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The Best Museums to Visit in Austin

Austin is loaded with amazing culture and that includes some amazing museums. But which ones are the best? We thought you’d never ask! That’s why we put together this blog of the best museums to visit in Austin.

Let’s start at the Mexic-Arte Museum. The Mexic-Arte experience begins before you walk in the door, with its north wall lined with murals that celebrate Latino figures and iconography. That mission to showcase traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino art and culture continues inside the historic building, with wooden planked floors that squeak pleasingly underfoot. Mexic-Arte’s curators comfortably straddle a commitment to old and new, with an annual exhibition devoted to emerging talent and an all-inclusive back gallery space devoted to community projects.

Next up, we strongly suggest you head to the Blanton Museum of Art. Set at the south corner of the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art blends in beautifully with the classical architecture, and the effect carries over into the museum’s interior. The ground-floor atrium houses Teresita Fernández’s permanent wall installation, “Stacked Waters” – 950m of shimmering stripes of blue. Close your eyes, and you’d swear you could hear the Mediterranean lapping softly, but you’ll want to keep them open to take in the Blanton’s impressive collection. The two-story main building includes wings devoted to European paintings (with an emphasis on Renaissance and Baroque art), modern American and Latin American Art, and contemporary art.

Also on our list of the best museums to visit in Austin is the Harry Ransom Center. The first-floor gallery rotates materials from the archive – recent shows include a retrospective on futurist Norman Bel Geddes and a photographic history of basketball – while permanent exhibits include a complete Gutenberg Bible, the first-ever photograph, a chronicle of the Center’s first 50 years, and a regularly updated showcase of books based on HRC research materials.

Finally, the Mondo Gallery makes our list. You won’t find Mondo’s name on its Hyde Park storefront, just its distinctive serpentine insignia, which seems rather fitting for the gallery arm of the Austin-born-and-bred Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, regularly named the “coolest movie theatre in America.” You can cross the length of this converted bungalow inside of a minute, but genre film lovers will want to linger at Mondo’s mix of archival movie posters and limited-edition screen prints that put new spins on pop culture.

You can find even more amazing options for the best museums to visit in Austin here. So what are you waiting for? Get out and drink in some of the most amazing culture we have right here in Austin!


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The Best Places for a Picnic near Cedar Park

Cedar Park is a beautiful town and filled with some great places to get out and picnic. But wait a moment – if you don’t know which the best places are, how are you gonna find them? Well that’s why we put this blog together – it’s all about the best places for a picnic in Cedar Park!

First on our list is the McKinney Falls State Park located at 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway. With a $6 per person entry fee, McKinney Falls has great picnicking areas along with hiking, biking and swimming. Beautiful scenery awaits with an amazing waterhole. Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lays within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park – so what are you waiting for?

Next up on our list of the best places for a picnic is Zilker Park at 2100 Barton Springs Road. There’s so much on offer here: running, swimming, dog walking, kayaking. There’s lots of green space to enjoy and comes with a great view of Downtown. Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered “Austin’s most-loved park” and at 351-acres is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for individuals and families. It also comes with botanical gardens, a spring-fed pool, a nature & science center, and a sculpture garden so there’s LOTS to soak in.

Have you picnicked at the Texas State Capitol? It’s ranked as the #1 tour option in Austin, surrounded by approximately 22 acres. In 1993, the completion of the Capitol Extension created an entirely new setting for the north side of the Capitol. The 1995-96 restoration of the historic South Grounds returned the park-like setting to its 1888-1915 appearance and updated vital systems such as fire protection, water-conserving irrigation, lighting and accessible walkways. So put a picnic together and head out there!

Also on our list of best places for a picnic is Covert Park at Mt. Bonnell. With stunning views of Lake Travis, it takes 102 short steps to get there – but it’s totally worth it. It’s romantic, scenic – and they even have some picnic tables on hand.  You will love it!

And there you go! Some of the best places for a picnic right here around Cedar Park. Send us some pictures of you having fun there!