Spring Break in Austin 2019
SPRING BREAK IN AUSTIN TEXAS
For 2019, between March 9 – 17 comes spring break in Austin Texas. There’s no better place to spend your Spring Break than in Austin. Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, your best friends or just that special someone, Austin has great attractions, restaurants and activities to suit everyone.
There is an abundance of outdoor activities that Austin has to offer. From activities in the lakes such as boating, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. There is also other activities out of the water as Austin has numerous hike and bikes trails and overlooks such as Mount Bonnell. Austin also host an active night life that the locals are familiar with. These include 6th Street, Rainy Street, and the Domain to name a few.
Check out a local blog for tons of ideas for a week long fun filled adventure.
100 Best Things to do in Texas
My good friend Jane Rogers wrote an excellent blog about the 100 Best Things to do in Texas. So check them out for some Austin favorites or anything else in the great state of Texas if you plan on venturing outside the city limits. Here are the top 10 best places to visit according to the article.
1. The Texas State Capitol
This magnificent building was completed in 1888, in downtown Austin. As well as housing the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature, it also houses the Office of the Governor.
True to Texan style the building is 302.64 feet high, the 6th tallest state capitol and taller than the US Capitol in Washington DC.
If there are special exhibits on display you may have to stand in line to enter, but mostly you will not have to wait to see inside.
2. The Space Centre, Houston
This is not only the leading science and space centre, but also to official visitor centre of NASA Johnson Space Centre.
It is home of Mission control and astronaut training. The centre was opened in 19921 and is one of the most visited attractions in the state.
There are over 400 permanent exhibits, with attractions, live shows, and theatres. Plan to spend the full day here. There is a café where you can get lunch.
3. Padre Island
This is the largest of the Texas barrier islands. It is also the largest barrier island in the world. You will find it along the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. You will know it by the pure white beaches at the south end.
The island is easily accessible by car, and there are several airports you can fly into, then rent a car.
There is a town on south padre island although it is sparsely populated, so if you choose to camp there, be sure to take provisions.
4. Sixth Floor Museum
You will find this museum on the 6th floor at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. It used to be the Texas School Book Depository.
The museum houses exhibits which deal with the life and death of president J.F. Kennedy, and this is the spot where according to investigations, Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president.
You will be able to learn all about that fateful day through films, photographs, and reports.
Plan on spending a half day here.
5. The Alamo
This mission is in San Antonio. It was originally called the Mission San Antonio de Valero and was founded in the 18th century. The mission was built to educate the American Indians.
The mission changed hands several times through the years, until it became the home of the 2nd Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, when it was given the name of Alamo. Several Texan soldiers were based there and were killed during the Battle of the Alamo.
Learn all about the mission and the battle that took place there.
Allow yourself at least a half day to see this.
6. Houston Zoo
You will the zoo in Hermann park, Houston. It is home to over 6,000 animals and is a very popular tourist attraction.
This is a great place to spend a full day with the family as there are plenty of unique and inspirational activities about the animals.
There is a restaurant where you can get lunch so plan on being there for the full day.
7. Lady Bird Lake
This used to be called Town Lake, and you will find it in Austin. The lake is named after the first lady of the US namely Lady Bird Johnson.
Be aware that swimming is not permitted on the lake, although there are many water activities such as hiking around the lake and rowing on the lake.
There is a boat rental company where you can rent boats and kayaks and spend time on the water.
8. Houston Museum of Natural Science
This science museum is located in Hermann Park, Houston. It was opened in 1909 and attracts over 2 million visitors each year.
The museum is laid out over four floors with exhibits, a Planetarium, a butterfly centre, and giant screen theatre.
This museum is one of the most popular in the US, so you can expect it to be busy during school holidays, but it is well worth a visit.
9. National Historical Park, San Antonio
This is one of five missions which were built in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. This is the 5th mission and the most well-known one. You will find it in downtown San Antonio.
The mission has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will not take longer than a half day to look around here, but the area is very interesting, so you may want to stay for longer.
10. Zilker Metropolitan Park
The Austin City Limits Music festival takes place here, as well as the Zilker Park Kite Festival so if possible plan your stay during those times.