Must-see attractions in Central Texas

  • Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park

    Austin

    Home to a disc golf course, tennis courts, a playground and hiking trails, this South Austin fave is just over a mile west of I-35 (exit Slaughter Lane).

  • Riverside Nature Center

    Hill Country

    Near the river, at the south end of downtown, the center has walking trails, a wildflower meadow and Guadalupe River access.

  • This landmark image depicts Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Antonio, Texas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1731 by Spanish colonist along the banks of the San Antonio River.

    Mission San Juan

    San Antonio

    Completed in 1756, the surviving church at this somber mission site is open. Although the mission was originally founded in east Texas in 1716, it was…

  • Texas Memorial Museum

    Austin

    We all know how kids feel about dinosaurs, and this natural history museum is the perfect place for them to indulge their fascination. Look up to see the…

  • Texas State Cemetery

    East Austin

    Revitalized in the 1990s, the state's official cemetery is the final resting place of key figures from Texan history. Interred here are luminaries…

  • Contemporary Austin

    Austin

    This museum operates two separate sites. The Jones Center, downtown, features rotating exhibits representing new artists, spreading through two gallery…

  • Mayfield House & Nature Preserve

    West Austin

    Did somebody say peacocks? Kids will love gawking at these showy birds while exploring the riverside trails and grounds at this low-key park beside Lake…

  • Cibolo Nature Center

    Hill Country

    East of Main St, this small park has rewarding nature trails that wind through native Texan woods, marshland and along Cibolo Creek. Check the website for…

  • Texas Transportation Museum

    San Antonio

    This modest, volunteer-run museum just northeast of the airport boasts full-size, miniature and indoor scale-model railroads. On the weekends hourly train…

  • Guadalupe Street City Park

    Hill Country

    Take a refreshing swim in the river at this spot, on the road behind the Inn of the Hills Resort. The water here is deep and not recommended for children…

  • Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

    Hill Country

    Step inside to catch the pulse of the Hill Country art scene. Located in the old post office, it frequently changes exhibits, which could include anything…

  • Schreiner Mansion

    Hill Country

    As you explore downtown, check out the opulent former residence of Charles Schreiner, the man who built half the town. The exterior stonework is…