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“You Can Tour LBJ's Home”

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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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From San Antonio
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Stonewall
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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.
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“You Can Tour LBJ's Home”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Lynn and I had been at LBJ's home in Stonewall Texas in the mid 80s, but at the time all that you could do was drive by it and see his Lincoln Continentals behind plastic in the garage. During the last decade the house has been open to the public. We did a tour with a National Park guide who gave us really good insight into how LBJ used this house to entertain dignitaries. We saw all of the downstairs bedrooms and offices and the swimming pool. The 6 upstairs bedrooms are not open to the public. You can also drive around the property and view the Johnson family cemetery and see Johnson's collection of Lincolns and Air Force One airplane which is in a hanger on the property. We are glad that we returned to the Ranch.

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Ranch Experience”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is the second time we have toured the ranch, but the first time we got to go inside the house and walk around the grounds. We really enjoyed the whole Johnson/ranch experience, and we learned so much about our former president and his family.

Visited October 2012
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Austin TX
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“excellent”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

nice 7 mile loop bike ride, very friendly and informative rangers, saw a side of LBJ that made me realize that what I had been taught was not telling the entire story...he was a great president, just got bad advice regarding Vietnam

Visited July 2013
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Vidor, Texas
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“Learn about the former President.”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

I didn't know much about LBJ prior to this visit other than he was President when JFK was shot and that he had a ranch. This visit paired with the one of his childhood home 20 mins down the road in Johnson City, actually sparked my interest in learning more. It was a beautiful drive, saw lots of deer, and the best part was going inside the Texas White House. Loved the three tvs in each room! well worth the time

Visited July 2013
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Enterprise, Alabama
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“A nice surprise”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to LBJ's ranch. You can purchase a CD which guides you through the ranch. The tour ends with a ranger led tour of the ranch house. You also can visit the schoolhouse he attended, gravesite, birthplace, and show barns. This is still a working ranch so you can see cattle, deer, horses, and other animals. His airplane, which he call Air Force 1/2, is also on display. This was a good lead-up to my visit of his library in Austin the next day.

Visited July 2013
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