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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Wine Tasting Options
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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.
Porter, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Included the National Historic Site”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Entrance to both areas is through the State Park. The state park has a farm that is actually in use as a farm. That alone is worth the trip to see equipment and facilities actually being used.

Visited May 2013
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“If you have not been to major historical government type places, this gives a little bit of it.”
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Have traveled and seen many other historical and government related places, so this seems to be not unique or as interesting for the kids. It is ok since free and if your traveling through it is fine. We did the auto tour which allowed for stops and going at your own pace witj a given cd that becomes your tour guide. Most interesting part for kids was to see the airplane the president used.

Visited May 2013
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Kerrville, Texas
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“good scenery”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Take a strole or just drive through. Awesome scenery. Well kept, clean with great pic-nick areas. Easy access and not out of the way.

Visited December 2012
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Bryan, Texas
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“Well Worth the Trip”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is a must for persons interested in presidential politics. We visited on a Sunday morning, which was ideal. After checking in at the first Visitors Center, where we got a vehicle pass and a CD which provided us a description of what we were to see while driving through the ranch, we drove past the old Trinity Lutheran Church and through the ranch, stopping at several points of interest, such as the Junction School, the reconstructed birthplace of the 36th President of the United States, and the Johnson Family Cemetery, where President and Mrs. Johnson are buried. We also passed by the Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., farmhouse, show barn, the airstrip, and the hangar, which houses one of the many Air Force One airplanes. Around 9:40 AM we arrived at the ranch’s Visitors Center, where we purchased tickets for a tour of the home. We walked around the Visitors Center, which was like a mini-museum, where we saw gifts the President would give out to visitors as well as a number of vehicles. At 10:00 AM a park ranger provided us a tour of the downstairs of the Texas White House, where phones and televisions were prevalent throughout. Sadly, photographs are no longer permitted inside the house. A tour of the house, provided by a knowledgeable park ranger, is a must.

Visited April 2013
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Fairfield, Iowa
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“Texas Whitehouse”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's not to often you get to see the inside of a former president's home. His house has been restored to what it looked like in the '60s when Johnson was president. It was surprising how modest the house was-it's large but decorated simply. When I visited Johnson's daughter Lucy was speaking to high school students and the event was open to the public; she gave a nice speech about life in the White House. The grounds are well maintained and cows roam free. It was an overall nice stop. It took a bit longer than expected, about 2.5 hours.

Visited April 2013
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