, splash into Lake Austin for a leisurely cruise. Tours depart from the Austin Visitor Center. Check website or call for schedules and reservations. Admission charge. 209 E. Sixth St. www.austinducks.com
Visitors can stroll the 12-acre grounds overlooking Lake Austin and take in the scenic sculpture and historic gardens. Galleries open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Grounds open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Public tours 1 p.m. on weekends. Closed holidays. Admission charge. 3809 W....
Educational exhibits feature science, natural history, botany, more than 90 native Texas animals and a Dino Pit, where visitors can unearth replicas of fossils found in Texas. It also has wonderful hiking and nature trails. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 301 Nature Cente...
"Austin in 90 minutes" is a narrated van tour of more than 30 historical and cultural attractions on a 30-mile route. Tour passes by historic downtown, State Capitol, the UT Campus and East Austin, plus provides a scenic drive to the edge of the Hill Country. Daily tours from the Austin Visitor C...
This rescue and sanctuary zoo in southwest Travis County offers hands-on encounters with a variety of animals. It includes pony and train rides and a picnic area. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Call for extended summer hours. Admission charge. 10807 Rawh...
Among the country's top university fine arts collections, this museum's galleries feature contemporary Latin American, Renaissance and Western art. Free admission Thursdays. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission charge. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd....
Walk through a block in downtown Austin that was once considered one of the most eminent neighborhoods owned by a single family. John Bremond Sr., family patriarch, successfully built this block with Victorian houses and lush landscapes. Tours depart 11 a.m. Sat.-Sun.
This state-of-the-art museum traces Texas history from before European exploration to the early 1970s. An IMAX Theatre features 2-D and 3-D films. The Texas Spirit Theater's "Star of Destiny" includes 3-D images, special effects, and shaking seats. Free for children under 5. Underground garage pa...
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