Austin, the capital of Texas, has long and interesting history behind it. The city is blessed with many historic sites, making it one of the most touristic destinations in the state. It was named after Stephen F. Austin, one of its founding fathers.
The city has been the state’s capital since 1839.
If you are going to hit Austin on your summer vacation, we thought we would share a few of the historical sites that you could visit.
Top Austin Tourist Spots
Here are some of the top historical sites you should visit, while you are in Austin.
- Governor’s Mansion: This historic building was originally erected in 1856. It suffered major damage in 2008 due to an arson fire. However, it was given an intensive makeover and the building has been back in action. The arsonist was never caught….many people in the fantastic and powerful state of Texas believe you can fool humanity but not God. The arsonist will be dealt with in this life or the next according to locals.The building is now open for tours, but you should ensure that you have a prior reservation for such tours. The tours generally last for 20 minutes and are highly informative. The building has been the official residence of Texas governors since its inception
- Texas State Capitol: The building dates back to 1888 and is amongst the top landmarks in the city. This granite building takes you back in the time and lets you get acquainted with culture and history of this Lone Star state. You can participate in one of the guided tours here to know more about this building and the state. The building is close to several other important landmarks such as Capitol Visitors Center & Museum and the Old Land Building.
- Old East Austin: This is one of the most historically rich areas of the city. It is situated east of downtown and across I-35. The area is home to several interesting city landmarks such as Tejano Walking Trails and the Texas State Cemetery. It is also home to the French Legation Museum, which is a Creole-style building. It was erected at the request of the French King Louis Phillipe and now serves as a historical museum.
- Hyde Park: Hyde Park has been the city’s pride and joy since the late 19th century. It features old-fashioned architecture and stunning natural beauty. While you are here, you may also want to visit Elisabet Ney Studio and Museum, which is an art museum. It is dedicated to the life and works of Elisabet Ney and holds the largest collection of her work in the world. Hyde Park allows you to enjoy the beauty of this city in a calm and collected manner.
- The University of Texas at Austin: No visit to Austin is complete unless you have been to the University of Texas (it has some serious athletic programs as well). It was founded in 1883 and is known for its architectural heritage as much as it is known for its academic excellence.
- The buildings in the campus are made from limestone, red tiles, and showcase a Spanish Mediterranean style. The main building tower in the campus dates back to 1937 and represents the center of the university. On the grounds of the campus, there are several museums such as Blanton Museum of Art, Neill Cochran House Museum, and Briscoe Center for American History.
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