Historic Sites

West End

Here's another sad-yet-inspiring Texas tale. This majestic oak, listed in the Hall of Fame of Forestry, is estimated to be between 500 and 600 years old. At one time, it stood three stories high with limbs spanning more than a half acre, but in...  Read More

Governor's Mansion

[Tours have been discontinued due to a June 2008 fire, and renovations are expected to extend till at least the fall of 2011; please call for more information.] Built around 1856, this Greek Revival mansion is listed on the National Register of...  Read More

University Area

[Tours of the tower have are temporarily suspended until Spring 2011 while the Tower undergoes renovations.] This 307-foot Spanish Renaissance landmark at the heart of campus has four clock faces (each measuring 12 feet in diameter) and chimes...  Read More

Paramount and State Theatres

The historic State and Paramount Theaters merged in 2000, forming the Austin Theatre Alliance. The Paramount shows films in addition to staging plays and concerts, while the State features drama, dance, comedy, and music productions. Both venues...  Read More

O. Henry Museum

Housed in this museum is memorabilia relating to short-story writer William Sydney Porter, who lived in Austin and took the nom de plume, O. Henry. The cottage in which Porter lived appears much as it did during the time he spent here from 1893...  Read More

A grand, red-granite edifice befitting the Lone Star state, this building was completed in 1888 in Renaissance Revival style. The nation's largest state capitol, Austin's landmark can be seen from throughout the city, and its visual prominence...  Read More

This 22-acre cemetery, a popular place to visit, offers a glimpse into the state's colorful history. Many famous Texas sons and daughters have been laid to rest here, including former Governor John Connelly, Barbara Jordan, and Stephen F....  Read More