Sustainable Archives: AUSTIN 2009
Joint Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists
and the Council of State Archivists
Pre-Conference Programs: August 9-11, 2009
Conference Dates: August 11-16, 2009
2009 Exposition Dates: August 13-14, 2009
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: July 6, 2009
Advance Registration Deadline: July 20, 2009
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General Travel Guides
Texas’ Official Travel Guide
Austin Visitor’s and Convention Bureau
Getting Around Austin
Interactive Austin City Map
Getting to and from the Airport
The bus picks up from the lower level just outside baggage pickup and for $.75* (exact change only), it will drop you off just under 2 blocks from the hotel at 6th and Neches.
To get back to the Airport, the return Flyer stop is on E. 5th St. between Neches and Trinity St., directly in front of the O’Henry Museum.
If you are staying elsewhere, try the trip planner to find out if the Airport Flyer will drop you off near your hotel.
A topographical map of the City of Austin, 1872. Texas State Archives Map Collection, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The Archivist about town
- Capital Metro Bus: http://www.capmetro.org
- Visit CapMetro’s website for route and fare information, and use their online trip planner to plot the best route from point A to point B.
- Try the Downtown Dillo (http://www.capmetro.org/riding/downtown_dillos.asp) rubber wheeled green trolley’s, to get around the downtown area. 50 cents will get you a 2 hour pass
- Pedicabs – operate in the downtown area – drivers work for tips only
Austin’s current weather conditions: http://www.statesman.com/weather/content/weather/index.html
Downtown museums – Congress Avenue and vicinity
Congress Avenue at 11th Street
7am-10pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday-Sunday
Completed in 1888, the Texas State Capitol is the largest of all the state capitols, built of sunset red granite in the Renaissance Revival style. Tour the magnificent interior with a guide or on your own, and stroll the beautifully kept grounds featuring historic statuary and monuments.
Capitol Visitors Center
112 E. 11th Street
9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
Located in the castle-like former General Land Office, in August the Capitol Visitors Center is exhibiting “Voices from San Jacinto,” illustrating the experiences of four Mexican and Texan individuals who fought in the last battle of the Texas Revolution. Permanent exhibits feature local writer O. Henry, secrets of the State Capitol, and the history of the Land Office.
AMOA – Downtown
823 Congress Avenue
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
$5 adults, $4 students and seniors, children under 12 free
AMOA displays twentieth-century and contemporary art exhibits in a modern downtown setting. The Museum Store stocks art books, jewelry, and objects.
Arthouse at Jones Center
700 Congress Avenue
11am-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; Thursday 11am-9pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm
Contemporary art exhibits have recently featured the punk music scene in Austin during the 1980s-1990s, and sustainable gardening. In August their exhibit will be New American Talent: the 24th Exhibition, an annual juried exhibition featuring the work of emerging national artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, and new media.
419 Congress Avenue
$5 adults, $4 seniors and students, $1 children under 12
Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. Opening August 14, 2009 is their 14th Annual Young Latino Artists exhibit.
Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado Street
10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
$6.50 adults and children over 2, $4.50 children 12-23 months, children under 12 months free, Wednesday 5pm-8pm by donation, Sunday 4pm-5pm free
Especially created for all children 11 years and under, the Austin Children’s Museum is housed at the Dell Discovery Center. Kids’ learning in hands-on exhibits is reinforced in Discovery Time, with science experiments, demonstrations, and creation activities led by museum staff. Storytimes are also held.
Nearest the Hilton Hotel
O. Henry Museum
409 E. 5th Street
William Sidney Porter, who took the pen name O. Henry, lived in this 1886 Queen Anne-style cottage from 1893 to 1895. The Brush Square Park home, just one block from the Hilton Hotel, has been restored and contains artifacts and memorabilia from Porter’s life in Austin. The O. Henry Museum is a National Register Property and a National Literary Landmark of the City of Austin.
Susanna Dickinson Museum
409 E. 5th Street
(not open yet; next to the O. Henry Museum)
Susanna Dickinson, a native of Tennessee who lived 1814-1883, was a survivor of the Alamo, along with her infant daughter. Her first husband was among those who died in the battle. In the 1860s she moved to Austin with her last husband, cabinetmaker Joseph Hannig, and for a time lived in this house a few blocks from Hannig’s businesses on Pecan Street (now 6th Street).
Austin Fire Museum
401 E. 5th Street
Open house on the weekend near San Jacinto Day (April 21), and on Austin Museum Day in September; tours may be possible at other times, must arrange in advance. Contact Jerry Cohen, Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documenting the firefighting history of Austin from its earliest days, when Hook and Ladder Fire Company Number 1 was organized in 1857, the museum contains photographs, artifacts, and ephemera, many of which are featured in its online galleries. The museum is housed in the Central Fire Station, a 1938 Art Deco building on the National Register of Historic Places.
Museum of the Weird
412 E. 6th Street
11am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-12am Friday, 10am-12am Saturday, 12pm-10pm Sunday
$3 adults, $1 children under 12
Supernatural and unexplained phenomena reign in this museum that fits the spirit and late-night state of mind of Austin’s 6th Street entertainment district.
German-Texas Heritage Society
507 E. 10th Street
Building tours 1pm-4pm Thursday or by appointment; Library 1-4pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
The German-Texas Heritage Society is housed in an 1857 historic rammed earth building constructed by German settlers as a cultural education institution, the first chartered school in Austin. A used book sale is held during tour hours.
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
10am-6pm Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday, 12pm-5pm Saturday
The Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. The striking white angular building complex sits adjacent to the Hike and Bike Trail by Lady Bird Lake and features regular exhibits in a large, light-filled display area.
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street
1pm-5pm (last tour begins at 4pm) Tuesday-Sunday
$5 adults, $3 seniors/AAA members/groups with advance booking, $2 teachers and students with ID, 5 and under free
Built in 1841, the charming French Legation is the oldest structure in Austin, originally built to be the residence of the chargé d’affaires representing the French government in the Republic of Texas. Guided tours include the original manor house, the reconstructed French kitchen, the replica carriage house, and the landscaped grounds.
Texas Music Museum
1009 E. 11th Street
The Texas Music Museum collects and preserves artifacts, documents, and reference material surrounding the diverse traditions of Texas music, and utilizes these collections in the presentation of exhibits, educational programs, and performances. The museum encompasses country, Tejano and Conjunto, blues, and other folk music traditions from the diverse immigrant cultures of Texas.
Texas State Cemetery
8am-5pm Monday-Friday, 8am-1pm Saturday
Located on 18 beautifully maintained acres in East Austin, the State Cemetery is the final resting place of Texas governors, senators, legislators, congressmen, judges and other legendary Texans. Notables such as Stephen F. Austin, "Bigfoot" Wallace, John Connally, Barbara Jordan, and Bob Bullock, along with hundreds of Confederate veterans, lend their personal stories that together make up Texas’ history.
George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina Street
9:30am-6pm Monday and Friday, 9:30am-8pm Tuesday-Thursday, 1pm-5pm Saturday Free
The Carver Museum has the distinction of being the first African-American neighborhood museum in the state of Texas. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts documenting the history of African-Americans from Austin, Central Texas and beyond. Galleries feature a core exhibit on Juneteenth, a permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families, an Artists Gallery, and a children’s exhibit on African-American scientists and inventors. Next to the current museum is its former home, the 1926 structure that housed Austin’s first public library.
Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum
1195 Comal Street
12pm-4pm Tuesdays and Saturdays
Free, donations appreciated
The Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum collections include bibles, books, church history, sheet music, newspaper articles, portraits, and religious iconography that represent the history of African American churches in the Austin area. The museum is named for Jacob Fontaine, a slave preacher who founded several churches in Travis County, published the first black newspaper in the South, and operated various other enterprises.
Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata
1808 Singleton Avenue
1pm-4pm Saturdays (not always open, check website or call first)
ten cents to $4 suggested donation
Uniquely curated collections of scientific and philosophical curiosities, nearly guaranteed to appeal to those of an archival mind. If tours aren’t available this August, take time to explore the online exhibits, some with audiotours.
Creative Research Laboratory
2832 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Creative Research Laboratory is a site for contemporary art and design, providing a year-round schedule of exhibitions and community programming by students and faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.
UT Campus area
Women & Their Work
9am-6pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 12pm-5pm
Several times voted the Best Art Gallery in recent years by the Austin Chronicle, Women & Their Work is a contemporary art gallery featuring female artists. The gift shop is open during museum hours.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday
Exhibits: $7 adults, $6 seniors (65+) and students with ID, $4 youth, 4 and under free
Three floors of interactive exhibits, Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, and the Texas Spirit Theater with multimedia special effects fill this grand building with an iconic Texas Lone Star metal sculpture standing sentinel at the entrance. The special exhibit this August is Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island.
Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel
$5 per person, children 15 and under free
The Neill-Cochran House is considered to be one of Austin’s three most important historic residences. Built in 1855 as a suburban estate, this impressive Greek Revival house has survived war, neglect, and the immense growth of the University of Texas area and the capital city. Period rooms include Colonial, Empire, Rococo Revival, and Victorian. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Texas bought the house in 1958 and have restored and preserved the building and grounds.
Hyde Park area – immediately north of UT campus
Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th Street
10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
The Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney, who with her husband played an active role in the establishment of Texas state universities and the Texas Fine Arts Association. Portraits and sculptures of major European and Texas figures fill this house and studio, a National Historic Landmark and a National Trust Associate Site.
South Austin – south of Lady Bird Lake
Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Road
9am-9:30pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5:30pm Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday
The Butridge Gallery nurtures and supports excellence in the visual arts and provides opportunities for every individual to experience the arts. On exhibit in August is the Austin Palette Club Show, a group exhibit featuring various works in diverse styles and mediums.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Road
10am-4:30pm Wednesday-Friday, 1pm-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday
Adults $3.50, Seniors $2.50, Students $1, children under 6 free
Near Zilker Park, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum features over 130 works by 20th century, internationally known sculptor Charles Umlauf and others, several of whom were Umlauf’s students at the University of Texas. The exhibit spaces are both indoor and outdoor in the xeriscape garden.
Austin Nature & Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive
9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
$2 suggested donation
Located in beautiful Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. You can meet a coyote and a red-tailed hawk, follow the path of Texas fossil hunters, and uncover evidence of pre-historic life in the Dino Pit.
Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center (at Austin Nature & Science Center)
2201 Barton Springs Road
10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
The Center’s “Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer” exhibit lets you explore the geology, hydrology, and ecology of the water source for Barton Springs, the fourth largest natural springs in Texas, which provides one of Austin’s favorite summer cool-down spots, Barton Springs Pool.
1317 S. Congress Avenue
9am-5pm Monday-Friday, Saturday, 1pm-5pm
Texas Folklife preserves and presents the diverse cultures and living heritage of Texas. This August, a two-part exhibit starts at Austin City Hall (on Cesar Chavez Street between Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets, at the north end of the South 1st Street Bridge), where part one of Ranch Gates of the Southwest: Manifestations of Individualism is being shown. Part two of the exhibit is housed at Texas Folklife. Ranch Gates features the photographic work of UT design professor Daniel Olson and designer Henk Van Assen, and is based on their 2009 book of the same title.
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
1516-B S. Lamar Boulevard
Free, donations accepted
If you’re interested in rock, country, and folk music of the 1960s through today and the poster art that accompanies it, you must visit the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. The museum also serves as the keeper of the spirit of the Armadillo World Headquarters http://www.armadilloworldheadquarters.com/, an Austin cowboy/hippie/punk/(and more) concert hall that was open from 1970 to 1980.
Cathedral of Junk
4422 Lareina Drive
9am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday (call to verify)
Free, donations accepted
Begun in 1988, the Cathedral of Junk has steadily grown in Vince Hannemann’s back yard, a monumental assembly of objects that just happen to have been discarded.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Grounds hours: 9am-5:30pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5:30pm Sunday
$7 adults, $6 students (13+) and seniors (60+), $3 children 5-12, children 0- 4 free
Founded by the former First Lady and the actress Helen Hayes, the Wildflower Center is a 279-acre native plant botanical garden with trails, an observation tower, visitor gallery, gift store, and café. Just across the street is the city’s Veloway http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/bicycle/veloway_info.htm, a 3.1 mile paved, looped track open to the public for bicycle and rollerblade traffic only. The track is approximately 23 ft. wide and winds through a typical Central Texas Hill Country setting.
Republic of Texas Museum
510 E. Anderson Lane
$5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children
Featuring artifacts from the Republic of Texas era, 1836-1845, the museum has hands-on exhibits designed for children, as well as regular and special exhibits.
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10612 Pioneer Farms Drive
10am-2pm Fridays, 1pm-5pm Sundays
$8 adults, $6 children 2-12
The Pioneer Farms are an outdoor living history museum presenting historically correct aspects of rural life in 1800s Central Texas. Costumed interpreters demonstrate daily life on the rural prairie with farm animals and crops, buildings, implements, and furnishings.
Texas Military Forces Museum
Camp Mabry, Building 6
2200 W. 35th St.
The Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the state’s military forces from the formation of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony in 1823 through the present. The museum displays dozens of military vehicles as well as uniforms, weapons, equipment, and photographs. Special exhibits include the Texas Air National Guard, Armor Row, the Lost Battalion, POW’s and the 36th Infantry Division in World War I and II.
AMOA – Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St.
Grounds hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Driscoll Villa hours: 12pm-4pm Tuesday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday
$3 suggested donation
Overlooking Lake Austin, the museum is housed in a restored 1916 Italianate-style villa, formerly the home of philanthropist Clara Driscoll. On exhibit this August is Laguna Gloria Grounded, showcasing ten local artists whose works celebrate Laguna Gloria’s lush 12 acres of grounds. Immediately adjacent to the grounds is Mayfield Park, with cottage gardens, palm trees, lily ponds, peacocks, and 21 additional acres of nature preserve and walking trails.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
805 N. Capitol of Texas Highway
Trail hours: sunrise to sunset
Environmental Education Center hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday
$3 adult, $2 seniors (65+) and children 5-16, children under 5 free
Nestled in the hills on the west Austin, about 10 miles from downtown, this 227-acre preserve features woodland, grassland, and creekside habitats of the Texas Hill Country, with over three miles of hiking trails.
Outside of Austin
24814 Hamilton Pool Road
Round Mountain TX
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday-Sunday public tours; weekday group tours by reservation
$5 adult, $2 children under 12, $15 family
Westcave is a 30-acre nature preserve about 40 miles from downtown Austin featuring a grotto with cypress trees, orchids, and a waterfall cascading 40 feet into a beautiful pool. Westcave’s Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center includes exhibits, interactive features and classroom space.
UT Sights and Sounds
Architecture and Planning Library
Monday – Thursday 10am -7pm; Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 1pm – 5pm; Sunday 3pm – 7 pm
Designed in 1911 by the New York architect Cass Gilbert, Battle Hall is the only academic building on campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Containing over 87,000 volumes and 240 current periodical subscriptions, the library’s collection supports the curriculum of the School of Architecture and that of its Community and Regional Planning Program.
Students frolicking in front of B-Hall (dorm partially obscured by buildings in foreground), UT Austin. Prints and Photographs Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Benson Latin American Collection
Monday – Thursday 10am -7pm; Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 1pm – 5pm; Sunday 3pm – 7 pm
A specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. Contains 970,000 books, periodicals, pamphlets, and microforms; 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts; 19,000 maps; 11,500 broadsides; and 93,500 photographs.
Monday – Friday 9am -5pm
The Classics Library prides itself in having one of the best collections in its subject area in the world. It has a strong collection focusing on classical philology, Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman history and classical civilization (including art, archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics).
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Monday – Friday 10am -5pm
The Center for American history’s archival, artifact, and library collections contain historical treasures documenting key themes in Texas and U.S. history, including the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection, the George Littlefield Southern History Collection, and the Congressional History Collection.
Harry Ransom Center
Galleries: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm
Reading Room: Monday-Friday 9am-5-pm; Saturday 9am-12pm
The Center’s collections contain 36 million leaves of manuscripts, one million rare books, 5 million photographs, and 100,000 works of art, in addition to major holdings in theater arts and film. Check the calendar for special events as well.
Blanton Museum of Art
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm
The new Blanton is home to an inspiring collection of over 17,000 works of art, recognized for its European Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library houses forty five million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and also from those of close associates.
Texas Natural Science Center
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm
Its world-renowned research has produced a collection of 5.7 million specimens in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology. Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found – the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet – and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.
Landmarks Public Art Program
Public art located outdoors is available for viewing at all times. Works located indoors may be viewed during each facility’s regular hours of operation.
Landmarks is the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. For the first time in its history, the university has adopted a comprehensive public art policy with ongoing support for the acquisition of public art. The first phase is the long-term loan of twenty-eight sculptures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These mid- to late-twentieth-century sculptures are located throughout the main campus and provide a foundation upon which the university has begun to build its own collection.
Performing Arts Center
Events and times vary.
The University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center has evolved into one of the leading university arts presenters in the country. Comprised of six state-of-the-art theatres, the Performing Arts Center presents, produces and commissions stellar global culture experiences otherwise unavailable locally to the Central Texas community.
Butler School of Music
The School of Music often hosts free events and special concert series.
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance often hosts free events and special performances.
College of Fine Arts
The College of Fine Arts often hosts free events and special performances.
Department of Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History often hosts free events and special exhibitions.
Events and times vary.
The Cactus Cafe is one of Austin’s great acoustic music traditions. The Cactus is an intimate live music performance venue, and since the Cafe opened in February 1979, the Cactus has acquired a national reputation, showcasing the top local, regional, national and international acoustic music acts on the circuit today
UT Tower Tours
Gain a new perspective of the University of Texas and surrounding community while visiting UT’s landmark Tower. Reopened after nearly 25 years, the Tower observation deck offers grand vistas of the campus and Austin.
Monday-Saturday 10am-3am; Sunday 12pm-3am
The Underground offers a variety of leisure options for the University community including billiards and bowling, 3 air hockey tables, one foosball table, chess and cards available for patrons. There are two 52" big screen TVs and two 34" TVs for a variety of viewing options. Glow Bowl (black lights, lasers, music) is available at special times Thursday through Sunday.
Creative Research Laboratory
The Creative Research Laboratory is a site for contemporary art and design, providing a year-round schedule of exhibitions and community programming by students and faculty in the Department of Art and Art History.
School of Architecture
The School of Architecture often hosts special exhibits.
On Campus Events Calendar
Check the On Campus Calendar for events going on across campus.
National Register Historic Districts in Austin
Congress Avenue Historic District
Congress Avenue from 1st to 11th Streets
38.3 acres, 89 buildings
All ten blocks of Congress Avenue, from the State Capitol at 11th Street down to Cesar Chavez Street (1st Street) at the north shore of Lady Bird Lake, are filled with buildings old and new that speak of Austin’s history, and especially its business, political, and social life. Included in the wide variety of architecture are dozens of commercial buildings in Late Victorian and various Revival styles. Particularly iconic are the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion (which suffered a fire during renovation in 2008 and awaits full restoration), St. Mary’s Cathedral, Lundberg Bakery, Paramount Theater, and the Littlefield and Scarborough Buildings, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Austin’s Visitor Information Center conducts a guided 90-minute walking tour of this district along with the Sixth Street (Pecan Street) Historic District. The tour meets at the south entrance of the State Capitol at 9am Thursday-Saturday and 2pm Sunday and requires a 48-hour advance reservation at 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-478-0098. The walking tour brochure with detailed information and photographs is available at http://www.austintexas.org/visitors/plan_your_trip/historic_walking_tours/.
Bremond Block Historic District
Between Guadalupe, San Antonio, 7th and 8th Streets
5 acres, 11 buildings
The Bremond Block is named for the prominent family that built six of the ornate and well-maintained 19th century houses in this district, in Greek Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Queen Anne styles. On the west side of the block, on San Antonio street, four additional houses from the same era face the Bremond Block, and another residence faces the block from the south, on 7th Street. Austin’s Visitor Information Center has produced a walking tour booklet for the district with detailed information on the history of these structures and the people who built and lived in them. The tour extends north of the block to include important buildings from the Austin History Center to the Texas Governor’s Mansion and is a delightful way to explore the west side of downtown. A 90-minute guided tour meets at the south entrance of the State Capitol at 11am Saturday and Sunday and requires a 48-hour advance reservation at 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-478-0098.
Sixth Street Historic District
5th to 7th Streets, Lavaca Street to I-35
28 acres, 135 buildings
Sixth Street was originally called Pecan Street, a name still often used to evoke the historical facet of this entertainment-oriented area. From the glory of the Driskill Hotel, to commercial buildings both grand and plain, to beautiful St. David’s Church, and all the modern public eating and drinking establishments in between, Sixth Street remains a vibrant center for business and pleasure. Austin’s Visitor Information Center conducts a guided 90-minute walking tour of this district along with the Congress Avenue Historic District. The tour meets at the south entrance of the State Capitol at 9am Thursday-Saturday and 2pm Sunday and requires a 48-hour advance reservation at 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-478-0098. The walking tour brochure with detailed information and photographs is available at http://www.austintexas.org/visitors/plan_your_trip/historic_walking_tours/.
Rainey Street Historic District
70 to 97 Rainey Street
12 acres, 21 buildings
Half a mile south of the Hilton Hotel is the small Rainey Street neighborhood containing 21 historic houses built between 1885 and 1937 in vernacular Victorian, Pyramidal, and Bungalow/Craftsman styles. Platted as the Driskill & Rainey Subdivision in the mid-1880s, the neighborhood is close to the shore of Lady Bird Lake and lies one block west of Interstate 35, formerly the much more sedate East Avenue. Like other nearby historic neighborhoods to the south and east, the Rainey Street area was originally populated by local business and trades people of modest income. Its proximity to downtown has made property values and taxes soar and may make redevelopment of the area inevitable.
Oakwood Cemetery and Annex
16th and Navasota Streets
40 acres, 1 building, 2 structures
1601 Comal (annex)
18 acres, 1 building, 3 structures, 1900-1974
Oakwood is Austin’s oldest cemetery, provided for at the city’s founding in 1839 and used since at least the mid-1850s. An annex was opened to the east of the grounds in 1917. Over 23,000 people are interred here, among whom are several 19th and early 20th century Texas governors and other politicians, military officers and soldiers, and other Austin citizens, prominent and obscure. Sections of the cemetery were reserved for African American, Latino, and Jewish burials, as well as paupers. The grave markers and statuary, and trees and grounds, though showing less than ideal care and maintenance, provide a beautiful setting for a stroll. Oakwood is a little over a mile to the northeast of the Hilton Hotel. Austin’s Visitor Information Center has produced a walking tour booklet for the district with detailed information on the history of the cemetery.
Swedish Hill Historic District
900 to 1000 blocks of E. 14th Street and 900 block of E. 15th Street
4 acres, 10 buildings
One mile northeast of the Hilton Hotel, Swedish Hill (Svenska Kullen) consists of ten houses constructed between about 1880 and 1938 in the vernacular architectural styles popular during that period, including Late Victorian, Bungalow, Cumberland, Pyramidal, and Eastlake/Craftsman. Established as a Swedish community of downtown business and trades people beginning in the 1870s, Swede Hill, as it was also called, once occupied a much larger area between Waller and Red River Streets, and 15th to 19th Streets. The first Swedish Methodist church in Texas was built at 15th and Red River Streets. Swedish Methodists founded Texas Wesleyan College at 26th and Red River Streets. As with the Clarksville and Willow-Spence Street Districts, construction of a major highway, in this case Interstate 35, cutting through the middle of the neighborhood removed many homes and divided what had been a cohesive community.
Willow-Spence Streets Historic District
Portions of Willow, Spence, Canterbury, San Marcos, and Waller Streets
18 acres, 38 buildings
One half mile to the southeast of the Hilton Hotel is this historic neighborhood of early-20th century homes and a few churches and commercial buildings. The houses are in Late Victorian and Bungalow/Craftsman styles, and one church, El Buen Pastor, is Mission Revival. Pecan and oak trees provide shade and beauty to the yards and streets. Originally inhabited by European working-class immigrants, by the 1930s a significant Mexican American population was established in this district. Once East Avenue had been transformed into Interstate 35, the area experienced the civic neglect typically shown to East Austin. Appreciation for the historic homes and inclusion in the area neighborhood plan is helping to keep the district’s unique character intact.
UT area and North of UT
Little Campus / Asylum for the Blind
18th to 19th Streets, Oldham to Red River Streets
7 acres, 6 buildings
At the eastern edge of the campus of the University of Texas at Austin is Little Campus, a group of Italianate brick and limestone buildings now owned by the university. The Arno Nowotny Building was originally the Austin Asylum for the Blind, designed by noted local architect Abner H. Cook and built about 1856. It also served briefly as headquarters for General George Armstrong Custer after the Civil War. Standing just to the west is John W. Hargis Hall with its eye-catching clock tower. Little Campus has been renamed the Heman Sweatt Campus, to honor the African American civil rights activist who fought for and won the right to attend the UT School of Law in 1950.
Hyde Park Historic District
Avenue A to Duval Street, 40th to 45th Streets
138.5 acres, 277 buildings, 3 structures
Austin’s booming growth near the turn of the 20th century required that additional neighborhoods be built. This 32-block section of land north of the University of Texas campus was promoted and developed by Monroe Shipe beginning in 1891, and named after London’s Hyde Park. Though at first planned as a suburb for the affluent, it soon welcomed middle and working class residents. Electric streetcars linked the neighborhood with downtown and the rest of the city. The eclectic architectural styles include the predominant Bungalow, but Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, and other vernacular styles are also present. The home and studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney is in this district (see Museum listings.) One of the city’s Moonlight Towers is at 41st Street and Speedway. Austin’s Visitor Information Center walking tour booklet for the district is unfortunately no longer available.
Shadow Lawn Historic District
Avenue G to Duval Street, 38th to 39th Streets
8 acres, 24 buildings, 1 object
Shadow Lawn is a subdivision of Hyde Park platted in 1922 by Monroe Shipe, Hyde Park’s planner and promoter, immediately east of his own house at 3816 Avenue G. Concrete markers are at the entrance at Avenue G and H at E. 39th Street. Shadow Lawn is included in the walking tour booklet for Hyde Park Historic District.
Perry Estate – St. Mary’s Academy Historic District
701 E. 41st Street
9.9 acres, 7 buildings, 5 structures
Near the southeast corner of the Hyde Park Historic District is a piece of land bisected by Waller Creek, where the Perry Mansion and buildings once belonging to St. Mary’s Academy are located. The Perry Mansion is an Italian Renaissance style house completed in 1928 and still in excellent condition. The mansion now houses the Sri Atmananda Memorial School, a K-12 private school based on ancient Indian tradition. Edgar Howard Perry was a prominent Austin businessman and philanthropist involved in the development of downtown and the city’s suburbs. Among other projects, he constructed the Commodore Perry Hotel and the Perry-Brooks Building, both at the intersection of 8th and Brazos. St. Mary’s Academy was the first parochial school in Austin and considered the most preeminent one in Central Texas, in operation from 1885 to 1968. When it relocated to the Perry Estate in 1947, several additional structures were constructed, including a convent, chapel, and classroom buildings. Original Perry Estate buildings include a garage apartment, lodge, greenhouse, and bowling alley. The estate grounds had formal gardens, fountains, and perimeter walls that still remain.
Old West Austin Historic District
W. 13th to 35th Streets, Lamar Boulevard to MoPac Expressway
646 acres, 1589 buildings, 4 structures, 1 object
Covering approximately 106 blocks, Old West Austin consists of the suburbs of Enfield, Pemberton Heights, and Bryker Woods. A large portion of the land was originally the Woodlawn plantation, owned by 1850s Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease and the site of the Greek Revival Woodlawn Mansion (6 Niles Road), on the National Register of Historic Places. In the early to mid-20th century, suburban development grew from the southern border of the area northward, joining a few 19th century residences already established. Pease Park forms the eastern boundary, donated to the city by the Pease family. The area is an example of the City Beautiful Movement, with planned parks and careful arrangement of zoned areas and roadways. A mix of architectural styles include a predominance of Tudor and Colonial Revival along with Classical Revival, Spanish influences, Craftsman, Prairie School, and Moderne and International styles. Austin’s Visitor Information Center has produced a walking and driving tour booklet for the district with detailed information on the history of these structures and the people who built and lived in them.
Clarksville Historic District
West Lynn, Waterston, W. 10th Street, MoPac Expressway
30.5 acres, 96 buildings
Two miles west of downtown Austin is Clarksville, begun in the 1870s as a freedmen’s community on land that previously housed slaves of Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease. Its religious center was Sweet Home Baptist Church, with Rev. Jacob Fontaine serving as the first minister (see the Museum listings for the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum in East Austin.) The Haskell House also still stands and has been restored. Businesses and a one-room school served the community. By 1918 Austin began to pressure the African American community to move to East Austin, designated by the city for its black population, in order to open the Clarksville area to white residential and commercial development as downtown grew toward it. Clarksville residents resisted, and it was not until the 1970s with the construction of MoPac Expressway, which cut through the community, that some were forced to relocate or chose to leave in large numbers. The Clarksville Community Development Corporation works to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood with its Bungalow/Craftsman and Late Victorian houses, and to help lower-income families continue to live there. A Clarksville walking tour brochure may be available this summer.
Deep Eddy Pool (Bathing Beach)
301 Quarry Street
9 acres, 1 building, 1 structure
Deep Eddy Pool is reputedly the oldest man-made, open-air swimming pool in Texas, opened in 1916 and now operated by the City of Austin. The pool began in 1902 as a swimming hole in the Colorado River called Deep Eddy Bathing Beach and became a resort in the 1920s, featuring cabins, camping, concessions, a playground, outdoor movies, and water acts including Lorena and her Diving Horse. Ruined after a flood, the bathhouse was rebuilt during the Depression by the Works Progress Administration. The bathhouse is now closed to the public, but a restoration project is planned. The pool is fed with clear, cold water (68 to 72°F) from a hand-dug 35-foot well. Deep Eddy (its official though seldom used name is Eilers Park) is open to the public for recreational swimming 10am-9pm every day in August, adults $3, children $1.
Camp Mabry Historic District
2210 W. 35th St.
220 acres, 30 buildings, 12 structures
Camp Mabry, about four miles northwest of downtown Austin, was established in 1892 as a summer encampment of the Texas Volunteer Guard and named for Texas Adjutant General Woodford H. Mabry. It is the third oldest active military installation in the state and home of the 36th Infantry Division. The entire camp, of which the historic district is a part, covers over 375 acres and also houses the Texas National Guard Academy, the Texas Air National Guard headquarters, the Texas State Guard, and the Headquarters Armory of the Forty-ninth Armored Division. Training grounds for the Texas Department of Public Safety (originally the State Highway Patrol) and the Texas Rangers were at the camp until 1953. In an historic building at the camp is the Texas Military Forces Museum (see Museum listings), which explores the history of the state’s military forces from the formation of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony in 1823 through the present. The museum displays dozens of military vehicles as well as uniforms, weapons, equipment, and photographs. Special exhibits include the Texas Air National Guard, Armor Row, the Lost Battalion, POW’s and the 36th Infantry Division in World War I and II.
3809 W. 35th Street
18 acres, 2 buildings, 3 structures, 6 objects
Overlooking Lake Austin, Laguna Gloria is a restored 1916 Italianate-style villa, formerly the home of philanthropist and businesswoman Clara Driscoll (1881-1945), who among other endeavors bought the property on which the Alamo is sited in San Antonio in 1904, on behalf of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, to save it from redevelopment. In 1943 Driscoll gave Laguna Gloria and its property to the Texas Fine Arts Association to be used as an art museum. The Austin Museum of Art had its first home here and still operates the villa as a museum with exhibit spaces (see Museum listings.) Immediately adjacent to the villa’s beautifully gardened 12 acres of grounds is Mayfield Park, with cottage gardens, palm trees, lily ponds, peacocks, and 21 additional acres of nature preserve and walking trails. Mount Bonnell towers overhead at 775 feet and has a popular picnic and overlook area at the top of its 99 steps.
Zilker Park Historic District
2100 Barton Springs Road
350 acres, 7 buildings, 6 structures, 4 objects
Zilker Park is a 351-acre greenspace on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake featuring botanical gardens (http://www.zilkergarden.org/, free to the public), a nature and science center (see Museum listings), a miniature train, and Barton Springs Pool. The park is named for Andrew Jackson Zilker, who earned his fortune in the ice business and gave the property for the park to the city. At a fairly constant 68°F and fed from the fourth-largest natural springs in the state, Barton Springs Pool is popular in summer but swimmers use the three-acre pool year-round. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 12-17, and $1 for children 11 and under and seniors. There is a $3 parking fee at Zilker Park from March to September.
Barton Springs Archeological and Historical District
2100 Barton Springs Road
15 acres, 1 building, 1 structure
The district is located in Zilker Park on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake west of Lamar Boulevard. Read about the archeology project at Barton Springs to uncover Texas pre-history at http://archeologyatzilker.com/. The archeological site has buried items representing the Late Paleo-Indian through Historic periods, 8999 BC to 949. The website includes an overview of the project’s background, a photo gallery, and public participation opportunities. The project’s public information booth is open every day from 9am-5pm, with staff to answer questions. If you’re interested in a short tour or in screening dirt from the site to search for artifacts, email for a time slot at email@example.com.
Parks, playgrounds and greenspace downtown
Located next to the Long Center, this park has plenty of space to run around, and a great fountain to keep the kids wet, cool, and happy!
Austin Clubs and Live Music Venue
OK, so you’ve had a long day sitting in conference sessions and you’re ready to just kick back with your cronies and sip, or gulp, a relaxing drink, while listening to your preferred type of music. Oh, but darn, it’s 95 degrees outside and you can’t stand the thought of walking blocks and blocks in that kind of heat to find a bar, pub, or club. Well, don’t sweat it, you’re in luck. As you see from the article written by Michael Barnes, entertainment critic and writer for the Austin-American Statesman provided in the link below, there are over 250 “watering holes” in Austin and over a hundred of those are within a few blocks of the convention hotel, and the same is probably true if you’re staying in an alternate hotel within a few blocks of the convention center.
For example, the convention site Austin Hilton is located between Fourth and Fifth Streets. If you exit the hotel on the Fifth Street side and head one block north, you’ll find yourself on Sixth Street. From that point if you head east there are about 20 bars, club, or pubs. If you head due west, for about four blocks until you hit Congress Avenue there are at least two-dozen. Crossing Congress, you enter what’s known as West Sixth Street and continuing westward over the course of a ten-block area there’s another two-dozen or so bars and clubs. In other words, you can have a beverage of your choice, walk a little more until you get hot again and chances are there will be another air-conditioned watering hole where you can go in and get something else to chill you down.
Not enough choices on Sixth Street? Then head over to the so-called Warehouse District. Where Sixth Street tends to attract the university students, the renovated Warehouse District is more upscale and trendy and tends to attract a slightly older and somewhat more sophisticated crowd. Here’s where you’ll find your tapas-style hot spots and sushi bars—as well another couple dozen bars and clubs.
And in both areas you’ll find a veritable smorgasbord of live music in a variety of venues ranging from small hole-in-the-wall pubs to large two-story high-powered dance clubs. As noted in one of the Austin Convention Bureau’s promotional literature pieces, “In Austin it doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of music you like. If you appreciate good music, you’ll find it in abundance.” Austin has earned the title of “Live Music Capital of the World,” and rightly so since on any given night you can find live music in nearly 200 different venues. Suggestions? Here’s a few:
213 W. Fifth St.
209 W. Fifth St.
1315 S. Congress Ave.
603 Red River St.
412D Congress Ave.
222 E. 6th St.
Hole in the Wall
323 E. 6th St.
712 Red River
720 Red River St.
606 E. 7th St.
Mother Egan’s Irish Pub
715 6th St.
La Zona Rosa
612 W. Fourth St.
311 E. 6th St.
Tiniest Bar in Texas
817 W. 5th St.
801 Red River St.
1308 E. 4th St.
B. D. Riley’s Pub
204 E. Sixth St.
Are we suggesting you walk to these places in Austin’s summer heat? Not if you don’t want to. Cabs are plentiful on Sixth Street and the Warehouse District but in the spirit of “being green” you might try a “pedi-cab”. There are several “companies” operating these people-driven cabs, such as Capital Pedicab: www.capitalpedicab.com/?page_id=10; or Metrocycle Pedicabs: www.metrocyclecab.com/, or, Roadkill Pedicab: www.roadkillpedicab.com/.
The goal of this year’s Host Committee is to help make your visit to Austin memorable. We guarantee you that if you’ll forget about the heat and head on out of that nice cool hotel, you’ll find lots of good food, good music, and good people that will leave you with fond memories for a long time to come.
Dining Guide for the downtown Austin Hilton and vicinity
The Austin Hilton downtown, the Convention Hotel for SAA, is located at 500 E. 4th Street in downtown Austin. This dining guide lists eating establishments within 5-7 blocks in all directions. In August, it will be hot, but survivable to walk 10-15 minutes to get to a meal. Also included are two fast food markets near the Hilton as well as a movie house downtown that serves food and drink with your show, the Alamo Drafthouse.
A great resource that lists just about all the restaurants downtown is Urbanspoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/11/1004/Austin/Downtown-Austin-restaurants. You can put in a hotel address to get listings closest to your hotel or view places by food categories. iPhone users can download the free Urbanspoon application at the Apple Apps Store.
Bobalo Cigar and Coffee
509 E. 6th St. (http://www.bobalucigarco.com/)
Java Jive (café attached to the Hilton, serves breakfast and lunch) (http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/AUSCVHH-Hilton-Austin-Texas/dining.do#4)
Seattle’s Best Coffee
410 E. Congress
300 E. 4th Street
600 Congress Avenue
Taco Shack (typical breakfast tacos – you can’t come to Austin without trying a breakfast taco!)
402 Brazos - http://www.tacoshack.com/
Texas Picnic Company (has breakfast sandwiches)
605 Sabine St. (http://www.texaspicniccompany.com/)
Bakerman’s Bakery (serves sandwiches and soups at lunch)
120 E. 7th St. (http://www.bakermansbakery.com/)
Casino El Camino
517 E. 6th St. (http://www.casinoelcamino.net/)
Champion’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
300 E. 4th Street (http://www.championsaustin.com/)
404 E. 6th St. (http://www.jackalopeaustin.com/index.html)
Jakarta Jack’s Café (coffee and diner)
501 E. 6th St.
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
303 Red River St. (http://www.moonshinegrill.com/)
Old Pecan Street Café
301 E. 6th St. (http://www.oldpecanstcafe.com/)
401 E. 6th St. (http://www.paradiseonsixth.com/)
Stella’s Off 6th
600 E. 6th St.
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
315 Congress Ave., Suite 200 (http://www.kyotodowntown.com/)
621 E 7th St. (http://www.koriente.com)
215 E. 6th (http://gomekongriver.com/mekong/index.php)
117 San Jacinto Blvd. (http://www.mongoliangrille.com/)
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
201 San Jacinto Blvd. (http://www.pfchangs.com/)
620 Congress Ave (http://www.thaipassion.com/)
120 E. 4th St. (http://www.wefuse.net/index.html)
Wiki Wiki Teriyaki
609 Congress Ave. (http://www.wikiwikiteriyaki.com/)
100 East Red River St. (http://www.ironworksbbq.com/)
(Iron Works is as close to central Texas small town bbq you will find in downtown – to get the best barbeque, you need to take a road trip outside of Austin (here’s a link for the top joints - http://www.texasmonthly.com/magazine/bbq)
Stubbs (this is also a great outdoor music venue)
801 Red River St. (http://www.stubbsaustin.com/)
Burgers (many of the American restaurants and the pubs also serve burgers)
Mike’s Pub (great cheap burgers, hot off the grill)
108 east 7th St. (http://www.mikes-pub.com/) (only open for lunch and happy hour – closes at 7)
700 E. 6th St. (http://the-boiling-pot.com/)
Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen
214 E. 6th St. (http://www.rouxaustin.com/)
709 E. 6th St. (http://www.habana.com/index.html)
120 E. 7th St. (http://www.bakermansbakery.com/)
Java Jive (café attached to the Hilton (http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/AUSCVHH-Hilton-Austin-Texas/dining.do#4
Jim-Jim Water Ice
615 E. 6th St. (http://www.jimjims.com/)
The Melting Pot
305 E. Third St. (http://www.meltingpot.com/)
510 Neches St. (http://cheznousaustin.com/menu.php)
1886 Driskill Hotel and Café
116 E. 6th St. (http://www.driskillhotel.com/austin-restaurants.php)
Café at the Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd. (http://www.fourseasons.com/austin/dining.html)
Liberty Tavern (Hilton)
500 E. 4th St.
Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant (excellent food and across the street from the Hilton)
504 E. 5th St. (http://www.carmelosrestaurant.com/)
314 Congress Ave. (http://www.latraviata.net/)
Athenian Grill (and live Greek music on the weekends)
600 Congress (http://www.athenianbargrill.com/)
106 E. 6th St. (http://www.louies106.net/)
709 E. 6th St.
Copa Bar and Grill
217 Congress Ave. (http://www.copabarandgrill.com/flash.html)
El Sol Y La Luna
600 E. 6th St. (http://www.elsolylalunaaustin.com/)
Jaime’s Spanish Village
802 Red River St. (http://www.jaimes-austin.com/)
Manuel’s at Downtown
310 Congress Ave. (http://www.manuels.com/)
O’Shucks Tamales (and Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop)
618 E. 6th St.
511 E. 6th St.
301 San Jacinto (http://www.riograndemexican.com/)
Taco Shack (breakfast and lunch only)
402 Brazos - http://www.tacoshack.com/ (located inside the Frost Bank Bldg.)
Movie and food
320 E. 6th St. (http://www.drafthouse.com/)
98 San Jacinto Blvd. (http://www.shorelinegrill.com/Site/index.htm)
414 E. 6th St.
718 Red River St. (http://www.hobokenpie.com)
La Bella Pizza
402 E. 6th St.
603 Sabine St.
320 E. 6th St.
414 E. 6th St.
Pubs (just those closest to the hotel that also serve food, there are many others nearby)
B.D. Riley’s (a great Irish pub with food and live music)
204 E. 6th St. (http://www.bdrileys.com/)
Maggie Mae’s (http://www.maggiemaesaustin.com/)
323 E. 6th St. (pub with food and live music)
Lovejoy’s (pub with food)
604 Neches St.
515 Congress Avenue (http://www.jimmyjohns.com/)
301 Congress Ave (located inside office building) (http://www.austinmurphysdeli.com/)
600 Congress (located inside office building)
Texas Picnic Company
605 Sabine St. (http://www.texaspicniccompany.com/)
McCormick and Schmidt’s
401 Congress Ave (http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/)
Parkside (seafood and American)
301 E. 6th St.
Seafood and steak
Eddie V.’s Edgewater Grill
301 E. 5th St. (http://www.eddiev.com/)
Finn & Porter
500 E. 4th St. (at the Hilton)
Roy’s (also Hawaiian food)
340 E. 2nd St. (http://www.roysrestaurant.com/)
Iron Cactus Restaurant and Margarita Bar
606 Trinity St. (http://www.ironcactus.com/)
616 Nueces (http://ranch616.ypguides.net/)
710 Congress Ave. (http://www.eddiev.com/)
Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
320 E. 2nd St. (http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/)
Fogo de Chao (Brazilian-style steaks)
309 E. 3rd St. (http://www.fogodechao.com/)
300 Colorado (http://www.sullivansteakhouse.com/)
616 E. 6th St.
616 E. 6th St. (http://www.sushigeisha.com/)
Cork & Company
308 Congress Ave. (http://www.corkandco.com/)
Tierra del Fuego Wine Bar
313 E. 2nd St.
Markets (fast food stores/markets downtown)
Littlefield Market (coffee and fast food)
121 E. 6th St. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/littlefield-market-austin)
Shop 24 (open 24 hours)
213 E. 6th St. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/shop-24-austin)
Nature and Hiking Opportunities in the Austin Area
Within or near Austin City Limits
Less than an Hour from Austin
Less than Two Hours from Austin
A Selected List of Organizations
[Some schedule outings and/or have volunteer opportunities]
Want to make a vacation out of your trip to Austin for the 2009 SAA Annual Meeting or just check out the surrounding area on your way in or out of town? Well here’s a sampling of area food, sights, parks, museums, and shopping to help guide you on your way:
North along I-35:
Between College Station and Austin (by way of Hwy 79)
Lockhart – Barbeque Capital of Texas
Texas Hill Country
800 S. Austin Ave., Suite A
Annarella is a unique gallery in Georgetown dedicated to decorating your life. Elli and Pamela Skross are available to assist you in creating beautiful surroundings for your life. You’ll find original art, fine crafts, quality home furnishings and furniture. Everything has been chosen for its high standard of craftsmanship and outstanding design.
712 South Austin Ave.
Antiques, collectables, books, Twistavants candles, player pianos, refurbished clocks and clock repair available
713 Main Street
The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts is a unique and beautiful collection of items from over 200 artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States. Contemporary works of wood, glass, ceramic, metal, jewelry, and more make this shop a fun stop for everyone in the family. It is an Escape from the ordinary in the heart of downtown Georgetown.
610 S. Main Street
Monday-Friday, closed Sunday
The Framer’s Gallery is the largest fine arts gallery in Williamson County. The gallery features the largest selection of original art and crafts made by local artists. It is also home of the Williamson County Art Guild and the Central Texas Pastel Society Galleries. We offer art classes and a full in-house custom picture frame shop with the largest frame selection, 34 years experience, and complete restoration services for frames and art.
1009 Austin Ave.
Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm
A unique collection of antiques, collectibles and home decor. Located next door to Wonderful Things and Just Kidds & More.
Georgetown Antique Mall
110 W. 8th Street
Georgetown Antique Mall has some of the best antiques and collectables in Central Texas. Their assortment ranges from silver, stained glass, linens, china, furniture, glassware, jewelry, books and lamps. They also do appraisals and offer furniture and lamp repairs.
Rough & Ready Antiques
602 Main Street
Rough & Ready has a varied assortment of old things: Country, Garden, and Shabby Chic, Arts & Crafts, Early Texas, and possibly anything else you might be collecting. The right stuff at the best prices in Texas.
708 S. Austin Ave.
Whimsey Antiques carries the finest antiques at affordable prices. One of their specialty items are unique, handcrafted antique broken china jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted by a local artisan from vintage china then trimmed with a silver alloy that is non-tarnishing. Most pins and broaches have an added loop so they can also be worn as a pendant
810 S. Austin Ave.
Times: Fri, Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:00 p.m.
Senior (55+): $20.00
Student (16+)/Active Duty Military (w/I.D.): $12.00
Children (15 or younger): $8.00
The Palace Theatre in the historic downtown district is home to a year-round season of live theater productions including musicals, comedies, and dramas. This former movie house was renovated and in 2001 opened as a live theater venue.
Second Saturday Market Days
10 am – 3 pm
Join us as the downtown Square comes alive with over 90 booths featuring handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, unique clothing, woodcrafts, ironworks, festive foods, antiques & collectables, stained glass, entertainment and so much more! Combined with the shops and restaurants around the Square, you’ll enjoy a delightful day for the whole family! Market Days are held the second Saturday of each month, in the heart of Downtown Georgetown.
Georgetown Farmer’s Market
Every Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in San Gabriel Park
Every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – Noon in Sun City Village Activity Center
Come to the Georgetown Farmers Market! Our association is dedicated to bringing fresh, locally grown produce to the people of Central Texas. Our market is growing - meaning all the members sell only what they grow. This gives you the opportunity to talk face to face with the farmer and find out how your food is grown. We would love to see you there!
Georgetown Firefighters Museum
816 Main Street
The Georgetown Firefighters Museum offers a display of both modern and vintage firefighting equipment. You’ll find “Betsy,” a prized 1922 Seagraves fire engine in mint condition. Authentic photos, fire apparatus, and historical firefighter memorabilia round out the collection. The station is still used as the city’s main fire station.
The Williamson Museum
716 S. Austin Ave.
Hours: Tues-Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Museum is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization that was established in 1997 to collect and interpret items that promote the unique culture and heritage of Williamson County. The museum provides free educational programming, exhibits and events to the public including the Up the Chisholm Trail cattle drive and chuck wagon cook-off each September. Housed in the recently renovated Farmers State Bank Building (1911), the Museum offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of the past through professional exhibits and innovative hands-on programs.
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1 mi. south of Downtown Georgetown
$8.95 (Children 4-12)
Ages 3 and under: Free
www.myinnerspacecavern.comAmong the wonderful natural features found in the Texas Hill Country are incredible living caves and caverns. Inner Space is a living cave, which means that its formations are continuing to develop and take shape. For over 80,000 years the cavern has been constantly changing, allowing for such spectacular displays as the “Soda Straws” and the breathtakingly beautiful “Ivory Falls” formations.
San Gabriel Park
Meandering right through the very heart of Georgetown is the San Gabriel River. What better place to find one of the most beautiful parks in the State of Texas. San Gabriel Park is graced with 200 year-old oak trees that offer the shade of their branches to family picnics, games of touch football or Frisbee, concerts, festivals, canoeing, swimming and, well, a lazy day of fishing.
Second Street and Rock Street
Blue Hole is a scenic lagoon on the South San Gabriel River. This scenic park lined by limestone bluffs is a good wading spot to cool down a little bit in the summer.
Veteran’s Memorial Plaza
2 Texas Drive
The Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial honors all veterans who have served in our military services. The memorial plaza is lined with 2500 engraved bricks; two walls: the 16-foot Williamson County Memorial Wall and a second, 82-foot limestone Memorial Wall; and nine granite plates engraved with the names of Williamson County residents who had given their lives in either World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Berry Springs Park and Preserve
Main Entrance: 1801 C.R. 152
Williamson County’s Berry Springs Park and Preserve is located on 300-acres along Berry Springs between I.H. 35 and C.R. 152 with the main entrance off of C.R. 152. Berry Springs Park and Preserve is utilized for passive recreational uses including camping, hiking and fishing. The park features a 2.5 mile hike/bike trail that will eventually connect to Georgetown Parks and Recreation trails. For camping and pavilion, plus history at Berry Springs please visit our website!
Dell Diamond Baseball Field
8 August: Round Rock Express vs. Tacoma Rainiers (7:05 p.m.)
9 August: Round Rock Express vs. Portland Beavers (6:05 p.m.)
10-12 August: Round Rock Express vs. Portland Beavers (7:05 p.m.)
Ticket prices vary with seat preference
3400 East Palm Valley Blvd.
The Dell Diamond is the home of the Round Rock Express Baseball Club. 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.
Chantal’s Bistro and Wine Bar
Thurs-Sat. 4:30 –close
204 E. 8th Street
Chantal’s Bistro & Wine Bar is a casual, classy dining venue just one block from the Historic Georgetown Square, at the corner of 8th and Main Streets. The owners, Bob and Trini Bousquet, restored the “Old Anderson Home,” a Victorian style home, circa 1908 and created a unique restaurant where guests can enjoy world class food, great service and premium libations in the charming ambiance of the original Victorian house. You can choose to relax on the beautiful wrap-around porch, in the enchanting wine bar or in one of the small, romantic dining rooms.
715 S. Main St.
Stop in at Georgetown Winery and enjoy one of their many award-winning wines or enjoy a guide through making your own personal batch of wine! They also offer private events and a large selection of wine gifts. Visit their website below for hours.
812 S. Austin Ave.
Time Magazine referred to Wildfire as a “reason to move to Georgetown.” The food is artistically presented but straightforward and hearty, appealing to both the epi-curious and the real meat-and-potato folk as well. Atmospheric and relaxed, Wildfire sets a standard for fine dining.
Silver & Stone Restaurant and Wine Bar
501 S. Austin Ave.
\Monday-Friday 11 am-2:30 pm (Lunch)
Monday-Thursday 5 pm-10 pm and Friday-Saturday 5 pm – 11 pm (Dinner)
Silver & Stone Restaurant and Wine Bar is Georgetown’s premier fine dining establishment. With over 200 wine selections, 50 craft beers, a wonderful selection of scotch and cognacs, and not to mention the best cuisine in Central Texas, you are sure to find many items on our menus to tantalize your tastebuds.
710 S. Austin Ave.
Sweet Serendipity make their chocolates on site, and have varieties ranging from dark to sugar free. They also carry gift baskets, coffee and tea gifts, inspirational sculpture, antiques and more. Sweet Serendipity can create that perfect gift basket for you, tailored to your needs.
119 West 7th
Visit The County Seat for amazing specialty dishes accented with seasonings and tastes from around the world in the historic 1889 M.B. Lockett building on Georgetown’s square. The County Seat’s rustic setting encourages casual “come as you are” dining and features live local entertainment on most Friday evenings. Service is consistently outstanding reflecting a vibrant spirit of warmth and friendliness. One of the best values in the area given the exceptional quality of food and service. The verdict is in! Locally owned and operated by Georgetown’s only Cartier Award winning chef, The County Seat is the kind of distinctive, winning dining experience that only a true chef could create.
Fletcher’s Books and Antiques
945 N. Main
Mon-Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun.: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Antiques; furniture & stained glass; religious and architectural.
New, used, and out-of-print books. Specializing in books on religon, Texana, Salado, and military subjects.
Central Texas Area Museum
423 S. Main St.
Mon. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Purpose of the Central Texas Area Museum is to tell the history and development of Central Texas, to provide a safe and accessible place to preserve and exhibit these items which tell its history.The officers and directors of the Museum provide an exhibit room and auditorium in which exhibits may be displayed and where historical paintings and writings may be shown.
Antique Rose of Bell
402 North Main
The Antique Rose of Bell on Main Street is located in Salado's historical 1885 building. Shop in romantic late Victorian ambiance that features Fine European and American Antiques, Furniture, Pottery/China, Vintage Jewelry and Collectibles at affordable prices.
La Fon’s Antiques
401 S. Main
Fine antiques American & European, Antique Art & Prints, estate jewelry, antique glassware and much more
Main Street Place
#8 Salado Square
Main Street Place is known for it's casual sophisticated feel and our unpredictable mix of
merchandise. Small treasures to be found throughout our store --- making us a great gift resource.
401 S. Main Street
At Sofi's, INGS is a globally eclectic shop featuring a large selection of unusually interesting cards, and gifts from Africa and Asia.
Salado Silver Spur Theatre
108 Royal Street
Shows Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 2pm and 7:30
Located in the heart of charming downtown Salado, the Salado Silver Spur Theater has been serving Central Texas with unforgettable family entertainment since it opened its doors in 2004. A step into the Spur is a step back in time, where you may see a great American stage comedy, an original melodrama, a silent-movie masterpiece with live musical accompaniment, or a live variety show featuring acts of vaudevillian virtuosity that will amaze, amuse, and mystify. Steeped in the tradition of Vaudeville, a true American art form, the Silver Spur's Spuradical Players are professional practitioners of perpetual motion. Our bountiful bag of tricks includes slapstick and satire, pratfalls and pranks, music and magic, dancing and derring-do, all plentifully presented with a heaping helping of heart.
Bell County Expo Center
August 8: Central Texas Quarter Horse Breeders
August 15: Mid-Tex Quarter Horse Assn.
301 W. Loop 121
This multi-purpose entertainment and event complex was built in 1987, and is now home to the Centex Barracudas Arena Football, Bell County Youth Fair Livestock Show and Rodeo, Central Texas State Fair, Belton Area Chamber of Commerce 4th of July PRCA Rodeo, and countless concerts and conventions. In all, more than 500 events take place here annually.
Bell County Museum
201 N. Main Street
Hours: Tues-Sat 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For Decades, the Bell County Museum has been a vital resource for the collection, interpretation and preservation of the historical heritage of the Bell County area. The collection covers pre-history, land grant period, the formation of the county in 1850, and the establishment of Fort Hood. Housed in the beautifully restored Carnegie Library Building constructed in 1904, the Bell County Museum is one of only 12 libraries originally endowed by Andrew Carnegie still standing in Texas.
Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake
3740 FM 1670
Admission: $3.00 per vehicle or pedestrian (Day Use)
Rates vary if camping or using a group area
Belton Lake has long been a Central Texas favorite for water sports, fishing tournaments, camping, picnics or just relaxing. Here, anglers haul in White Crappie, Walleye, Flathead Catfish, Bluegill, Sunfish, Largemouth and White Bass. Fed by the Leon River, Belton Lake offers a haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts, covering 12,300 surface acres with 136 miles of shoreline.
Fed by the Lampasas River, Stillhouse Hollow Lake is rated among the highest of Texas lakes for water quality. It covers 11,830 acres and includes 58 miles of shoreline. Open to all, the lake offers many attractive areas for outdoor recreation, water sports, hunting, fishing, sailing or just kicking back Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the Chalk River Falls Nature Trail and its scenic waterfall.
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area
Beach Hours: Wed. – Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Swim, sunbathe and enjoy Belton Lake at Sierra Beach, BLORA's authorized swimming area. The swimming area is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer season pending availability of lifeguards. 2 large water slides are located near the beach. The snack bar sells refreshments. More than 300 family picnic sites and 143 covered picnic shelters, many with barbecue grills are scattered throughout the park. Fishing, ski and party boats are available for rent at the boat dock. Fishing tours, fishing contests, and weekend lake tours are also offered.
Belton Market Days
15 August 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(254) 933-2819 or (254) 933-8833
Shop among a variety of vendors who offer everything from antiques to handmade jewelry to unique clothing to Texas BBQ. Central Avenue at Penelope Street is lined with outdoor booths. This event, which is sponsored by the Downtown Belton Merchants Association, happens the third Saturday of every month.
The Beltonian Theatre
$6.00 Stadium Seats
$2.00 Balcony Seats for children, $3.00 for adults
Open Daily except Wednesdays
219 E. Central Ave.
The Beltonian Theatre offers a unique dining and movie experience with waiters and waitresses, dressed in costume, taking orders at your seat. The historical downtown Beltonian Theatre has undergone extensive renovations, including installation of stadium seating, new lighting, surround sound and a full-service kitchen. The wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling electric movie screen can be rolled up to allow for live-theatre productions.
Corner of Central Ave. and Penelope St.
Saturdays only, 7:00am – sellout or 1:00pm
Fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.
Hike and Bike Trail at Nolan Creek
Belton's best hidden treasure along the bank of Nolan Creek. Enjoy a stroll or bike ride among Belton's natural beauty of trees and birds. The Hike and Bike trail connects Confederate, Yettie Polk, and Harris Community Parks
Lena Armstrong Public Library
301 East 1st Avenue
Monday and Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 2 pm
Contact the library on events for children and adults
Miller Springs Nature Center
Highway 2271 North of Lake Belton Spillway
Miller Springs offers an expansive 266 acres for hiking and exploring nature on a self-guided basis. This authentically restored prairie area includes several well-maintained walking trails lined with native broom grass, blue stem and wildflowers that lead to picturesque sites thoughout the center. Located in the historic "Tennessee Valley" along the Leon River, Miller Springs Nature Center is home to three canyons and overlooks the Belton spillway.
Bygone Era Antiques Mall
217 E. Central Ave.
213 E. Central Ave.
Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant
603 Waco Rd.
Oxbow Steakhouse and Bar-B-Q
2801 S. Highway Blvd. 35
Papa Moran’s Pizza
2100 N. Main St.
Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center
3011 N. 3rd St. (Exit 303-B off I-35)
The Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center (CAC) boasts five art galleries, each home to a new exhibit about every six weeks. The CAC Galleries are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment on Saturdays. All Gallery exhibits are open to the public and free of charge.
Railroad and Heritage Museum
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am – 4:00p.m.
Prices: Seniors (60+) - $3.00
Adults - $4.00
Children (5-12) - $2.00
Under 5 years – Free
Group Rates Available
315 West Ave. B
The Railroad & Heritage Museum is housed in the restored 1910 Santa Fe Depot with a working Amtrak station, the museum depicts railroad history and local heritage. Exhibits include railroad equipment, model trains, telegraph room and listening stations for train communications, with observation windows looking over BNSF main line. Locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars are displayed outside.
Czech Heritage Museum
520 North Main Street
Open: M-F 8:00-12:00, 1:00 – 5:00
(254)773-1575 or (800) 727-7578
Czech contributions to the ethnic diversity of Texas are highlighted in a comprehensive exhibit at the SPJST (Czech) Insurance Co. Building. Preserved artifacts include a variety of Czech artifacts, coins, Bibles, costumes, antique musical instruments, and an extensive library with historic documents dating back to the 1700's.
Bell County Museum
201 N. Main Street
Tuesday-Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm
The Bell County Museum serves the community as a vital resource for the collection, interpretation and preservation of the historical heritage of the Bell County area. From pre-history to the land grant period, from the formation of the county in 1850, to the establishment of Fort Hood, the region's history is richly portrayed in permanent and rotating exhibits. The primary focus of the exibits at the museum is the first 100 years of Bell County, from 1850 to 1950, using various aspects of rural and city life. The museum is located at 201 North Main Street in Belton.
Temple Historic Tours
Miller Springs Nature Center is a 260 acre scenic natural area located between the Leon River and 40 foot high bluffs, immediately east of the Lake Belton Dam. The natural preserve is open to the self-guided public, at no charge, each day of the year, from dawn to dusk. It is an undeveloped area administered by the Miller Springs Alliance, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to promote conservation and management of natural and cultural resources and to provide an educational and recreational nature area for "children" of all ages.
Mother Neff Park
Mother Neff State Park is the first official state park in Texas. It is named for Mrs. Isabella Eleanor (Mother) Neff who donated six acres of land along the Leon River in 1916 which became the first park site. Her son was Texas Governor Pat M. Neff, who served as Governor from 1921 to 1925. The main activities are camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing from the river bank, and wildlife observation. The park provides a junior ranger program that allows children from ages 4-12 to earn a special badge & certificate. For interested hikers a tree guide is available at the park headquarters which provides a self guided tour along the lost trail.
Friar’s Creek Nature Preserve
Contained wholly within the city limits of Temple, the creek rises near Avenue R and runs for 10 miles until it empties into the Leon River. Scientists from the Blackland Research Center have studied and worked to improve the creek with the use of a $180,000 grant from the EPA.
The creek features an old wagon trail, three waterfalls and five springs. Among the natural flora and fauna, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has identified shiners, darter, sunfish, catfish, mosquito fish and a few stonerollers at various points on the creek. Tours of the preserve are available by appointment only.
University of Mary Hardin Baylor Nature Walks
A self-paced tour of the campus beginning at the main gate.
3 W. Central Ave.
2nd Street Emporium
8 South 2nd
Aunt Minnie’s Antiques
504 N. 3rd St.(254)
Brickwood Antiques and Interiors
2603 Thornton Lane #125
517 N. 3rd St.
2601 Trade Place
1695 Morgans Point Rd.
1521 SW HK Dodgen Loop
1706 Austin Ave.
Located downtown across from the Waco-McLennan County Library, Honey's features a large inventory of antiques, furniture, furnishings, accessories, art, lighting, picture frames, rugs, bedding, garden accessories, jewelry, candles, floral, unique gifts, one-of-a-kinds, and more.
University Parks Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr., along the Brazos River
Hours: Open daily
No admission charge
Cameron Park encompasses a range of landscapes from wonderful tree-lined roads, limestone cliffs to the smooth Brazos River. One can enjoy the wildflowers, mountain bike the rugged trails, ride a horse around the bridle path, or play a round of disc golf. Cameron Park is one of the state’s largest municipal parks and an outdoor-lover’s dream. Natives and tourists alike appreciate the park’s vast resources.
Cameron Park Zoo .
Adults $7, Seniors (60+) $6, Children (4-12) $5
1701 N. 4th St.
Monday-Saturday 9 am – 5pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
In the Cameron Park Zoo visitors will see tortoises from the Galapagos Islands, birds from Africa, and lion cubs. The Herpetarium takes visitors into a world of waterfalls and crocodiles and spiders and plants—all colorfully and thoroughly explained by educational plaques throughout the exhibit
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
100 Texas Ranger Trail, exit 335B, I-35 at University Parks Dr.
(254) 750-8631. Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Adults $6, children $3, Group rate for adults (10+) $5.00;
The Texas Rangers, the oldest state law enforcement agency, play an important role in solving crimes and apprehending fugitives. The Modern Texas Rangers focus primarily on investigations, and are known as the Elite Law Enforcement Officers of the21st Century.
Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise & Institute
300 S. 5th St.
Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday - Saturday, Noon - 4:15 PM Sunday
Extended hours during peak months
Adults $7.00, Seniors $4.00, Students $3.00
While in Waco, take a tour of the Dr Pepper Museum, a place that serves up history, nostalgia, and Waco’s favorite authentic soda fountain drinks. Most people agree: there’s nothing like a cold Dr Pepper float on a hot summer day, especially when enjoyed in the ambiance of a restored turn-of-the-century soda fountain. Besides an operational fountain, the Dr Pepper Museum also recreates the soda fountain where Dr. Charles Alderton first mixed the flavors that make up Dr Pepper (none of which is prune juice—a popular, albeit false, rumor about this classic drink.) In this exhibit, an animatronic, life-size Dr. Alderton tells the story of his invention.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
1108 S. University Parks Dr.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Saturday , Noon - 5:00 PM Sunday
Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Students (K-College ) $3.00
Learn about the Texas athletes who have distinguished themselves both on and off the field and arenas at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Divided into four separate halls of fame: the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, and Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, this museum complex pays tribute to some of Texas sports greats.
Carleen Bright Auditorium
9001 Bosque Blvd.
8:00 AM - Sunset
The Arboretum, which officially opened May 1, 1999 includes a gazebo, concert green, the Todd Willis Memorial Nature Trail and Whitehall Center
1901 N. 5th St.
$5 per person for guided tours of the house and gardens.
Open by appointment Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm and on the first Sunday of each month, 8am-8pm.
Built at the edge of an unsettled frontier, this Greek Revival-style mansion stands as the only restored antebellum home open to the public in Waco.
814 S. 4th St.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday - Sunday
http://www.historicwaco.org/enk.htmThe house is beautiful year-round, but takes on a special ambiance at Christmastime, when each room is decorated for the season
Mayborn Museum Complex
Adult $6 , Seniors (65+) $5 , Children (18 mo-12 yr) $4
1300 S. University Parks Dr.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Thursday; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sunday
The Mayborn Museum Complex provides a wide spectrum of learning opportunities to engage all types visitors. The exhibits and education programs encourage families to learn together and design their own museum experience.
The Red Men Museum and Library
4521 Speight Ave.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday
The Red Men Museum & Library, operated and maintained by the Great Council of Texas Improved Order of Red Men, houses an extensive collection of historic pieces. Free Admission
Scottish Rite Library and Museum
P.O. Box 3080
Waco, TX 76707-0080
Fax: (254) 752-2574
http://www.scottishritefoundationoftexas.orgHours of Operation: The Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is closed on holidays and weekends. Group tours are available by appointment. Our facilities are handicap accessible. Admission is free.
Golden’s Book Exchange
3112 Franklin Ave.
1412 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Bankston’s Used Books
1321 S. Valley Mills
2432 W. Loop 340
1412 N. Valley Mills Dr.
1815 N 18th St
Closed on Mondays
A Korean food restaurant with really good hamburgers and oriental fries.
(254) 772 2900
904 N Valley Mills Dr
(254) 752 2081
2601 Circle Rd
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
A throwback to another age, Health Camp is small, simple and unassuming. The name is absolutely tongue-in-cheek, because the food you'll find consists largely of burgers, shakes, fries and chili dogs. It has a great mom and pops/50’s soda fountain feel to it and a corresponding atmosphere with pictures of it and Waco’s history adorning the walls. The shakes and malts are part of what has made Health Camp famous over the years.
Between College Station and Austin (By way of Hwy 79)
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University
1000 George Bush Drive West
Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 for Adults
The library and museum is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the preservation, research, and exhibition of official records, personal papers, and memorabilia of George H. W. Bush.
Johnny Reb’s Dixie Café: (979) 279-5171
708 S. Market
Open Mon - Thur 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri - Sun 7 - 10
A small town café featured in Texas Monthly for good down-home cooking.
Antique Queens: (512) 446-4655
106 W. Cameron Ave
Hours: Tues - Fri 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Vintage jewelry as well as new, Victorian furniture, Shabby Chic furniture, primitives, old toys, and glassware.
Governor Dan Moody Museum: (512) 352-3463 – Fred Switzer, Community Events Coordinator
114 W. Ninth Street
The youngest governor of Texas’s old family home, displaying heirlooms and furnishings. Available for tours every Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm or by reservation.
Taylor International Barbecue Cook Off:
August 14 and 15
Murphy Park – entrance on West Lake Drive
Rudy Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q
300 W. Second Street
(512) 365-3722 or (800) 962-5706
A highly acclaimed family bar-b-q business (Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Food Network)
The Kolache Shoppe: (512) 352-5364
919 W. Fourth Street
Genuine homemade Czech kolaches
Texan Cafe: (512) 846-2885
207 East Street
Open Tue - Sat 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sun 11 - 3. Closed Mon
A small town café featured in Texas Monthly for good down-home cooking. Has a pie happy hour from 3-5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
[Through Round Rock or Pflugerville]
Round Rock Express Baseball
Dell Diamond - 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd (off of Hwy 79)
General Admission Tickets $6
Sat, Aug. 8 Tacoma Rainiers 7:05 PM
Sun, Aug. 9 Portland Beavers 6:05 PM
Mon, Aug. 10 Portland Beavers 7:05 PM
Tues, Aug. 11 Portland Beavers 7:05 PM
Wed, Aug. 12 Portland Beavers 7:05 PM
Old Settlers Park
3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock's Old Settlers Park is the city's crown jewel and sports destination. Located behind the Dell Diamond, the park's 570 acres include: the newly renovated $5.5 million Hall of Fame Softball Complex , $13 million baseball complex opening in the spring of 2009, 3.13 miles of trail, a pond, professionally designed disc golf course, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, two rentable park pavilions, 7 soccer fields, 12 tennis courts, the Rock'N River Family Aquatic Center water park, and practice football fields.
Antique Mall of Texas: (512) 218 4290
1601 South IH 35
Open Hours 10a-7p daily
Antique Mall of Texas has over 250 dealers display a fine collection of antique and collectible odds-and-ends and high-tickets items in this 60,000 square foot antique mall. You may find elegant dining room sets, Heisey stemware, vintage 1970s clothing, sofas, lamps, end tables and lunch boxes. Prices range from $2 to $30,000. The mall's restaurant, called the Tea Room, provides an ideal resting place between vendors where you will find a selection of soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Pflugerville Farmers Market - Downtown Market Days
Every Tuesday – May 5, 2009 - August 25, 2009
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This venue provides face-to-face, farmer to consumer access to fresh food, and promotes regional agriculture.
Book People: (512) 472 5050, (800) 853 9757
603 N. Lamar
Open all week 9am-11pm, 364 days a year.
http://www.bookpeople.comCommunity book store
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: (512) 232 0100
4801 La Crosse Ave.
June 1 thru mid-March: Closed Mondays, Open Tues – Sat 9a.m. – 5:30p.m., Sun noon – 5:30p.m.
Admission: $7 for adults
McKinney Falls State Park: (512) 243 1643
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
$5 per day, per person 13 and older
Gates open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation activities
Guero’s Taco Bar: (512) 447 7688
1412 S. Congress Ave.
Güero´s also offers sidewalk dining, a bright and airy enclosed patio and a private garden where you can enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican dishes from the interior!
A little out of the way
Bastrop State Park: (512) 321-2101
3005 Hwy 21 East
Bastrop TX 78602
The park provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing (park rents canoes), swimming (pool), golfing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and scenic drives.
$4 per day, per person 13 and older
$2 per day, per person 13 and older – This fee is charged to people who wish to drive on park road 1C only.
$2 per person with Group Adult entrance fee
Contact the Park to make prior arrangements.
Blue Bell Creamery: (800) 327 8135
1101 South Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas
Tour Schedule: Mon - Fri: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
No weekend tours; Closed most holidays; Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Admission Costs (Includes a serving of Blue Bell Ice Cream):
General Admission $3.00
Lockhart - Get Your Barbecue Fix
Lockhart, located south and east of Austin, is the official barbecue capital of Texas. There are four BBQ restaurants in Lockhart, recognized by Texas Monthly and The New York Times as some of the best in the county. The restaurants estimate that about 5,000 people visit their establishments each week, or roughly 250,000 people a year. Remember, Texas-style barbecue uses a dry rub instead of sauce during cooking. Texans view the sauce as a complement to great barbecue, so more often than not, the finished product is served with the sauce on the side.
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Chisholm Trail Barbeque
1323 S. Colorado
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208 S Commerce St.
Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country starts west of downtown Austin and stretches southward to northern San Antonio. If features rolling, somewhat rugged limestone hills and the second largest granite outcropping in the United States, Enchanted Rock, located some thirty miles northwest of Fredericksburg. The area is known for its wineries, a wildseed farm, and fruit crops of peaches, apples and plums. West of Johnson City is the home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, known as the Texas White House which was a center of political activity for more than 20 years. Be sure to see the Sister Creek Winery in Sisterdale, outside of Boerne, in a restored cotton mill.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd 965
Fredericksburg TX 78624
Hill Country Fruit Council
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
P.O. Box 329
Johnson City, TX 78636
Sister Creek Vineyards
1142 Sisterdale Rd
Sisterdale, TX 78006
Texas Hill Country Wineries
11003 Ranch Road 2222 C
Austin, TX 78730
100 Legacy Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Just a short drive south from Austin lies San Antonio, home of the Alamo, Riverwalk, the Missions, and much more. San Antonio is recognized as the top tourist destination in Texas, with some 26 million annual visitors, delicious dining and restaurants, theme parks and attractions, great nightclubs, nightlife and entertainment.
San Antonio traces it beginnings to the missions established by Franciscans and Spanish representatives in 1718 along the San Antonio River. Within 13 years, the missions (Espada, San Juan, San Jose, Concepcion – the oldest unrestored church in America -- and the Alamo) had been completed and are today managed as a national park. The Mission Trails project, presently under construction, includes a hike and bike trail, and driving route from downtown to Espada, the southernmost mission site in the park.
Be sure to check out any Conjunto (accordion-driven) music, the 755 foot Tower of the Americas, built during the 1968 World’s Fair known as HemisFair ’68, and any of the San Antonio Regional Archives.
La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita Ste 903
San Antonio, TX 78205
San Antonio Missions
2202 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78210
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 SeaWorld Dr
San Antonio, TX 78251
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 W IH 10
San Antonio, TX 78257
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tower of the Americas
600 HemisFair Park
San Antonio, Texas 78205
San Antonio Regional Archives
Last updated on:
June 15, 2009
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