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Things to Do in Texas

The panhandle is home to Amarillo and ranches, Lubbock, Buddy Holly’s home, and Abilene. At Big Bend, find the Rio Grande River. El Paso and Odessa’s meteor crater are nearby. Fredericksburg and the capital Austin, the “live music capital of the world” are in the Hill Country. San Antonio has things to do including the attractions Riverwalk, the Alamo and missions. Explore Corpus Christi, King Ranch and Brownsville on the coast and beaches from Galveston to South Padre Island. Go deep-sea fishing or diving at Flower Gardens. Discover Houston’s NASA space center, Dallas, and Fort Worth’s historic stockyards. Restaurants vary from steak to seafood to Tex-Mex to home cooking. Stay in resorts, condos, hotels, B&Bs and inns.
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Japanese Tea Garden

3853 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas
210-821-3120
Originally a rock quarry, this three-acre park just north of downtown was transformed into a lush respite and opened to the public in 1919. Known for koi filled ponds, stone architecture, colorful botanic displays and a 55-foot waterfall, the Japanese Tea Garden has been a San Antonio favorite for generations. More than a decade ago, the Japanese Tea Garden fell into disrepair.

In spring 2008, following a $1.6 million renovation, the sanctuary re-opened to the public....
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

24518 Ranch Road 1431
Marble Falls, Texas
512-339-9432
Part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this Hill Country refuge was primarily created to protect the habitat of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

Visitors are welcome to bring their cameras and binoculars to better view the nesting and breeding areas. Recommended sites are the northern Shin Oak Observation Deck for the black-capped verio (closed select times in the spring) and the southern Warbler Vista and Sunset Deck....
Hours & Admission
Grounds: daily dawn to dusk.

Headquarters: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. Admission.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

3755-B Capitol of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas
512-477-1566
Located within the 1,000-plus acre Barton Creek Wilderness Park and beyond, the greenbelt connects with Zilker Park* to its north. It is one of Austin’s most traveled trails used by bikers, runners, rock climbers, swimmers and hikers.

Seven to eight miles long, its two sections are typically described by its two distinctly different areas - the upper/east and lower/west sections. The terrain varies from twisting flat routes and rocky creek crossings to sheer cliff walls for...
Hours & Admission
Daily 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free.

Brackenridge Park

3910 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas
210-736-9534
This lushly landscaped park is situated just below the springs that feed the San Antonio River. It features a number of attractions including the San Antonio Zoo*, Witte Museum of History and Science* and the lush Japanese Tea Garden* with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with koi. A number of recreational facilities including picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic fields and an 18-hole golf course, the oldest of the city's municipal courses.

*see...
Hours & Admission
Daily, dawn to dusk. Free (park). Admission (attractions).

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

1600 City Park Road
Austin, Texas
512-974-6700
The 1,150-acre wooded park on the north shore of Lake Austin* is home to two boat ramps, an archery range, picnic areas, two sand volleyball courts and a designated swimming area with an adjoining 350-foot long sand beach.

Also find two hiking or biking trails: a more than quarter-mile long Lakeline Trail on the north shore of Lake Austin and Turkey Creek - a nearly two-mile trail. A nine-mile motocross course traverses diverse terrain.
Hours & Admission
Daily 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission.

Kerrville Schreiner Park

2385 Bandera Highway
Kerrville, Texas
830-257-5392
This 500-acre city park on the banks of the Guadalupe River offers swimming, fishing, boating, camping and picnicking.
Hours & Admission
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free. Admission (camping).

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, Texas
512-232-0100
Lady Bird Johnson and actor Helen Hayes co-founded an initiative to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. While its original name has changed and it is now part of the University of Texas at Austin, the 279-acre center continues to promote the awareness of wildflowers and native plants through education. The facility maintains a research center and a plant conservation program.

Visitors will discover displays of native plants...
Hours & Admission
Grounds: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. Visitor gallery: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays and December 24 to January 2. Admission.

Louise Hays Park

Thompson Drive
Kerrville, Texas
830-257-7300
The Guadalupe River is the main attraction of this downtown city park. Visitors are invited to fish, feed the ducks, rent a kayak, or enjoy the beautiful cypress trees. The park is the site of community events like the July 4th celebration.
Hours & Admission
Daily 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

U.S. Highway 290 West
Johnson City, Texas
830-868-7128
The park was established to take visitors on a tour of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s life from his childhood home to his final resting place.

It showcases campaign items, plus Johnson’s Great Society programs - education, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, the fight against poverty, crime prevention and control, eradication of disease and Medicare. His wife Lady Bird Johnson is also recognized....
Hours & Admission
National Park Visitor Center: daily 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

LBJ State Park Visitor Center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park

U.S. Highway 290 West
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2252
The park, situated south of the Pedernales River across from the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park* (LBJ Ranch), showcases the wildlife and multiple cultures that have called and continue to call the Texas Hill Country home.

The state park serves as the departure point for those looking to visit the LBJ Ranch; free driving permits can be acquired at the visitor center....
Hours & Admission
Grounds: 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Park buildings (visitor center): 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
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