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Art and wildflowers

Blanton Museum of Art - The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin is one of the country's premier university art museums. It has the largest and most extensive art collection in central Texas. The museum welcomes and engages all visitors by providing personal experiences beyond the commonplace that unites art and ideas and extends within and beyond the University of Texas campus to stimulate the thriving, creative community found in Austin, Texas.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre - The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre at the University of Texas in Austin is a 113 hectare public garden that’s purpose is to enhance the sustainable use and protection of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The Wildflower Centre, founded by Mrs. Johnson and actor Helen Hayes in 1982, maintain their hopes of preserving the beauty and regional identity of natural landscapes. In the centre there are many acres of gardens filled with wildflowers from Texas, award winning architecture, nature trails, a cafe and a gift shop.

Austin grows

The Texas state capital of Austin, located in the middle of eastern Texas, was originally called Waterloo. The city, inhabited mainly by German, Swedish and Mexican immigrants, grew as the rail system was introduced. In 1896, Driscoll Hotel became the first hotel to welcome visitors to the area. After a fire destroyed the building, it was decided that the site would be the site of a new structure, which would become the capital building.

Hotels in Austin's different districts

When planning a holiday in Austin you will discover that there are a variety of central Austin hotels with options ranging from luxury hotels to romantic hotels to pet-friendly hotels and boutique hotels. If you are considering booking one of the best hotels in Austin, you'll find that suites are offered in many of the packages available.

Choose from a wide range of things to do in Austin throughout the year. There is something new every month during the year, and Austin specializes in art, music and family activities.

Visit the city in July and attend the 4th of July celebrations with fireworks and symphonies. See the sky shine over Lady Bird Lake. For food and wine enthusiasts, the Austin Food and Wine Festival takes place in April.

From the airport it’s easy to reach hotels throughout Austin. There are over 6,000 hotel rooms in the city centre and business travellers will find that the conference centre is only a short distance away. After visiting a trade fair you can walk down Sixth Avenue and discover intimate restaurants specializing in food from all over the world. Parkside received the award as one of Bon Apetit's top ten restaurants in 2009 using simple ingredients to create edible artwork.

If you are looking for activities for the whole family, the Austin Zoo is a haven for animals, housing over 100 species. The animal park, located along the Rawhide trail, is well run and carries out rescue services. Bring your kids on a tour of historic Austin by jumping on the Austin Steam Train at Saltillo Plaza and look out for special entertainment throughout the year. After a hard day’s exploring you can relax in one of the many resorts with a swimming pool.