Must-see attractions in Central Texas

  • Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the Dark Sky area in available in USA. It is an amazing feelings to lie down on top of the hill and to watch at billions of stars. In this picture 3 person is enjoying the beauty of the universe while one can see the bright Jupiter in distance.

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    Hill Country

    A pink granite dome rising 425ft above the grasslands north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock cuts a striking but mild-mannered profile. At first glance,…

  • The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

    The Alamo

    San Antonio

    For proud Texans, the much-fabled Alamo, entered freely off San Antonio’s central plaza, is not so much a tourist attraction as a place of pilgrimage…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.

    River Walk

    San Antonio

    The River Walk is a 15-mile-long glorious network of waterside pathways that’s tucked below street level and lined with bars and restaurants. It's the…

  • Congress Avenue Bridge bats in Austin during sunset.

    Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge


    Austin is known as the capital of Texas quirk, so it shouldn't be surprising that it's a city tradition to sit on the grassy banks of Lady Bird Lake and…

  • San Antonio, Texas, United States, North America

    McNay Art Museum

    San Antonio

    This Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, 5 miles north of downtown and originally owned by artist Marion Koogler McNay, is spectacular. McNay's 700…

  • The Texas State Capitol with flower garden. It was completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin. It contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

    Texas State Capitol


    Completed in 1888 using sunset-red granite, Texas’ state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the familiar claim that everything’s bigger…

  • The Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas.

    Mission San José

    San Antonio

    Known in its time as the Queen of the Missions, San José is certainly the largest and arguably the most beautiful of all the sites on the Mission Trail…

  • A couple having an evening drink in front of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas USA

    San Fernando Cathedral

    San Antonio

    Founded in 1731, San Antonio’s cathedral ranks as the oldest church in Texas. On the edge of Main Plaza, its prime interest for modern visitors is as a…

  • Aerial view Downtown from Barton Creek in Greenbelt at Zilker Metropolitan Park south Austin with summer blue cloud sky. Located at eastern edge of Hill Country, Austin the state capital of Texas, US.

    Zilker Park


    This 350-acre park is a slice of green heaven, lined with hiking and biking trails. The park also provides access to the famed Barton Springs natural…

  • University of Texas Tower, Statue of George Washington, Austin, Texas, USA

    University of Texas at Austin


    Whatever you do, don't call it 'Texas University' – them's fightin' words, usually used derisively by Texas A&M students to take their rivals down a notch…

  • LBJ Ranch

    Hill Country

    Run by the National Park Service, the beautiful LBJ Ranch preserves the sites where Lyndon B Johnson was born, lived and died. Explored on a 7-mile…

  • Huge

    Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


    Big, glitzy and bursting with high-tech interactive exhibits, this showcase museum celebrates the story of the Lone Star State, from its earliest…

  • Lost Maples State Natural Area

    Lost Maples State Natural Area

    Hill Country

    The foliage spectacle in October and November at Lost Maples is as colorful as any in New England. In fall, big-tooth maple trees turn shocking golds,…

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


    Anyone with an interest in Texas' flora and fauna should make the 20-minute drive to the wonderful gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,…

  • Waterfall in Hamilton Pool Preserve grotto.

    Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Hill Country

    How gorgeous is the pool beneath Hamilton Creek, which spills over limestone outcroppings just upstream from the Pedernales River? Let's just say…

  • Foyer of Blanton Museum of Art.

    Blanton Museum of Art


    A big university with a big endowment is bound to have a big art collection, and now, finally, it has a suitable building to show it off properly. With…

  • San Antonio, Texas - May 19 2020: Six Flags FIesta Texas; Shutterstock ID 1735910405; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    San Antonio

    You don't have to be a kid to enjoy Fiesta Texas – this popular theme park has plenty of rides that you must be 'this tall' to enjoy. Of course, there are…

  • View from Mount Bonnell

    Mt Bonnell

    West Austin

    On the weekend, you might find yourself tiptoeing around a wedding ceremony at Mt Bonnell, the highest point in the city at 775ft. This pretty overlook…

  • Wildseed Farms

    Hill Country

    To admire vast cultivated fields of color – especially between March and April, when wildflowers like orange Indian paintbrushes, deep-purple wine-cups…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA - June 23rd, 2021: Japanese Tea Garden (also known as Chinese Tea Garden or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park)  view in summer

    Brackenridge Park

    San Antonio

    North of downtown near Trinity University, this 343-acre park is a great place to spend a family day. As well as the San Antonio Zoo, you'll find the…

  • Greetings from Austin Mural


    Well of course you're going to pull over and take a photo in front of this wall-sized postcard. It's awesome. The eye-catching mural adorns the southside…

  • Cave Without a Name

    Hill Country

    If your tour pauses while descending the 126 steps that lead into this cave, don't lean back. You might bump a sleeping bat! But no worries, they're…

  • Natural Bridge Caverns

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    About halfway between San Antonio and New Braunfels, this national landmark cave is one of the state’s largest underground formations. Its name comes from…

  • Spoetzl Brewery

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    The highlight of any trip to Shiner, the self-proclaimed 'cleanest little city in Texas,' is a free tour of the Spoetzl Brewery, where America's best…

  • National Museum of the Pacific War

    Hill Country

    The only US museum devoted exclusively to the Pacific War, in which over 100,000 American military personnel lost their lives, spreads through three sites…

  • Dinosaur Park

    Central Texas

    Prehistoric creatures walk the earth once more at the Dinosaur Park, halfway between Austin Bergstrom Airport and Bastrop. Well, they don't exactly walk,…

  • Mexic-Arte Museum


    This wonderful, eclectic downtown museum features works from Mexican and Mexican American artists in exhibitions that change every two months. Many are…

  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center


    The fascinating Ransom Center is a major repository of historic manuscripts, photography, books, film, TV, music and more. Highlights include a complete…

  • Louise Hays City Park

    Hill Country

    This 60-acre park may not be Kerrville's largest, but it's free and offers river access, shaded picnic tables, sports courts and barbecue pits. Also, as…

  • Becker Vineyards

    Hill Country

    Located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, just off US 290, this is one of the state's most decorated wine producers. Its vineyard has 36 acres of vines and…

  • I Love You So Much Mural


    This simple expression of devotion draws legions of photo-taking lovebirds. Spray-painted on the side of Jo's Coffee on South Congress, it now joins the…

  • San Antonio, TX - Aug 9th, 2019 : Atlantis, a water coaster ride at SeaWorld San Antonio Texas; Shutterstock ID 1490230949; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    SeaWorld San Antonio

    San Antonio

    SeaWorld San Antonio is home to both Shamu the 'killer' (orca) whale and Great White, an inverted 'heels-over-head' roller coaster. Loaded with…

  • San Antonio, Texas - 30 September 2019: The famous Buckhorn Saloon and Museum ; Shutterstock ID 1656105328; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

    San Antonio

    Waaaay back in 1881, when the Buckhorn Saloon first opened, the owner promised patrons a free beer or shot for any deer antlers they brought in. Although…

  • Historic Spanish Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas

    Mission Concepción

    San Antonio

    The first mission along the Mission Trail heading south from San Antonio, and part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site…

  • San Antonio, Texas - April 17th, 2019: Mission San Francisco De La Espada Catholic Church;  Mission Espada

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    Mission Espada

    San Antonio

    The southernmost mission on the Mission Trail and part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site is home to the oldest mission in the…

  • San Antonio botanical gardens. Architect: Emilio Ambasz

    San Antonio Botanical Gardens

    San Antonio

    This expertly tended, 38-acre garden complex showcases native Texas flora. There's also a rose garden and a wonderful conservatory, with a bit of…

  • San Antonio; Tower of the Americas

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    Tower of the Americas

    San Antonio

    San Antonio’s 750ft-high Tower of the Americas is a skyline-defining landmark left over from the 1968 World’s Fair. From the 579ft-high observation deck…

  • Intricate Intertwined Cypress Tree Roots with Beautiful Fall Foliage on the River at Guadalupe State Park, Texas; Shutterstock ID 168608633; Your name (First / Last): Emma Sparks; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Best_in_the_US_POIs

    Guadalupe River State Park

    Hill Country

    Thirty miles north of San Antonio, this exceptionally beautiful state park straddles a 9-mile stretch of the sparklingly clear, bald-cypress-tree-lined…