|One of many features in|
Zilker Botanical Garden
|Stevie Ray Vaughan overlooks|
Lady Bird Lake in Austin.
On the south side, you’ll see the famous statue of deceased blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who still inspires countless wannabe musicians. Thousands of professional and amateur kite-flyers enjoy competitions every spring; other attractions include summer outdoor theatrical performances and musical events, mile-long pedestrian holiday Trail of Lights and spectacular Christmas tree, and collegiate rowing competitions on Town Lake.
|Outdoor sculptures at Umlauf|
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 4801
bursts with gorgeous wildflower displays along roadsides of Texas, thanks to
persistent efforts of Lady Bird Johnson. La Crosse
The Wildflower Center (now under the
auspices of University of Texas) honors her dedication to highway
beautification by promoting research and growth of native plants and providing
a scenic viewpoint for visitors. Linger
on serene limestone porches or stroll paths that meander around gardens,
waterfalls, and open fields of flowers.
|A variety of wildflowers bloom at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin|
|Spectacular bat flight in Austin|
When the bridge was constructed over Town Lake in 1980, no one imagined that bats would consider crevices under the bridge to be a perfect roosting place, but the bridge now shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. Once thought to be a nuisance, the bats soon gained honorary status as people realized that they eat up to 30,000 pounds of insects on their nightly flights.
|Mount Bonnell is a favorite scenic spot|
for both locals and visitors.
Laguna Gloria. Visit renowned Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, and enjoy art as well as beautifully landscaped grounds and an historic villa on Lake Austin. Stroll this iconic lakeside destination, which is often the site of outdoor sculptures and displays.Numerous hiking trails are scattered throughout Austin in parks and other venues. Since central Texas is known for its hills and rivers, you can find more outdoor fun within an hour's drive from the city.
|The historic mansion at Laguna Gloria|
Photos by Beverly Burmeier