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“Lovely Park”

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is a beautifully maintained park with much to do and see. Your family will thoroughly enjoy it. Bring your camera, as there are tons of great photos to be taken. Made me proud to be a Texan!

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is just a fantastic trip, no matter what your age. What a wonderful bit of important American history. From seeing what the US was like just a little over 100 years ago when LBJ was born (and you can visit a working farm that was down the road from his birthplace), to the "Texas White House" it's a lovely way to spend a day. On top of that, if you DON'T go inside the Johnsons' home, it's FREE (and even to go into the home is a nominal $3/person fee). They give you a CD to pop into your car that is a guided tour as you drive around the ranch. The cars/airplane (Airforce one) were a big hit with our son - as was the working farm. All in all, a great way to spend a lovely day in the Hill Country. While you're there, take the drive on in to Fredericksburg - a jewel of a town with wonderful shops and places to eat. And there are all of these wineries on the road into Fredericksburg - so plenty to do.

Thank Jeanne H
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We were surprized at how much we were able to see. The self-guided tour was easy with the map and CD given to us at the Visitor Center. The tour was very well done and included recordings made by the President and the First Lady. The family cemetery and gravesites of the Pres. and Mrs. Johnson seemed like a quiet country cemetery that could be found anywhere was quite a contrast to the sprawling "Texas White House" with the presidential jet and luxury cars just down the road! The house has been restored to the way it was during Johnson's presidency and a $3 ticket gets a quick tour with basic information of the main floor. There is not much time to really look at things, but the tour guides answer questions. Groups are moved through the house quickly, but you can take as much time as you want wandering around the property, seeing the oak tree under which Johnson held meetings (one quarter of his presidency was spent here so the run way was well used by those meeting with him here rather than in Washington), the river bank where barbecues with top entertainment for up to 1500 people were held, the garages with glass sides providing easy viewing of Johnson cars etc. Very interesting were the cement slabs on which guests to the ranch "wrote" their names. It was fun finding names of other presidents, politicans, entertainers, astronauts etc. Our only downer was leaving the park at closing time when we stopped almost at the gate, hoping to take a quick final picture from the car. A car with a guide pulled up beside us and told us to leave immediately as she was locking the gate and we would have to call 911 to get out! That took more time than it would have for us to take the picture - and left us feeling a little less enthused about the experience. There are also very good exhibits etc. at the visitors' center.

Thank Betty668988
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Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Especially enjoyed the tour of the Johnson White House. Amazed at how modest the accommodations were. The tour guides are happy to answer questions, so be sure to ask. It's was fun hearing about the personal side of LBJ & Lady Bird and some of their quirks.

Thank papergirl60
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a must see stop in the Hill Country. One can't deny that LBJ came to rise during a controversial time in history (Vietnam, racial equality) and you can't get away from the fact that he was a character! This tour takes you through his one room school house, where he loved to learn and was influenced later in life to push for education legislation. The pioneer farm is a working farm, complete with animals and volunteers in period dress, performing period tasks. The ranch is a working ranch. You see family homes, cabins, a show barn with livestock, airplane hangar, cattle herd, and you get to tour his personal residence, the Texas White House.The home has been meticulously restored to look as it did during LBJs presidency. Even though the home was modernized, Lady Bird kept the furnishings appliances, linens, and art work so that the home could go back in time upon their deaths. This self guided tour comes with a perfectly time audio CD to take you through the sights (provided you drive the posted speed limit!). The Texas White House tour is ranger guided and costs an extra $3 per adult. Well worth it. Great for all ages.

Thank TexTravelChick
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