Points of Interest in Austin, Texas
Texas State Capitol
Built in 1888, one of the most major points of interest in Austin, Texas is the Capitol is a giant granite and
marble structure that features a large rotunda and dome. It is also home to the House and Senate chambers.
It is a beautiful sight to see on its own, but they also offer tours every 30 minutes that touch on the
history of the building. Many visitors even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn.
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is located in Downtown Austin. It is a reservoir located on the Austin leg of the
Colorado River and was created in 1960. People enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and boating around
the lake. The bridge that spans the lake is also home to the larges urban colony of Mexican Free-
Tailed Bats. Two other popular local attractions, Zilker Park and Barton Springs, are located
right next door to Lady Bird Lake.
Zilker Park is a great place for guests to canoe, kayak, and paddle board. The park takes up over
350 acres and was developed into a park in the 1930’s. Zilker Park is also home to a botanical
garden, sculpture garden, and host several events throughout the year including “Shakespeare in
the Park” during the summer.
Barton Springs Pool
The Barton Springs Pool is another major point of interest in Austin, Texas and a great place to go swimming year round and at any time of day. The
spring attached to the pool keeps it at a wonderful 68 degrees’ year round. Many guests describe
the water as luxurious. Many people make a day out of it and and hit all of the surrounding parks
within the hours around swimming in the Barton Springs Pool.
Bullock Texas State History Museum
This educational museum features everything about the history of Texas and is located only a
few blocks away from the Texas State Capitol. They have dozens of exhibits, I-MAX films, and
other events that teach the young and old alike about “the story of Texas.”