Austin, Texas


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Austin (population 675,000) is the state capital and also home to the University of Texas. It is located in south central Texas, 195 miles southwest of Dallas and 217 miles from Corpus Christi, which is on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a picturesque city with hills, valleys and two lakes within its city limits. Austin has been described as “a city within a park.” http://www.ci.austin.tx.us

The city offers a culturally rich environment supported by a well-educated and creative population. With a large student population and a great many musicians and artists, there is live music playing at scores of venues on some evenings, including some blues, rock, country and jazz. The most popular area is the downtown Warehouse District. There is a professional symphony, a ballet company, opera, and theater companies. In addition there are over 30 theater companies, 20 museums, and dozens of art galleries.

Austin has outstanding recreational and outdoor activities. The city manages over 27,000-acres of land, which includes 191 parks, preserves, and open lands. And there are a large number of public facilities, including over 40 swimming pools, and more than 100 tennis courts, and six golf courses.

Arts & Culture

The Austin Symphony, which dates back to 1911, is the most senior performing arts group in the city. It offers a season of eight classical and two Pops concerts. It also has a Family Series, and performs Holiday Concerts, and Special Concerts. http://www.austinsymphony.org/

Ballet Austin offers a seasonal program and educational programs through its Ballet Austin Academy, which was formed in 1956. http://www.balletaustin.org/

Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery at the University of Texas has a permanent collection of over 11,000 works. The collection includes prints and drawings from antiquity to the 20th century. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/collections/archmhunt.htm

John Henry Faulk Central Library is located in downtown Austin. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/faulk_central.htm

Elizabeth Ney Museum honors the memory of this gifted artist. Over 17,000 visitors come to the museum annually. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney/

Austin Museum of Art is focused primarily on 20th century and contemporary art. http://www.amoa.org/

Neill Cochran House Museum – http://home.flash.net/~ncmuseum/index.html

O. Henry Museum – http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/ohenry/default.htm

Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas is a natural science center. http://www.tmm.utexas.edu/

Texas Military Forces Museum traces the history of Texas’ military from the Texas Revolution to the present. http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum – http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Texas http://www.blantonmuseum.org/

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum displays the works of Charles Umlauf. http://www.umlaufsculpture.org/

Paramount Theater for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the performing arts. In 2000 it merged with the State Theater Company to form the Austin Theatre Alliance. It hosts musicals, dramas, concerts, dance, children’s theater, spoken word events, and films. Seating capacity is 1,300. http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Home

Austin Convention Center is one of the major venues of the city with nearly 250,000 square feet of column-free convention space and 54 meeting rooms. http://www.austinconventioncenter.com/

Lester E. Palmer Events Center is a multi-use event center with 130,000 square feet. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/eventscenter.htm

Esther’s Follies is a comedic stage show that is part vaudeville review, part improv, and part magic show. It focuses its biting satire that comments on the newsmakers and recent events. The show has been running for over 20 years. http://www.esthersfollies.com/

Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees an astounding 27,000+ acres of land. This includes 191 parks, over 9,000 acres of preserves, and 3,400 acres of creeks and canyon. Its facilities/services include 74 miles of hiking/bike trails, 40 miles of lake patrol, three senior centers, a garden center, nature and science center, art center, four museums, six amphitheaters, six golf courses, 108 tennis courts, 47 swimming pools and two beach-front facilities. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/history.htm

The Parks and Recreation guide to its six golf courses. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/golf.htm

University of Texas is an NCAA Division One school with both men’s and women’s college athletic programs. http://www.utexas.edu/athletics/

There are more than 30 golf courses in the immediate vicinity of Austin. http://www.AustinAreaGolf.com/.

McKinney Falls State Park is a 744-acre park on the Onion Creek with two sets of falls, 84 campsites equipped with water and power, picnic sites, water sites, hiking, cycling, and amphitheater. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mckinney/

Lake Austin is actually a section of the Colorado River and is a popular boating area. http://www.highlandlakes.net/lakeaustin/

Austin Zoo – http://www.austinzoo.com/information/information.html

Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded the Wildflower Center in 1982. Its mission is to protect and preserve native plants and natural landscapes. http://www.wildflower.org/

Zilker Metropolitan Park, considered the city’s most loved park, is a 351-acre site with a variety of recreation opportunities. The park includes a swimming pool, picnic sites, playgrounds, athletic fields and shelters. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/

Education

The University of Texas has a student enrollment of 50,000, including 39,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduates. http://www.utexas.edu/

Austin Community College has seven campus sites in greater Austin. Each year it enrolls nearly 30,000 students in its credit programs. http://www.austin.cc.tx.us/

Senior Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a great variety of programs and services for seniors that are available at its three Senior Activity Centers. In addition, there are many adult programs at the 17 recreation centers and the Dougherty Art Center. Other services include transportation to appointments, a meals program and an employment program. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/seniors.htm

Hospitals

Breckinridge Hospital is an acute care hospital and a major referral center for Central Texas. The hospital and Seton Medical Center are recognized as among the top 100 top hospitals in the U.S. http://www.seton.net/locations/smc/

Airports

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is served by most major airlines with non-stop flights to more than 30 locations. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/default.htm.

Weather

Average high temperature in January is 60 degrees and the average low is 39 degrees. For July the averages are 95 degrees and 73 degrees. http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Austin.html

Newspapers

Austin American-Statesman – http://www.statesman.com/
Austin Chronicle – http://www.austinchronicle.com/
The Daily Texan (University of Texas) – http://www.dailytexanonline.com/

Property Taxes

Travis County Tax Office – http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tax_assessor/default.asp

State Taxes

http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/

Chamber of Commerce

http://www.austin-chamber.org/

State Aging Agency

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/

Distances

Georgetown – 27 miles
Fredericksburg – 78 miles
San Antonio – 79 miles
College Station – 107 miles
Houston – 162 miles
Dallas – 195 miles

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