in south-central Texas on the banks of the Colorado River (there are two in
the U. S.), is the capital of Texas.
In 1838 Mirabeau B. Lamar, while camping along the banks of the Colorado River,
fell in love with the beauty of the area. When Lamar became president of the
Republic the following year, he sent Edwin Waller to build a new capital on
the banks of the river. It was named for Stephen F. Austin, the father of the
The city is home to the main campus of The University of Texas.
Today Austin is not only a state capital and university town but also a thriving
international high tech center. Diverse cultures have influenced the arts and
launched a youthful harmonious spirit throughout the city.
Population: 1,124,988 people in the metropolitan Austin area. 642,994 within Austin city limits.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Eight miles from downtown and the State Capitol. Prime position near the NAFTA
Highway (Interstate Highway 35). www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport.
General Information (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) 512/530-ABIA
Parking Information (24-hour number) 512/530-3300
Taxis: American Yellow 512/452-9999, Austin Cab 512/478-2222, Royís Taxi
Rent-A-Car Advantage 800-777-5500 Alamo 800-327-9633 Avis 800-331-1212 Hertz
Buses Capital Metro. Rideline. 512-474-1200
Austin has a very temperate climate with mild to warm winters but hot and humid summers.Days of sunshine: 300 days, Annual precipitation: 32 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
• March - May: 80°f / 59°f, 27°c / 15°c
• June - Aug.: 95°f / 74°f, 35°c / 23°f
• Sept. - Nov.: 82°f / 59°f, 28°c / 15°c
• Dec. - Feb.: 60° / 39°f, 17°c / 4°c
Click for a current weather forecast for Austin, TX.
THE AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA www.austinsymphony.org
512/476-6064 or call toll-free 1-888-4-MAESTRO, fax 512/473-8743.
1101 Red River Austin, TX 78701
512/476-6064 888 462-3787
Symphony Square is a complex of four 19th century limestone buildings that is
home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Cafe Serrano; it is the site for the
Symphony's Summer Music Festival and Children's Day activities.
Open during the day; the restaurant hours are posted.
To over 78 species and 250 animals.
Open Daily. 512/288-1490
The cities premier natural treasure and always 68 degrees. A great dip for locals
Take an enchanting and relaxing cruise on Town Lake.
The Congress Avenue Bridge is the summer home to the spectacular nightly exodus
of over a million Mexican free-tail bats.
E. Sixth Street/Congress to Interstate-35
Clubs Restaurants make up this mini New Orleans filled with bustling street
life, and lots of live music. Tours. 512/478-0098
Enjoy a Steam Train Ride through the historic Texas Hill Country. Information
3800 Mount Bonnell Rd. At Rt. 2222
After the climb up 99 stone steps enjoy the view of one of Austin’s highest
It is also Austin’s oldest attraction. Curfew at 10 p.m.
1006 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
A National Register of Historic Landmark that houses a gift shop and more.
Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weekend hours vary.
1010 Colorado Austin, TX 78701
512/463-5516 (24-hour recording with updated information)
Mon.-Fri., beginning at 10 a.m. Groups require advance reservations.
TEXAS STATE CAPITOL
11th and Congress Austin, TX 78711
Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays.
CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER
112 E. 11th St. (southeast corner of Capitol grounds) Austin, TX 78711
Take a tour or just stroll the most historic landscapes in the state. This 26
acre complex is home to gardens, statues and memorials.
Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays.
2220 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78746
Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-sunset. Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Thanksgiving
MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, LIBRARIES
Colorado Street Austin, TX 78701
512/472-2499 Fax: 512/472-2495
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m. Free admission Wed, 5 a.m.-8
AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART
— DOWNTOWN WWW.AMOA.ORG
823 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701
512/495-9224 Fax: 512/495-9029
In the heart of downtown Austin, modern and contemporary art from throughout
the world. Free for Museum members and youth through 12 years. $3 for General
Admission, $2 for 55 years and over, & college students. Thursday is $1 day.
AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART - LAGUNA GLORIA
3809 West 35th
Street Austin, TX 78703
512/458-8191 Fax 512/454-9408
The Driscoll House, a landmark Mediterranean-style villa, is located on twelve
acres on the banks of Lake Austin. The Driscoll House (museum) is temporarily
closed for restoration. The sculpture garden and Art School remain open.
AUSTIN NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
301 Nature Center
Drive Austin, TX 78746
512/327-8180 Fax: 512/327-8745
Austin's living science museum! Indoor Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, noon-5
THE BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
On the corner
of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and N. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78711
512/936-8746 Experience the Story of Texas through a variety of program and
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM
Street Austin, TX 78702
512/472-4809 Fax: 512/708-1639
The first museum in the State of Texas dedicated to African-American history
and culture. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Closed
FOR AMERICAN HISTORY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Hall, Unit 2 Austin, TX 78712 23rd and Red River (just south of LBJ Presidential
512/495-4515 Fax: 512/495-4542
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closings for holidays posted in advance.
DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER GALLERY
1110 Barton Springs
Road Austin, TX 78704
512/397-1468 Fax: 512/397-1460
Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fir., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p m. Closed
Sun. Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Closed holidays.
JACK S. BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
23rd and San Jacinto,
Art Building (temporary exhibitions) 21st & Guadalupe
Harry Ransom Center (permanent collections) Austin, TX 78712
512/471-7324 Fax: 512/471-7023
One of the most prominent university museums in the U.S. Over 14,000 works span
the history of Western civilization.
Both locations, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. Closed University holidays.
B. JOHNSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
2313 Red River
Austin, TX 78705
512/916-5136 Fax: 512/916-5171
The largest of the nation's presidential libraries.
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER RESEARCH CENTER
4801 La Crosse,
Enjoy the lovely landscape in this 42 acre garden. Enjoy a cappuccino in the
419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
512/480-9373 Fax: 512/480-8626
Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed major holidays.
O. HENRY MUSEUM
409 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512/472-1903 Fax: 512/472-7102
Wed-Sun, noon-5 p.m.
RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER
21st and Guadalupe,
University of Texas Austin, TX 78713-7219
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS MUSEUM
510 East Anderson
Lane Austin, TX 78752
512/ 339-1997 Fax: 512/339-1998
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM
2400 Trinity Street,
University of Texas Austin, TX 78705
512/471-1604 Fax: 512/471-4794
Natural history museum built in 1936 that displays Texas’ natural history and
various historical artifacts.
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays.
STATE LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
1201 Brazos Austin,
512/463-5514 Fax: 512/463-5436
Houses the Texas State Archives, Genealogy Collection and Reference/Documents
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Genealogy Library, Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.