The capital of Texas, Austin is home to beautiful parks, unique wedding venues, a diverse choice of activities and great restaurants, including burgers, BBQ and vegetarian. See a performance at the historic ZACH Theatre, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum to learn about the history of Texas and explore modern art at the Blanton Museum of Art. Visit the beautiful Zilker Metropolitan Park which is home to a fragrant botanical garden, sculpture garden, theatre and other attractions.
The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake creates a complete circuit around the lake and is one of the oldest urban hike-and-bike trails in Texas. Circling the lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River that lies in the heart of the city, the 10.1-mile (16.3 km) trail was designed for the people of Austin to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful lakeside setting by walking, jogging, running or cycling. After walking around the lake, head out onto the water for a relaxing boating excursion with Austin Sailboat Rentals. Austin Sailboat Rentals offers a variety of vessels and boats ranging from dinghy sailboats to Sea Skimmers and both adults and children can enjoy chartered sailboat rides, private and group sailing lessons, sailing summer camps and unique glass-bottom illuminated kayak eco-tours around the lake.
Located within Zilker Park near downtown Austin on the south bank of the Colorado River, Zilker Botanical Garden stretches across 26 acres of mixed topography, offering suitable homes and diverse habitats for both native and exotic plants. This beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city combines theme gardens of roses, herbs, lilies and succulents and there is also a Japanese garden connected with waterfalls, streams and ponds filled with fish. Each individual garden feels like a separate world and they flow from one to the other.
The Hartman Prehistoric Garden, a favorite among visitors, recreates the world in which the dinosaurs lived. There is also a blacksmith's The Austin Area Garden Center manages the garden and organizes a range of activities, programs and events such as an annual spring garden festival.
Named after its founder, Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, the Bullock Texas State History Museum is located just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol. The museum consists of three main themes with interactive exhibits: the first floor tells the story of how Texas was founded; the second floor explains how the state came about and the history behind its name; and the top floor deals with the subject of opportunity. The museum features the modern, 200-seat Texas Spirit Theater, which offers special effects presentations and shows that take audiences on an unforgettable journey through the history of Texas, as well as a state-of-the-art IMAX theater with 2-D and 3-D capabilities.
South Congress Avenue is one of Austin's hippest neighborhoods with an eclectic range of shops, boutiques, restaurants, antique stores, music venues, galleries and food trucks. The neighborhood, bordered by the historic neighborhoods of Travis Heights and Bouldin Creek, stretches between Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and the Colorado River. The avenue and the neighborhood that grew around it share a colorful history. Designed in 1830 to be one of the city's main thoroughfares, it grew in popularity between 1930 and 1960 with the addition of the iconic Austin Motel, the Hotel San José and the hamburger stand that eventually became the famous Night Hawk.