Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Austin, Texas USA
February 16, 2014

Austin Attractons

Being the capital city of Texas, Austin is home to the Texas State Capitol building, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Built in the late 19th century in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the Capitol Building is one of the best classic architectural works in Texas. Visitors can walk the building's Downtown grounds and explore more than 20 statues commemorating important figures and events. Housed in a castle-like building, the Capitol Visitors Center invites tourists inside for historic exhibits and other information.

Austin tourists with a curiosity about local and state history can explore the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Located at the corner of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the museum presents Texas history through exhibits spread out on three levels. The interactive exhibits consist of Land, Identity, and Opportunity sections that feature life-size figures, diverse artifacts, and themed period settings. The museum also offers plenty of more fun visual education and entertainment in the Texas Spirit Theater, Star of Disney Theater, and the city's only IMAX Theater. Anyone visiting the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum must also take a picture near the 35 foot tall sculpture of the Lone Star, the iconic symbol of Texas.

The University of Texas at Austin is home to some of the city's best attractions and cultural scenes. The 423 acre university campus invites visitors to explore natural history at the Texas Natural Science Center. The center's Memorial Museum presents fascinating exhibits about wildlife, dinosaurs, and other anthropology themes.

Also part of the University of Texas at Austin, the Blanton Museum boasts some of the best collections of fine art in the capital city of Texas. Visitors can enjoy world renowned artwork from Europe, North America, and South America. Altogether, the museum has more than 18,000 items that mostly include paintings, prints, and drawings from the past few centuries. The university's Harry Ransom Center offers more great collections of artwork, photographs, literature, media, and digital collections that are worth exploring for tourists. The Harry Ransom Center is in possession of one of the 21 original copies of the Gutenberg Bible.

One of the most notable attractions at the University of Texas at Austin and the entire city is the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. With a seating capacity of more than 100,000, the stadium is the one of the biggest sports venues in Texas and North America. Texas Longhorn football is not just a university team sport, but it is an entire local culture in Austin. Additionally, there is the opportunity to cheer on other Texas Longhorn teams in world class venues. The 18,000 seating capacity Erwin Center is home to the university's basketball team, and the indoor arena also hosts other special events in the city. The Disch-Falk Field invites more than 6,500 fans to cheer on the Longhorn baseball team. Other major sporting venues at the university include the Mike A. Meyers Stadium and Gregory Gymnasium.

Austin offers more exciting sports action with several minor league teams. The Dell Diamond ballpark is home to the Round Rock Express team of the Pacific Coast League. The Cedar Park Center hosts the Austin Toros (basketball) and Texas Stars (ice hockey.)