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Fine Arts Centers

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterBallet AustinAustin Children's MuseumAustin Children's Museum creates innovative learning experiences for children and families that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.The Bob Bullock Texas State History MuseumThe Blanton Museum of ArtThe Blanton welcomes and engages all visitors by offering personal, extraordinary experiences that connect art and ideas, reaching within and beyond campus to stimulate the thriving, creative community that is Austin, Texas.Austin Museum of ArtWith two locations, the Austin Museum of Art presents an array of art experiences in the fun, informal, and collaborative spirit of Austin.

Lakes and Rivers

Lake AustinHamilton Pool Nature PreserveHamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner's Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool's water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought.Zilker ParkLake TravisEmma Long Metropolitan ParkEmma Long Metropolitan Park is located 6.2 miles off FM 2222 on City Park Road. The park is on the shores of Lake Austin, and consists of a total of 1150 acres, 70 of which are developed.

Shopping and Entertainment

South by Southwest FestivalThis March event is held at the Convention Center and in dozens of Austin's nightclubs. Some say it is the biggest event in the American music industry. Critics, producers, and over 600 bands appear. The event is similar to the Grammys, with most types of music represented among the bands. There is also a film festival that goes on as part of South by Southwest. If you're in Austin at this time of year, this is a great way to see yesterday's legends and tomorrow's stars in intimate venuesTexas Hill Country Food and Wine FestivalThis event, held during late March or early April, brings together chefs, vintners, cheese makers, herb and vegetable growers, and gourmands from all over the state. In addition to a wide range of seminars, classes, and demonstrations (held at various venues throughout the city) visitors love Sunday Fair - a collection of food and wine sampling booths arrayed like a miniature city along the shore of Town LakeDowntown AustinCasual, cosmopolitan, eclectic, five-star, techie, hippie, historic, chic, intellectual, fashionable, artistic, and weird… The adjectives used to describe Downtown Austin are as numerous and diverse as the people who live, work and visit here. The Congress Avenue BatsRound Rock Premium Outlet MallAustin City LimitsAustin City Limits, the long-running, much-praised live music program on public television, captures the spirit of the Austin music scene like no other. And while it once primarily hosted country performers, today's lineup includes something from virtually every genre. Even so, there's just too much good music for the regular television season, and that's where the festival comes in. From local singer-songwriters to internationally known artists, the festival features about 130 performances on eight stages, along with tons of food, drink, children's activities, and arts and crafts vendors. Past performers have included everyone from Blues Traveler, Lyle Lovett, and Buddy Guy to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roseanne Cash, and Oasis. To get to the festival site, take the free shuttle from Waterloo Park (403 E 15th St). Hill Country GalleriaLake Austin Spa#1 Destination Spa as voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler!

Sports Arenas

The Dell DiamondThe Dell Diamond is the home of the Round Rock Express Baseball Club, and also a facility that features numerous amenities for fan comfort and enjoyment. The Express and Dell Computer Corporation agreed on a partnership that included stadium naming rights in January of 2000. With a seating capacity of 8,688 fixed seats, crowds at The Dell Diamond can easily swell to 12,000 with room for almost 3,000 additional fans on the outfield grass berm area. This area is used for general admission seating, and has become a popular option for fans eager for a unique view of the game.

Universities

The University of TexasWelcome to The University of Texas at Austin, the largest institution of The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Austin is a major research university home to more than 48,000 students, 2,700 faculty and 17,000 staff members.
Last Updated: 5/9/2014