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“Enjoyable visit”

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
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$109.00*
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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Wine Tasting Options
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Stonewall
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visitors to this day use park can enjoy historical sites, picnicking, fishing, swimming, nature and wildlife viewing. As of May 2014, the park is home to part of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come. Be sure to visit the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farm, presented as it was in 1918. Interpreters wear period clothing, do the farm and household chores as they were done at that time, and conduct tours for the visitors. Located east of the visitor center, off the nature trail. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display. The Visitor Center is the focal point of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. It contains memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency and interactive displays about the land and people that shaped a president. Attached to the Visitor Center is the Behrens Cabin, a two-room dogtrot cabin built by German immigrant H. C. Behrens during the 1870s. The furnishings are typical of such homes in that period. Visitors can further explore the history of these immigrants by viewing the 1860s Danz family log cabin located just west of the Visitor Center. An auditorium in the visitor center complex will accommodate 234 persons for state performances or films. An outdoor amphitheater is used for a variety of programs. A nature trail, including a Hill Country botanical exhibit, winds past wildlife enclosures stocked with bison, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other native wildlife, and longhorn cattle. Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. The Annual LBJ Tree Lighting takes place in mid-December. Educational & Interpretive Programs Tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house lasts approximately an hour; group reservations are accepted. No entrance fee is required, but donation boxes are available. Individuals and families can take the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis.Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. Self-guided tours of the Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center. Among the sites on the Ranch are the one-room Junction School first attended by the four-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson in 1912, reconstructed birthplace and nearby Johnson family cemetery where the former President is buried, and the Texas White House. The drive also takes visitors through the pasturelands where Hereford cattle, descended from those owned by President Johnson, can be viewed. Self-guided tours of the LBJ Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center and are available daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the national park is closed. For more information & hours of operation, visit the LBJ National Historical Park web site. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. Natural Features The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo (American bison), longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

My kids and toured the working farm and LBJ ranch. It's a driving tour, with several stops. You can get a CD that tells you about what you are seeing. The historic working farm has cows, pigs, and chickens, as well as a garden. When we were there, they had just cooked a meal in the kitchen. The kids could feel how hot the kitchen was and also saw pans of milk from the cows, one that was fresh and one that was curdled (yogurt-like). After the farm we drove through the ranch. It's a pretty drive, that includes stops at the one-room school house were LBJ attended, a replica of the house he was born in, the cemetary where he and Lady Bird (as well as other people) are burried, the airstrip and jet that he flew on, several cars, and the "Texas white house." The house has been restored to the 60's decor. It is not that fancy or huge, but it was interesting to see how there were phones and tvs (the kind with onlly 13 channels) everwhere. Since I was a child at the time that LBJ was vice president and president, it was neat to see all that old stuff, though it now seems rather tacky!

Visited July 2012
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Kerrville, Texas
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“Nice afternoon w/LBJ”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

A great place to visit. We had the whole day to spend there and did. Nicely maintained, great docents/fellow travelers. Learned a lot.

Visited April 2012
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Enjoyed visit”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

No matter your political preference, this was a nice trip back in time. We enjoyed seeing the many acres, wildlife, houses and transportation. We were given a CD at the main office that gave us a "guided tour" around the area. Was a nice one time visit.

Visited May 2012
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Round Rock, Texas
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“Worth It!!”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This was an enjoyable trip. We first stopped at Johnson City, TX at the boyhood home of LBJ. Then proceeded on to the Lyndon Baines Johnson State Historic Park. The wildflowers were in bloom and it was beautiful out there. We took the Tour of the Texas White House and stopped by the Johnson family cemetery. I would recommend this stop. The cost is only $2.00 per person and well worth it.

Visited April 2012
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Victoria, TX
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“Tour of the Ranch and Texas White House”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

This was a really enjoyable experience. We started with the video at the visitor center, and then continued with a driving tour of the ranch. They provide a CD at the visitor center, and it guides you on the driving tour of the property, including the family cemetery, a replica of the birthplace, schoolhouse, etc. Admittance to the park is free, but there is a $2 per person fee to tour the Texas White House. Definitely worth it. We got to see much of the 1st floor, including the living room, dining room, LBJ and Lady Bird’s bedrooms & closets, the kitchen, his office, etc. The property is absolutely beautiful and of such great historical significance. Would definitely recommend!

Visited April 2012
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