Have a Capitol Day
Capitol idea for an outing – an insider’s view of
the capitol of the great Lone Star State. Enjoy a look into where
our Texas legislature meets, and learn the history of our government
and about some of the famous and infamous Texas politicians who have
walked these hallowed halls.
tour offers a stop at the State Capitol Building and Visitors Center.
The State Capitol Building, which was completed in 1888,
is currently the third building to serve as the Capitol. It was constructed
of red granite taken from Granite Mountain near Marble Falls, Texas
and modeled after the classical style of our Nation’s Capitol.
The height of the dome is 309 feet, over seven feet higher than the
United States Capitol. We will also drive by The Governor’s
Mansion. This is one of the oldest buildings in the complex, completed
in 1856, and one of the oldest in the city.
history of the Ransom Center officially began in 1957, when the
U.T. Vice President and Provost Harry Huntt Ransom founded the
Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Today its major emphasis is on the study of culture of the United
States, Great Britain and France. The Center’s collections
contain some 30 million leaves of manuscripts, over one million rare
books, five million photographs, photographic equipment and 100,000
works of art. Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible (circa 1455)
the world’s first photograph (circa 1826), important paintings
by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The Center is used extensively for
research by scholars from around the world and offers ever-changing
exhibitions and events.
lunch-on-your-own, we will head to Congress Avenue, crossing the
river to legendary Hill’s Café for a Texas lunch
under 100 year-old oak trees. Open since 1947, the atmosphere is
only matched by the great home cooking! The Musician’s Museum
is an extra treat, almost as good as dessert!
Texas Legends & Lore
really is bigger in Texas - if you don't believe it, just asks
a Texan. We begin with the Story of Texas, The Bob
Bullock Texas State History Museum. A most magnificent museum honoring
the memory of one of Texas’ legendary politicians, Bob Bullock,
as well as paying tribute to the deep love he had for his home state!
This museum exemplifies the bigger than life persona of Texas and
Texans. There are a variety of fun and whimsical displays that depict
Texas Valor, Vision, Pride, Perseverance, Swagger and Showmanship!
We will experience
the Texas Spirit Theatre located on the second floor which is a
multimedia event entitled “The Star of Destiny”.
Your guests will feel the fury of the hurricane that rocked the Gulf
Coast, experience the heat of the explosions that flattened the entire
city and their hearts will rumble with the lightening and thunder
from the Texas prairie lands. The ghost of Texas’ history leads
you through a one-of-a-kind adventure.
The museum is
also home to the best lil’ kitchen in the Lone
Star State, The Story of Texas Café, where tasty snacks and
mighty fine lunches are the fare.
Texas Legend than the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson? The
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of
Texas Campus houses Johnson’s desire to “show the facts,
not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures too”.
This incredible facility is one of eleven Presidential libraries
administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Displays include the landmark Civil Rights Programs, the war in Vietnam
and many other historical events which took place during the Johnson
Shop 'til you Drop!
shopping is your bag, then this tour is as good as it gets! Our
first stop, Prime Outlets at San Marcos, offers more – more
brands, more selection and more value! The Center’s inviting
landscaping and hacienda-style architecture make shopping in the
more than 115 most famous name-brand outlets a buyer’s bliss!
Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the 15 restaurants in the center.
With names such as Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, SAS Shoes, Coach, Dooney
and Bourke, Gap and Samsonite to name just a few, a day of sensational
shopping is a sure thing! Whether shoes, clothing, the perfect wedding
gift or a treasure, you’re sure to find it here!
a very different kind of shopping experience, we move on to Gruene,
(pronounced “Green”) a turn-of-the-century cotton
farming community located on the banks of the Guadalupe River. This
quintessential Texas town offers an assortment of antique and specialty
shops, restaurants and even its own wine tasting venue. Enjoy a slower
pace and investigate a treasure trove of wares at your fingertips.
Stop in to visit Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, having
had many country-singing stars and legends perform there over the
years. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle
Lovett are some of the well-known singers who’ve played here. A
complete list of the singers is displayed inside the Hall which is
still the best place to scoot a boot!