Thousands of guests come each year to the Lake Travis, Texas area each year for one reason: beautiful Lake Travis! But while you’re boating, swimming, fishing, and doing a number of other water sports, remember that the Lake Travis and Austin, Texas area is chock full of other great attractions.
State Capital
Check out a bit of Texas history, government, and pride (not to mention architecture) at the granite statehouse in Austin. Free guided tours are offered throughout the week.
Capital Visitors Center
The visitor’s center is housed in the historic General Land Office Building and offers a great view of Texas history through a number of exhibits and videos.
Inner Space Caverns
It’s not quite spelunking, but with easy trails and a year-round temperature of 72 degrees, it’s cave exploring at its best and most comfortable.
Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
Whether you find them creepy or cool, the Congress Avenue Bridge Bats, the largest urban bat colony in North America, are not to be missed.
Volente Beach
Volente Beach club features a water park, a sandy beach on Lake Travis, a pirate boat, and a wading area for kids. You can also rent various types of boats here.
Zipping across incredible Canyons and Lake Travis inlets, your Lake Travis Zipline experience offers unmatched Thrills and Chills!
Flat Creek Estate crafts quality Texas Wines in the nearby and beautiful hill country!  Visit for wine tasting (Tues-Sun), and  brunch or lunch in the Bistro (Fri-Sun).  They also have other special events throughout the month. 
Austin Children’s Museum
If you have little ones in tow, a trip to the Austin Children’s Museum, which features robotic dinosaurs and an “Austin Kiddie Limits” music set,  is certainly order.
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm
This “living history” museum showcases life on a 19th century Texas farmstead.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The museum focuses on six decades of American history and reveals how LBJ and Lady Bird Johnson fit into those years.

Day Trips

You could happily spend your whole vacation on the shores of Lake Travis for a short drive away in beautiful Austin, Texas, but if you have a hankering to explore what else Texas has to offer, these areas make for great day trip destinations.
Bastrop, Texas is located just on the bend of the Colorado River and has over 130 restored homes and buildings. Walks in Bastrop are just spectacular; you’ll know why it’s called the “Most Historic Small Town in Texas.”  
Buda, Texas is best known for having a small town feel just 20 minutes from Austin, Texas. Come here for the architecture and the wonderful antiques.
Burnett, Texas was founded as a fort in the mid 1800s, and today it’s one of the loveliest towns in Hill Country. Visit the unique town square for top shopping and dining.
Visit Fredericksburg, Texas to get a taste of German heritage mixed with Texas pride.
Another beautiful central Texas town, Georgetown, Texas features breathtaking architecture, loving restored, and great shopping.
This whole town has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and when you visit you’ll see why. Step back in time and see authentic Texas.
Johnson City
Johnson City, Texas is home to LBJ’s boyhood home, a ranch owned by his grandfather, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historic Park.
Kerrville, Texas is a lovely town in the heart of Texas hill country. Take a dip in the Guadalupe River, check out the rodeo, or just take in the lovely scenery.
Luckenbach, Texas is a step back in time and totally worth a visit to experience the old Texas. The town general store has been standing since 1849! Hit the dance hall for a country good time.
Marble Falls
Visit Marble Falls, Texas for its beautiful rolling hills and lush natural beauty, including ample fields of bluebonnets.