Destination Guide

Austin

It's a place where the past and present groove to the rhythm of a vibrant social scene and a historic political tradition that has shaped Texas and America like no other city. Austin, appropriately dubbed the live music capitol of the world and Lone Star state's capitol city, is teeming with recreation and entertainment for travelers of all ages. Explore the casual balance of history and modern culture through the many museums, music venues, and landmarks that define Austin's dynamic cultural landscape. Select a destination category from the menu below, or scroll down to find an attraction and nearby La Quinta hotels.

Museums

Texas State Capitol - Austin

Peering confidently down Congress Avenue, the Texas State Capitol serves as both a monumental symbol of Texas' rich heritage and home-office to state political entities. Constructed in 1888, the building is open to the public seven days a week and free tours are available.
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Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum - Austin

Examine the political life of America's 36th President through his papers and memorabilia currently on exhibit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin, this extensive archive is open daily with free admission.
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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum - Austin

Discover the story of Texas at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum through a collection of interactive exhibits and large-format films from Austin's only IMAX Theatre. This colorful museum caters to guests of all ages with larger-than-life scenes from Texas' past.
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Austin Children's Museum - Austin

Curious visitors of all ages will find the interactive exhibits at the Austin Children's Museum both educational and entertaining. Check out the current featured exhibit, "Song of Korea", and experience Korean culture through music and hands-on activities.
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a mesmerizing botanical garden dedicated to the preservation of native plants and landscapes. The center offers workshops, courses, and tours on protection, conservation, and restoration of North American plants and landscapes.
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Night Life

6th Street - Austin

Austin's hearty thirst for live entertainment is quenched by 6th Street, lined with historic venues, restaurants, and galleries that tell the story of music from blues to punk in just seven blocks. Visit 6th Street and see what makes Austin "the live music capitol of the world".
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Hard Rock Cafe - Austin

The Hard Rock Cafe serves a spirited blend of good fun and rock 'n' roll with an atmosphere that pays homage to Austin's live music heritage. Check out the cafe's enormous outdoor mural, or just down a cold one and enjoy the show.
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Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Flight - Austin

One of the most unconventional attractions in Austin is the Congress Street Bridge Bat Flight that takes place every evening from March through November. Nearly 1.5 Million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from their roosts under the bridge during this event, which not only is incredible to witness, but also free.
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University of Texas Performing Arts Center - Austin

Witness some of the greatest performing artists in theater, music, and dance at the University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center. The center, dedicated to educating, enlightening, and entertaining audiences, attracts artists from around the globe.
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Entertainment

Vanishing Texas River Cruise - Burnett

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Colorado River on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise. Relax on the tranquil "Wildflower Cruise" or tour and taste on one of the local winery cruises.
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Dell Diamond - Round Rock

Catch the hard-hitting Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond and experience the finest in AA affiliate baseball. A great place for the entire family, the Dell Diamond also features a swimming pool, hot tub, children's play area, and picnic area.
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Teravista Golf Club - Round Rock

Sharpen your game at the championship Teravista Golf Club located in Round Rock. The beautiful 7,000 yard public course is ideal for both novice and experienced players.
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Riverside Golf Course - Austin

For over half a century the Riverside Golf Course has inspired golfers from its humble location in a wooded area near downtown Austin. Designed by renowned architects J. Press and Perry Maxwell in 1950, this public course offers a putting green, carts and club rental.
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Amusement

Inner Space Caverns - Georgetown

Peer into the past through the miraculous cave formations of the Inner Space Caverns. The Inner Space Caverns are a paleontological wonder packed with fascinating remnants of ancient life.
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Reunion Ranch - Georgetown

Reunion Ranch has a Texas-sized solution for those in search of an unconventional venue for gatherings, special events, and receptions. Nestled in native hill country North of Austin, Reunion Ranch offers facilities and activities for guests of all ages.
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Zilker Metropolitan Park - Austin

Zilker Metropolitan Park isn't your typical neighborhood park. It's a 351 acre natural haven that features a variety of gardens, exhibits, trails, a science center, natural spring-fed pool, theater, and museum. Take advantage of Austin's mild climate and explore the wide variety of recreational activities offered at Zilker Metropolitan Park.
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Austin Zoo - Austin

Get a close-up look at the more than 400 different animals on exhibit at the Austin Zoo. Children and adults can also learn about the zoo's unique approach to animal care through rescue, rehabilitation, and habitat preservation in its family-friendly environment.
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Shopping

Lakeline Mall - Cedar Park

Lakeline Mall is a shopping paradise featuring more than 150 specialty stores immersed in dazzling architectural elegance. The mall is home to Dillard's, Foley's, JCPenney, Mervyn's, Sears, a 9-screen theater, and several restaurants.
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The Candle Factory - Georgetown

With over 300 types of candles in 50 colors and fragrances, The Candle Factory provides the largest selection of candles in Austin. Choose from hand-dipped tapers, machine-made pillars, molded decorative pillars, and novelty candles.
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La Frontera Village - Austin

Shop the specialty boutiques and enjoy a unique dining experience at one of La Frontera Village's specialty restaurants. One-of-a-kind stores, distinctive fashion, and other exclusive offerings adorn this upscale shopping mecca.
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Barton Creek Square Mall - Austin

A myriad of shops and restaurants at Barton Creek Square Mall cater to shoppers of all types, from high-end connoisseurs to bargain seekers. This newly-expanded mall has become Austin's largest with stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Dillard's, Old Navy, Gap, Garden Botanika and California Pizza Kitchen.
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Highland Mall - Austin

The innovative design of Highland Mall offers a rich selection of stores and restaurants to satisfy the cravings of almost any shopper. Stores such as Foley's, Dillard's, JCPenney, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, and the Disney Store are anchored at Highland Mall.
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