2720 East US Hwy. 290 , Dripping Springs, TX, US, 78620
- Phone: (512) 858-2400
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This museum has grown into one of the most fabulous experiences for children in Austin. Find out about the development of children from birth to adolescence, climb a "time tower," and learn about everything from dinosaurs to computers. Special programs for children and their parents are regular parts of the museum's curriculum. Take tiny tots to the 2-and-under special explore time, or learn about multimedia with your teen. With excellent specialty programs and wonderful exhibits, this is a museum the whole family can enjoy.
Short story writer William Sydney Porter, whose pen name was O. Henry, lived in this home for three years while he spent time in Austin. It was constructed in 1891 and is filled with rare books, O. Henry's writing desk, original furniture, photographs, personal belongings and the chairs that brought The Gift of the Magi to life. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of this home and its famous occupant. The home has been moved twice since from its original location at 308 East Fourth Street. It now features a gift shop with books, videotapes and more. The museum offers writing clubs for Austin children and sponsors many local events such as the Victorian Christmas celebration and the "O. Henry Pun-Off." Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
The slogan states that “everything is bigger in Texas,” and if you look at its capitol, the phrase rings true. Standing a stately 309 feet (94 meters) and modeled after the nation's Capitol in Washington D.C., the Texas State Capitol owns the distinction of being the nation's tallest capitol building. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and constructed using red granite, the capitol took more than seven years to complete. It was finished in 1888, at a total cost of more than three million dollars, an extravagant price even by today's standards. The perfectly landscaped grounds reflect the languid pace of life under the Texas sun, inviting you for a quiet stroll or a lazy day under a tree.
More than 15,000 people wander through the Austin Convention Center to view accessories to one of the cities favorite pastimes. At Austin Boat, patrons can see award-winning boats, New Year models and a huge variety. Whether your passion is fishing, skiing, cruising in luxury or personal watercraft, this show has it all. Be sure the kids visit the catfish tank for a quick fishing lesson. Every year this show gets bigger and bigger; it is a definite must for any boating fan. See their website for further information.
The Waterloo Park in the heart of downtown is a beautiful 10.74 acre city park. A lovely and delightful space of green in the midst of concrete, it's like an oasis—lending it's sanctity to the people of the city. The Waller Creek runs through the middle of the park and there are trails for those who love hikes and treks. Besides serving the city people with serene calm from busy city life, the park also doubles as a site for concerts, festivals, and other special events throughout the year.
Stop here any day of the week for a 9-hole game. The longest hole is 118 yards (107 meters) and the shortest is 61 yards (56 meters). These greens and fairways have taught golfers a thing or two since 1949. In the clubhouse, you can rent clubs and slurp some soft drinks. There is no dress code enforced on patrons.
The Gamblin Field at Texas School for the Deaf is the home to the Austin Outlaws, a Women's Football Team. The stadium is an athletic field that also hosts various sporting events like baseball, rugby, etc, and even fund-raising programs. In fact, it became famous after the shooting of popular TV series "Friday Night Lights" was held over here. Tickets for upcoming events can be booked in advance.
Situated behind the San Jacinto dormitory on the University of Texas campus is Clark Field, a recreational area complete with some basketball courts, a few benches and bars for crunches and pull-ups, a large turf for pick-up games of whatever field sport (soccer, ultimate Frisbee, touch football, etc.), and a walking/jogging/sprinting track. Kudos for the track and field being surrounded by green trees and having a nice view of a portion of the downtown skyline; the combination of nature, architecture, and exercise provides a rejuvenating experience. Most importantly, thumbs up for the track and field having light poles that enable nighttime jogging and nighttime activity. Yep, there are not that many outdoor places in Austin that make exercise at 2a an easy experience. -Freddie Obregon
See the beautiful sights of the Texas State Capital, Austin, like you've never seen them before by gliding on a Segway. Segways have a platform perched on two wheels with a patented gyroscope balancing system enabling the standing rider to maneuver by tilting forward or backwards while using the steering control on the left side of the handlebar to turn. They offer 7 day a week, 365 day a year guided 2.5 hour Segway tours visiting the Governor's Mansion, the Texas State Capital, the World famous 6th street entertainment district, the new 2nd street shopping district and much more. The guided Segway tours are informative rated as one of the highest quality tours in Texas which are ideal for families, visitors, residents and work groups for team building activities. Reservations are strongly recommended. The tours are conducted at 9.30 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30pm.
Escape from the 21st Century and journey back into the Great West aboard the Hill Country Flyer, a vintage passenger train making day-trip excursions every weekend year-round. Departing from Cedar Park, only 20 miles north of downtown Austin, each train ride offers 1920s coach cars for families on a budget and 1950s Pullman lounge cars for leisure travelers. Special excursion trains throughout the year include storybook specials for children, mystery dinner trains for adults, and holiday rides to local festivals along the train route. The vintage train is operated by the dedicated volunteers from the Austin Steam Train Association, a community-based non-profit organization.
The Texas Volleyball team sometimes practices and has matches at the Gregory Gym, which happens to be one of the finest collegiate volleyball facilities in the country. The site, better known as the home of the Longhorns, reopened in 1998 after an eight-year layoff. Locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms and a players' lounge are available for jocks throughout the year. There are also an exercise room, climbing wall, badminton, handball, basketball and volleyball courts.
As the first neighborhood museum in the state dedicated to African American history and culture, this 1926 structure houses various forms of art. The library was once Austin's main library and received a Texas State Historical Marker in 1976. The museum is named in honor of Dr. George Washington Carver, a black slave who went on to graduate from college in 1894. The museum exhibits a fantastic collection, as well as changing exhibits of black history and culture in Austin and Travis County.