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  • MelissaWP
    Shorewood, IL381 contributions
    We started our visit by stopping at the visitors' center to read everything and watch the film on the second floor. We headed over to the massively large capitol building to participate in a free 45 minute tour, which was good, but not as informative or impressive as the recent 1 hour tour I had in Denver, CO to be honest. We also walked around and looked at everything inside as time allowed. We ended our visit by strolling around outside to soak in the beautiful well manicured grounds and historical statues.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • avalawn
    USA277 contributions
    This is a gorgeous place to visit. You can see a very pretty skyline and walk the paths. There is also a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn located nearby. It is a good location to park by to see Austin by foot.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • lalal54
    Austin, TX7 contributions
    Here’s what you need to know about Barton Springs: only water is allowed. Only water is allowed. NO FOOD, NO SMOKING/VAPING, NO ALCOHOL, NO MUSIC. (Unless IT’s an instrument you can actually play like an
    acoustic guitar). Small speakers and your phone don’t count - you need to be an actual musician or at least attempting to be one if you want to play music here. Austinites are picky about this because, well we are used to good musicians and someone that can play in tune and knows the difference between a C chord and an F chord. Or as Willie once said “we tune because we care”.

    Barton Springs is very special to locals. They will say something to you or turn you in if you are breaking the rules. Btw-You will be immediately asked to leave if busted with booze. Why? Because of the pandemic the pool is shortstaffed. People drown in this pool. The guards don’t have time to deal with someone who’s even possibly intoxicated. It is easier to tell you to leave. Alcohol is illegal on city parkland. The guards are there to save lives. Again, people have drowned in this pool. Not many but it is not an easy pool to guard. This is not a clear bottomed, chlorinated pool. There are turtles crawfish and regular fish living in a natural environment. Don’t be a foo l and drink here. It’s too dangerous. Guards aren’t paid enough to patrol the people who try to get away with breaking the rules. They are there to save your life.

    Why no food? Fire ants and rats which lead to the snakes. Byw-If you like snakes keep an eye peeled you may see a coral or water snake. They are beautiful. but just let them be. Again, this is a natural area. Do not interfere. As well, clean up your area when leave of trash, hair ties, change. People leave little bits of trash then the ducks, turtles and other wildlife eat them and it can make them very sick or worse.

    This is a natural spring fed pool. The bottom is mossy there’s algae floating around. If you’re not comfortable with nudity or need a cleaner environment it might be best to stay at the hotel pool. You will smell cannabis even though it is also not allowed. If you don’t know how to swim, or you have a child who needs life preservers then know they are only allowed in the shallow end or at the very deepest end where it is not so crowded that a guard can’t see the bottom for a body. Life preservers, water wings are never allowed in areas near the diving board. It’s slippery and a person can fall and slide right on into the deep end of the pool without even realizing it. It gets crowded in that area the guards can’t see everything.

    Again, no food, no alcohol, no smoking vaping, only water. Respect this beautiful place. Respect the Austinite who works hard at the pool and the volunteers that try to help keep it clean.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • LyssaLeigh
    Willow Grove, PA44 contributions
    We went here on our last full day in Austin. It was a bit cloudy but still had a blast! Great view!!
    Written May 20, 2022
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  • NFC
    London, UK71 contributions
    I didn’t know much about the presidential libraries being European until my American boss very sensibly suggested I go and have a look.

    Wow are the words I’d use this is a master stroke to present each president in this way is awe inspiring and everything we think and dream of the US. This is the best the US has to offer (along with many other things most notably NASA and the UN) it was a pleasure to visit I’ve since visited other presidential libraries and I’ll put it on my bucket list to visit them all.

    It was an honour Thankyou for sharing this with the world I only wish it was better known to tourists visiting.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Carl R
    Portland, OR651 contributions
    We love museums and have very high expectations. This was great! Friendly staff, very well curated. Fun for curious kids. Representational of all cultures and covered everything from cowboys to Indians to the oil business and even the Alamo. Highly recommended for those interested in real history. Bravo!
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • avalawn
    USA277 contributions
    Amazingly Stunning inside. The inside of this place was like taking a step back in time. The food here was also delicious. The most awesome turkey club ever and delicious eggs and potatoes. The customer service was good but not overly friendly for a tourist spot. I cannot wait to return to stay here longer.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • LyssaLeigh
    Willow Grove, PA44 contributions
    This was such a neat experience. My husband enjoyed himself. I don't like birds in general so I was not a huge fan but I am glad I went and experienced. Got some great shots of the city at night!
    Written May 20, 2022
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  • TexasCouple_24
    Dallas, TX182 contributions
    Amazing grounds that show native Texas plants and flowers. Lots of areas for kids to explore. We took the tour which took about 1 hour. It was filled with great information on plants and history behind the Wildflower Center.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • Morris
    Lancaster, PA770 contributions
    This is definitely a part of Austin not to miss if your visiting for the first time. The varied architecture makes it worth a visit alone even without all of the great shopping, place to eat and drink and people watching.
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • Courtney C
    Lampasas, TX6 contributions
    This place was really cool. Lots of hands on experiences for the kids. Stingrays, lemurs, iguanas, sharks, touch tanks, turtles, chickens and more. My kids really liked the interactiveness of this aquarium versus others we’ve been to. It did have a pretty fishy odor, but it IS and aquarium. I did think cleanliness was lacking. Most tanks were very dirty. Even saw trash in one and a pressed penny in another. Kind of sad for the animals to live like that. The staff seemed knowledgeable but lots of waiting time to see the more popular animals. Strict rules…My 6 year old stood up and touched the tail of a lemur (moderate adhd child) and got “kicked out” of the exhibit. Overall, it was a good trip, but this place could definitely improve for the price.
    Written June 21, 2021
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  • ttiottn1
    Ohio296 contributions
    Nice urban park with lots of parking, lots of open spaces and plenty of walking paths. The pool was closed the Thursday we went and the train was not working but it was still worth the visit. And parking was free during the week (pay on weekends, holidays and special events).
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • RollTideRollAZ
    Peoria, AZ546 contributions
    Stopped here while in Austin and took very short walk to lower falls and upper falls areas. People were frolicing in the water. Plenty of parking available.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • Kelly
    Georgia163 contributions
    This is a fun area with lots of food and shopping options. There are wall murals throughout.
    Make sure to wear sunscreen or bring a hat- not much shade.
    Written May 15, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Kayla G
    Bloomington-Normal, IL20 contributions
    We really enjoyed our time here with our 5 year old! The areas were spacious and filled with great opportunity for play. The staff seemed to be more concerned with correcting masks instead of watching for toys that kids put in their mouth which was annoying. My husband and I kept seeing drooly toys put back into bins and running over to separate them.
    Written October 14, 2021
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