6911 North Interstate Hwy. 35
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 617-4900
Fax: (512) 459-9274
Located to the north of Austin, the Gethsemane Lutheran Church was established in 1960, replacing the historical Lutheran church on Congress Avenue, in downtown Austin. The architecture of this 21st-century church is quite unique; while being modern in style, it blends in Gothic designs. Standing on a 10-acre (4.04-hectare) property, the church grounds include a charming garden, playgrounds for little ones and an educational center.
The simple architecture and native history highlight this former residence of Bettie Hamilton Woodburn, who resided in the house from 1909-1920. As the daughter of Andrew Jackson Hamilton, a provisional governor of Texas, she welcomed many notable Texans and world leaders into her home. Erected at 200 East 40th Street, the Woodburn House Bed & Breakfast has since been moved and reflects the American Arts and Crafts period. Tours by appointment only. Please call for available hours.
Established in 1979, the Little Walnut Creek Branch of Austin Public Library, has been functional ever since its inception. With a range of books across fields, it is mostly visited by locals in the area. A lot of events and local programs also keep taking place here, to entertain and engage the members. See website for upcoming schedule.
Technically, there are six Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin. The popular belief is that, if you're in Austin and you want to see a movie, this is the place to be; it's a theater where you can order drinks and food from a strong menu to be served to you during the film (the aisles are wide enough to accommodate dining tables). Arrive one hour prior to showtime to find a good seat and to start ordering if you're going to dine heartily here - last call is 45 to 30 minutes before the movie ends.
If you are looking to introduce yourself or your children to a little high-culture, the Austin Chamber Music Center is the place to go. The works of Beethoven and Bach permeate the air as you wander past the classrooms. During the summer, a two-week chamber music camp creates a fun kid-friendly environment for teaching the great composer's works to younger generations. Regular professional performances are also available for the avid chamber music fan. Call for details on enrollment and current events.
The Congregation of Beth Israel opened the first synagogue in Austin over 120 years ago. Jewish residents lived here for a generation with no formal site at which to worship. But in 1876, a pioneering group of about 30 Jewish citizens met with the Mayor to organize their Reformed Judaism congregation. The group was chartered in 1879, and construction was completed on the synagogue at 11th and San Jacinto in 1884. In 1953, a new site on Shoal Creek Boulevard was purchased to accommodate their significant growth. Construction was complete by 1956 and a stained glass filled sanctuary followed in 1967. The Torah used in this sanctuary was given by a woman who escaped Nazi persecution in Hungary.
Adams Hemphill Park is a lovely 10.13 acre park with basketball courts, sports field and picnic areas, and there are walking paths that afford views of aesthetically-pleasing homes in the area.
All Saints' Episcopal Church was built by Bishop George Herbert Kinsolving, who is buried in a crypt underneath the altar. Originally established as a chapel, this church served the members of Grace Hall, then a women's dormitory for the University of Texas. The chapel was given the designation of a church in 1909. Despite its close proximity to the UT campus, All Saints' attracts a varied congregation of singles and families alike, some driving from as far away as Buda to enjoy the warm atmosphere.
One of the most visited presidential libraries in the nation, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum is supplied with information regarding one of the most controversial times in United States history. Peeking inside the life of the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the LBJ tapes provide listeners the opportunity to learn about the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War. Along with the famous tapes, visitors can see a to-scale replica of the Oval Office, political memorabilia and more than 39 million pages of historical notes. Plan on a full day at this library and museum, but if you are a real history buff, you will barely scratch the surface of what this fantastic archive has to offer.
Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin is one of Texas' largest educational institutions. The original campus was laid out as only 40 acres (16.18 hectares), but today the university has expanded to much more. The University of Texas at Austin has earned numerous honors for both academics and athletics and offers a wide range of area to study. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered from areas including Business, Education, Communication, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering, Architecture and Law.
Standing 27 stories high, the University of Texas Tower (the main administrative building) is a fixture in the Austin skyline. It has been used by the school since 1882 and features stunning Victorian-Gothic architecture. Standing very close to the height of the Capitol, the observation deck provides a beautiful view of the city. A testament to school spirit, the tower shines in burnt orange, and the bells peal to hail the University sports teams' victories. This stunning architectural beauty is a must-see when visiting the campus. History and crime buffs should also take this tour, as it is the site of the notorious actions perpetrated by Charles Whitman on August 1, 1966.
The section of Guadalupe Street that borders the western edge of the University of Texas campus is called The Drag. It's filled with a variety of shops popular with the student body, such as underground bookstores, tattoo parlors, music stores, gift shops, and thrift stores. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes along the street to stop in when you're getting hungry. The Drag is only about a few blocks long, so it makes for a nice stroll on a sunny day.