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Best Outdoor Adventures in Austin

Where to See Wildflowers Near Austin

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents David Park: A Retrospective from June 2-September 8, 2019

Five Fun Ways to Experience Abilene in 2019

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's New The DoSeum Museum

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection Debuts in Austin

Guests can Breathe PURE-LY in All-New PURE Guestrooms at The Highland Dallas


Where to Stay

Hotel Granduca Austin

At the doorstep of the Texas Hill Country, Hotel Granduca Austin offers a unique getaway just a short distance from downtown. Breathtaking views and authentic Italian design curate a one-of-a-kind experience. This summer, take advantage of a limited-time offer. Deluxe room rates start at $169 and include a $25 Granduca Gift Card. This is said to be an experience beyond your expectations.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort is pleased to introduce a multi-million dollar refinement on all 40 award-winning lakeside guest rooms, keeping them casually elegant and comfortable while incorporating new aesthetic touches and modern high tech conveniences.

The guest rooms were visualized by co-owner, Mike McAdams who, along with a team of interior designers, artists and staff members, worked for the past year to create the new décor, which is bright and fresh with splashes of color and similar to the residential feel of the LakeHouse Spa which opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Each room is finished to perfection with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the ultimate comfort for guests.

Below is a sample of some of the newest additions to the rooms:

High Comfort:
• Artesian, handmade, crocheted afghan throws
• Beautiful hand-made quilts artfully displayed in each room
• Original photography by the resort’s own Director of Flora and Fauna, Trisha Shirey
• Commissioned art inspired by our guests and their experiences
• Eco-friendly “Aura®” Benjamin Moore paint
• Spacious writing desk
• Linen draperies
• Over-stuffed chairs and ottomans
• Custom-designed and custom-made furniture
• Egyptian cotton sheets
• Colorful rugs on Saltillo tile floors
• Down pillows & comforters in linen duvets (alternative available)

High Technology:
• Digital, high-definition, large flat panel LCD Samsung televisions with DVD
• AM/FM clock radio and an iPod docking station with remote control
• Complimentary high-speed Internet access, including Wi-Fi in each room
• Ceiling fan with remote control
• In-room safe and refrigerators in each room

Lady Bird Suite:
The beautiful Lady Bird Suite, named in honor of the former First Lady and one of Texas’ most beloved citizens, is the resort’s most spacious and versatile accommodation. It includes a living room, fireplace, private wildflower garden and outdoor whirlpool.

This breath-taking suite has been meticulously appointed with:
• Two custom designed, canopy queen-sized beds
• Hand-chosen, fine antiques
• Artwork crafted by local artists including a black and white drawing of Lady Bird’s childhood home, The Brick House in Karnack, Texas
• Comfortable, slip-covered, over-stuffed chairs
• Velvet, classic sofa
• Dining table
• Elegant wall paper on walls and ceiling of living room
• Most of the above High Technology and High Comfort Features

For reservations, call 1-800-847-5637 or visit

What to See & Do

Best Outdoor Adventures in Austin


Hike along the leafy 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which skirts along shimmering waters and has picturesque views of Austin’s skyline. Snap a selfie with the memorial statue of Austin music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, stationed along the route at Auditorium Shores.

Just 30 miles west of Austin, hike through a Texas Hill Country landscape of limestone cliffs and stone river beds along the Pedernales River at Pedernales Falls State Park. Follow Juniper Ridge Trail, which wends through a shaded mesquite forest and leads to the park’s rushing Pedernales Falls.


The Violet Crown Trail offers great in-town mountain biking, with rocky surfaces and steep slopes. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is also a great destination for mountain bikers (enter at the Loop 360 access point), offering varied terrain within a beautiful landscape of cliffs and shaded groves alongside scenic Barton Creek.

Road riders will want to bicycle from downtown to Mount Bonnell, peddling Scenic Drive along the waters of Lake Austin and catching an awesome sunset view from Pennybacker Bridge. The paved Southern Walnut Creek Trail, part of the city’s Walnut Creek Trail System, is an urban trail designed for both bikers and pedestrians.


Combine great swimming with people watching at the historic Barton Springs Pool, just minutes from downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the 360-acre Zilker Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year round, along with grassy hills for sunbathing.

Located a 40-minute drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a geological wonder. This historic swimming hole was formed by the Hamilton Creek spilling out over limestone outcroppings, creating a dramatic 50-foot waterfall that plunges into a canyon.


Emma Long Metropolitan Park, situated along the shores of Lake Austin, is one of the few places where visitors can camp inside the city limits. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin, the park features waterside campsites, giant cypress trees, hiking and biking trails, swimming and boating, and spots for picnics and grilling.

Located just southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres with nearly nine miles of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and a campground with 81 sites (featuring electricity and water hook-ups) and six cabins.


Hike or bike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt to reach Gus Fruh, a swimming hole known for its famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers. Explore further to discover the hidden Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas, where you’ll find relaxing shallow stream waters and plenty of rocky areas for adventurous climbing and exploring the falls.

Reimers Ranch Park offers more than 300 different sport climbing routes on highly technical limestone cliff walls that skilled climbers love to scale. Many of the routes have bolts, anchors and fixed cable draws in place, so climbers can access popular routes with protection.


Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir created by two dams on the Lower Colorado River which flows through downtown Austin. Motorized boats aren’t permitted, so Lady Bird Lake is a perfect destination for kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddleboarders.

It’s easy to get out on the water at Lady Bird Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes from the Rowing Dock, Congress Avenue Kayaks, SUP ATX and more. For an insider’s perspective, take a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour of downtown Austin with Austin City Kayak Tours. Both beginners and experienced paddlers are welcome.


Lake Travis is Austin’s largest lake, with countless coves and immense water depths (up to 210 feet), making it a favorite boating destination. There are several parks surrounding Lake Travis, including Pace Bend Park, known for its dramatic backdrop of limestone cliffs and abundant wildlife.

An hour northwest of Austin, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood is tucked into a picturesque bend of the Colorado River. The recreation area boasts wide-open riverfront views, boating, 34 secluded campsites, mountain biking, hiking trails and horseback riding.

For more information contact the Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701

Where to See Wildflowers Near Austin

Every spring, the Texas Hill Country blooms into a colorful cascade of delicate Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes and Indian Blankets, as wildflowers blanket the meadows, fields and valleys near Austin. Bring your camera, and your sense of wonder, as you scout out these top 10 spots for spectacular wildflowers in and around Austin.

1. There’s no time like springtime to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in southwest Austin. The Center displays 800 native Texas plant species (including bluebonnets and other wildflowers) in gardens, meadows and nature trails. Visitors can also explore the family garden, dine in the cafe, buy souvenirs at the gift shop and more.

2. Just south of downtown, on South Congress Avenue, is the beautiful St. Edward's University. Head to the campus grounds for lovely fields of bluebonnets. One of the best fields is located on the corner of St. Edwards and University Loop Drive.

3. Located just 13 miles southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a campground and beautiful swathes of bluebonnets.

4. About 20 miles north of downtown, Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park is a 90-acre oasis with nature trails, a 38-acre lake and scenic picnic areas. Bring a lunch to enjoy alfresco, and then stroll around the park to see the wildflowers on display.

5. An hour northwest of Austin, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area is tucked into a bend of the Colorado River, boasting wide-open riverfront views, boating, camping, picnicking and fields of lush, green grass speckled with fists of bluebonnets.

6. In Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park, take your pick from more than 40 picnic areas, and then stroll the grounds to see violet bluebonnets and red Indian paintbrushes.

7. For an easy day trip, drive an hour and 40 minutes from Austin to historic Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, where you’ll find Wildseed Farms, a family-owned wildflower farm with seemingly endless fields of blooms.

8. From Fredericksburg, drive north up Highway 16 to Llano, just 40 minutes away. The wildflowers along Highway 16 are plentiful, so the drive is picturesque.

9. A 30-minute drive east of Llano on Highway 29 is Burnet, known as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” Stop to see the giant bluebonnet statue, or visit in April during the annual Bluebonnet Festival, featuring live music, parades, kid-friendly rides and a wildflower show.

10. On scenic Highway 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls, you’ll come across what’s often been referred to as “The Bluebonnet House,” an abandoned two-story stone home surrounded by a field of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and old oaks. Stop and snap a picture—after all, it’s believed to be the most photographed house in Texas.

Looking for more wildflower information? Explore the new Texas Wildflower Central website, to find additional resources and information on Texas wildflowers, from drive routes to plant IDs.

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For more information call 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-474-5171 or contact the
Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Visit Austin Admin: 111 Congress Ave, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701

Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Stretch your travel dollars with these 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re in Austin. From affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours, you can experience the best of the city without putting a serious dent in your wallet.

1. Stop in for a free guided tour of the granite Texas State Capitol, built in the late 1800s.

2. Tacos are a cheap and delicious dining option for breakfast, lunch or dinner! There are loads of amazing ones to try, but Veracruz All Natural has the distinction of being named one of the Top 5 Tacos in America by Food Network.

3. Bike or jog along the 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which winds along the shoreline and has picturesque views of Austin’s skyline.

4. View a stunning collection of modern art at The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center and get free same-day entry to The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, a Mediterranean-style villa with an outdoor sculpture park.

5. Zip around town on your own with an electric bike rental from Rocket Electrics or join the guided four-hour Foodie Tour and visit hip gastro-pubs and food trailers.

6. Do some two-stepping at Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk known for its chicken-fried steak and free dinner show with live bands Tues.-Sat. from 6-8 p.m.

7. Explore the multilevel part-tree fort, part-modern sculpture Cathedral of Junk, a dense tangle of jungle-like foliage intertwined with an estimated 60 tons of unusual items and tchotchkes (call ahead for availability).

8. Make tracks to the free Austin Nature & Science Center to explore nature trails, see small wildlife creatures and dig for “dinosaur fossils” in the Dino Pit.

9. For the ultimate Austin music tour, visit Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater and get a behind-the-scenes look at the place where America’s longest-running television series is taped.

10. Pack a picnic and amble over to Zilker Park, a 360-acre oasis in the heart of downtown that’s home to Zilker Hillside Theater, Zilker Botanical Garden, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed swimming spot that’s also great for people watching.

11. A food truck stop is a must. Post up at The Picnic, offering plenty of picnic tables and a variety of food trucks, including Hey Cupcake! and The Mighty Cone.

12. Take a hike up the stone steps to Mount Bonnell and get a panoramic view of the Austin area. This Lake Austin landmark has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s.

13. Hike or bike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt to reach Gus Fruh, a swimming hole known for its famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers. Explore further to discover the hidden Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas.

14. Take off on the Tejano Walking Trail, a self-guided tour of more than 20 culturally significant Hispanic sites in the East Cesar Chavez and Holly neighborhoods.

15. Visit the free Brush Square Museums that include the Susanna Dickinson Museum (the only Anglo adult survivor of the Battle of the Alamo) and the O. Henry Museum, former residence of the famed short story writer.

16. Line up on the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the sky from beneath the bridge nightly from spring through fall.

17. Double your fun with a yoga-and-hike session at the Barton Creek Greenbelt with Sanctuary Yoga.

18. Pack your cooler, grab a picnic blanket and stake out your spot on the grass at Zilker Park to enjoy Blues on the Green, the longest-running free concert series in Austin.

19. Join in the Austin Live Music Crawl with Austin Detours, led by a local musician who will take you to hidden gem music venues tucked into neighborhoods.

20. Hang out with the hipsters at Hotel San José and sip a refreshing Frosé or Michelada in the leafy courtyard.

21. Try the tacos with handmade tortillas and hand-shaken margaritas at Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress, where its Oak Garden hosts free live music Wed.-Sun. nights.

22. Take a shopping stroll along South Congress, known for its funky stores and chic boutiques. Check out the kicks at Allens Boots, affordable jewelry by local artists at Parts & Labour, and beautiful gifts from around the world at Tesoros Trading Company.

23. The huge Deep Eddy Pool is the state’s oldest pool. Catch Splash Party Movie Nights, when family-friendly films are projected on an inflatable screen.

24. Be sure to stop at the original flagship Whole Foods Market, where you’ll find four restaurants, a beer and wine bar, a food truck, and live rooftop tunes and events.

25. The Little Longhorn Saloon is the center of Austin’s honky-tonk country music scene, and there’s never a cover charge. It’s also known for its six-days-a-week happy hour, with $1 Lone Star beers.

26. Take a self-guided tour of Austin’s iconic murals, including Greetings from Austin at South First and Annie Streets; Hi, How Are You at Guadalupe and 21st Streets; and the “I love you so much” mural painted on the wall of Jo's Coffee on South Congress.

27. You can catch six acts in a single night at The Saxon Pub, a haven for singer-songwriters since 1990. See a free weekday happy hour show, a weekend matinee or a late-night performance.

28. This Zilker Summer Musical has been a fan favorite for almost 60 years. The selected musical of the year runs at the Zilker Hillside Theatre from July into early August, and is free to the public.

29. Go on a shopping spree in the trendy West Sixth District, where you can wander the bookshelves or listen to a free author reading at BookPeople.

30. The free Elisabet Ney Museum is housed in what was once the German-born sculptress’ home and studio. The museum displays the largest collection of Ney’s work in the world, including portrait sculptures of notable 19th century Texans.

31. Get on the water at Lady Bird Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes from Rowing Dock, Congress Avenue Kayaks, SUP ATX, Austin City Kayak Tours, Zilker Park Boat Rentals and more.

32. Experience a lush hidden escape within the city limits at the quiet, 80-acre St. Edward's Park, with lots of easy trails and a swimming hole with an old-fashioned rope swing.

33. Taste an Austin tradition at the roadside Sandy’s Hamburgers, open since 1946. Must-orders include the double cheeseburger with fries, frozen custard and frosty root beer.

34. With a soft spot for Texas musicians, Austin’s iconic Waterloo Records frequently presents free in-store performances by emerging local musicians. Afterwards, spend some time flipping through the shop’s extensive selection of vinyl.

35. Make like an Austinite and stop in at Quickie Pickie, a neighborhood market and eatery featuring locally roasted coffee, 24 taps and house-smoked specialties like pulled pork sandwiches from the acclaimed la Barbecue (East Cesar Chavez location only).

36. Sit beneath the strung lights and the sprawling pecan tree stretched over Shady Grove’s patio and catch a live concert at the free Unplugged at The Grove music series.

37. Originally an early 1900s summer retreat for the family of prominent Austin politician Allison Mayfield, today Mayfield Park is a beautiful public green space known for its vibrant strutting peacocks.

38. The elegant Texas Governor’s Mansion was built in 1927 by the state’s first female governess, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, and offers free guided tours.

39. Volcom Garden is a combination boutique, art gallery and live music venue. This free creative hub welcomes local musicians, artists and creators. Catch a gallery exhibit or live music show.

40. If classical music is your jam, you won’t want to miss Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park, held on the lawn of Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center. On summer Sunday evenings, bring a lawn chair or blanket and kick back under the stars.

41. You won’t be able to resist the homemade treats and gourmet snacks at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, held Saturdays in the historic Republic Square Park.

42. Get out there and be a part of Austin's history. Take a guided historic walking tour from the Austin Visitor Center and explore the stately Victorian homes of the Bremond Block Historic District, downtown sites from the Capital to Sixth Street and more.

43. After a day of exploration at Austin's Bullock Texas State History Museum, stick around for the Music Under the Star free concert series in Lone Star Plaza. Every Friday night in July the museum hosts a different live musical act.

44. Kids can paint, climb and make a splash at Thinkery, Austin's interactive children's museum. During Wednesday Community Nights, admission is by donation ($1 is suggested).

45. Austin is packed with top notch dining happy hour deals. Find them at the critically acclaimed Barley Swine (half-off select plates), Peché (half-off food and $5 drinks) and La Condesa ($2 tacos, half-off drinks).

46. Happy hour is a great way to drink on the cheap. Cool off with a margarita at El Arroyo, which offers $2.75 house margaritas, $3.50 skinny ritas, $2.75 queso and $2.75 Dos Equis for happy hour. Or toast the man in black at the divey Mean Eyed Cat, a Johnny Cash-themed bar that has a happy hour Mon.-Fri.

47. The Wine Down at 3TEN ACL Live (located below ACL Live at The Moody Theater) features a free concert every last Wed. from 5-8 p.m., April through September. Also indulge in free food samples, happy hour-priced wine and local pop-up shops.

48. The Paramount Theatre is a century-old performance venue and movie theater located in the heart of downtown Austin. Originally opened as a vaudeville house, today the eclectic entertainment ranges from music to a summer classic film series.

49. The University of Texas at Austin is home to an impressive collection of museums, including the Blanton Museum of Art and the LBJ Presidential Library (featuring inspiring exhibits on President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his beloved wife, Lady Bird Johnson).

50. Make reservations for Sunday Gospel Brunch at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, an Austin music institution that serves up lip-smacking barbecue along with some of the best live bands around, all for one reasonable price.

Stop by the Austin Visitor Center for local tips, gifts, tours and more!
Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Visit Austin Admin: 111 Congress Ave, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is delighted to announce the arrival of the Senna Hall of Fame (HOF) Collection - a unique compilation of race worn items used by Ayrton Senna himself and the cars he competed in. This never-before-seen collection will be on exhibit at COTA’s Downtown Paddock located at 304 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Forming part of one of the largest private collections in the world, known as the Hall of Fame Collection, the one-of-a-kind exhibit of Ayrton Senna memorabilia will showcase items from each era of the legendary driver’s celebrated, almost mythical, career including his first Formula 1 test at Williams in 1983 and F1 drive with Toleman in 1984. The collection will also include items from his years at Lotus (1985-1987), his most successful period at McLaren (1988–1993) as well as his final few races with Williams in 1994.

The collection has been meticulously gathered over a period of 20 years by private collectors Howard Jacobs and Darren Jack who partnered to form “The Hall of Fame Collection.” Today, it stands as one of the world’s largest collections of helmets, driving suits, gloves, steering wheels, and various Formula 1 car parts. It also celebrates the careers of other motorsport greats but the Senna HOF Collection sits right at the top.

Jack, who grew up in England, first attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Imola, when he was just four years old, which coincided with Senna’s first F1 season with the Toleman team. The moment started a lifelong appreciation for the three-time Formula 1 World Champion and has resulted in this celebration of the late, great Brazilian’s life in motorsport. Carefully researched and documented by Jack and his team, each item tells its own distinctive story and provides a unique insight into one of the most enigmatic sportsmen of all time.

Speaking ahead of the Austin unveiling of the collection, Jack said: “Like so many people, I have had a huge appreciation for Ayrton Senna for most of my life. As one of the few sportsmen to truly transcend his sport, his enduring impact on the popular imagination remains as strong as ever and in some way I hope to contribute to his legacy via this collection. I am truly grateful to Circuit of The Americas for helping to make this possible during such an important week for them. By opening up this display to the public for the very first time, we will hopefully introduce a new audience to this true icon of motorsport and continue to shine a light on his timeless achievements.”

Circuit of The Americas President and CEO, Jason Dial added: “We are thrilled to work with Darren on bringing this magnificent collection to Austin. Ayrton Senna represents all that is great about Formula 1. He was a hero to millions of people and helped inspire entire generations with his bravery on and off-track. As Formula 1’s popularity continues to grow in the United States, the arrival of the Senna HOF Collection in Austin during Grand Prix week provides another wonderful opportunity to introduce an existing and new fan base to the very soul of the sport.”

The Senna HOF Collection includes:

- Race-used steering wheels from some of Senna’s greatest F1 cars
- Rear-wing endplates from almost every F1 car driven by Senna
- Complete front and rear wings from his most famous F1 cars
- Senna’s World Championship Winning Gloves from the 1990 Season
- Senna’s 1988 World Championship Winning McLaren Suit
- Signed Williams F1 1994 helmet
- Senna’s 1994 personal Williams driving boots
- Personal F1 jackets worn by Senna
- Various signed items and much, much more!

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee— and boasts impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.


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Where to Stay

The Highland Dallas

Guests of The Highland Dallas can breathe extra easy and rest peacefully in the newly-available PURE guestrooms. Specially-treated to provide the highest purity in air quality, PURE rooms, with hypoallergenic elements and space-aged cleanliness, ensure ultimate comfort for health-conscious guests and their families.

PURE rooms offer the freshest air quality in the hotel industry. Characteristic include:

Air that is completely circulated at least four times per hour, removing 99 percent of impurities
Bedding and pillows that are encased in a protective, yet comfortable covering that is hypoallergenic and dust-proof
Eliminates all odor for the sensitive nose
In-room air purification system so advanced, it is recognized as a Class II medical device by the FDA.

The air an average person breathes can have anywhere from nine million to 15 million small particles per cubic meter. A significant reduction, PURE rooms are as low as 150,000 particulates per cubic meter. Each PURE room is re-certified every six months to ensure the utmost in quality.

A leader in luxury boutique hotel accommodations, The Highland Dallas features 198 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, offering a sophisticated and contemporary guest experience in a dynamic Dallas location. Each guestroom features a plush king or two plush double-sized beds with all cotton high thread count linens, designer headboards and spacious desks with ergonomic chairs. Guests are also offered luxurious bath amenities and a comfortable seating area for enjoying the state-of-the-art flat-screen plasma TV, iHome docking station and DVD player.

Guests can rejuvenate and reenergize in other wellness amenities offered at The Highland Dallas including exhale Spa, Dallas’ premiere destination for health and wellbeing. exhale offers daily superior fitness classes including Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio and Yoga. An expansive suite of spa therapy rooms accommodates a full menu of face and body treatment offerings and a eucalyptus steam room is also available.

The Highland Dallas is also home to the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning restaurant, Knife, a reinvention of the modern steakhouse created by James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Salon Pompeo specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care is also adjacent to the hotel.

About The Highland Dallas
The Highland Dallas was unveiled in August 2014 as the first hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection. A modern, 198-room luxury boutique hotel, The Highland Dallas is located at North Central and Mockingbird Lane and defines an intersection of style, culture, sophistication and comfort. Featuring world-class amenities, The Highland Dallas showcases Dallas’ popular exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar at its acclaimed restaurant, Knife. With over 9,000 square-feet of flexible event space, The Highland Dallas offers premier, customized service to host everything from intimate meetings to the ultimate wedding celebration. For more information about The Highland Dallas, please visit

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton
Curio – A Collection by Hilton ( is a global collection of distinctive hotels that are woven into the fabric of their destinations. While each one is unique, they are united in their individuality. Curio guests are passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, while resting easier knowing the Hilton name is behind every stay.

Warwick Melrose Hotel

Warwick Melrose Hotel offers 184 distinctive spacious guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential Suite, all luxuriously restored while still maintaining its old world grandeur. The hotel is centrally located in Uptown (Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area), one of Dallas’ most stylish neighborhoods and just five minutes away from Love Field Airport. Upscale bites, sips and entertainment are on offer at The Landmark Restaurant and The Library bar (named Best Hotel Bar in Dallas by D Magazine this year.)  

For more information or to book a room contact or by calling 214.521.5151.


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What to See & Do

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Museum is closed Monday and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents David Park: A Retrospective through September 8, 2019

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents David Park: A Retrospective, on view beginning June 2, 2019. Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and curated by Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, this is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the originator of Bay Area Figurative art. In the immediate postwar years, Park, like most avant-garde American artists of his day, engaged with Abstract Expressionism and painted non-objectively. In a moment of passion in late 1949 or early 1950, he made the radical decision to abandon nearly all of his abstract canvases at an East Bay dump and return to the human figure, marking the beginning of the Bay Area Figurative movement.
David Park: A Retrospective traces the full arc of the artist's career, from his early social realist efforts of the 1930s to his mature figurative paintings of the 1950s and his astounding final works on paper.

Park lived for most of his adult life in San Francisco and Berkeley. He was a beloved teacher at both the California School of the Fine Arts and the University of California, Berkeley, and he was at the center of a vibrant community of Bay Area artists. The powerful paintings he made in the decade that followed his dramatic departure from abstraction brought together his long-held interest in classic subjects such as portraiture, domestic interiors, musicians, rowers, and bathers with lush, gestural paint handling and an extraordinary sense of color. Between 1958 and 1959, Park reached his expressive peak, reveling in the sensuous qualities of paint to create intensely physical, psychologically charged, and deeply felt canvases. When this fertile period was cut short by illness in 1960 and he could no longer work on canvas, Park transferred his creative energy to other media. In the last months of his life, bed-ridden, he produced a remarkable 30-foot-long felt-tip pen scroll and a poignant series of gouaches.

The exhibition features 114 works displayed chronologically, beginning with his biblically themed watercolors and illustrative scenes of everyday urban life from his early career in the mid-1930s. Subsequent galleries present the artist's Picasso-inspired portraits and domestic scenes from the late 1930s and a series of small, idiosyncratic, surrealist-inflected paintings indebted to Joan Miró. To account for Park's brief but intense engagement with abstraction in the years following World War II, the exhibition presents rare surviving examples of the boldly geometric non-objective paintings Park made between 1946 and 1949 and a cache of abstract "work-sketches" never shown by Park in his lifetime. The balance of the exhibition focuses on the work he created after his momentous return to figuration, commencing with Rehearsal, 1949-50, the first of his figurative canvases to be publicly displayed, and culminating in his powerful large canvases from the late 1950s, such as Four Men, 1958, which harness the full potential of Abstract Expressionist paint handling to the subjects that mattered to Park the most. The final gallery presents the artist's last works, including a digital interactive facsimile of his 30-foot-long Untitled (The Scroll) and a selection of his radiant gouaches.

Companion galleries to David Park: A Retrospective examine the community of influence in Bay Area art at mid-century, in which Park played a leading role. The galleries devote space to figure drawings by Park and members of his artistic circle - including 29 works by Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and Nathan Oliveira, among others - who began regularly drawing from the model together in each other's studios in 1953.

An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by exhibition curator Janet Bishop; an essay by Lee Hallman, associate curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; a chronology by Sara Wessen Chang, curatorial assistant at SFMOMA; and additional essays.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Fri 5-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert
10 am-4:30 pm

FOCUS: Dirk Braeckman

The photographs of Ghent-based Dirk Braeckman (b. 1958, Eeklo, Belgium) have a distinct stillness and quietude that counter the whirl of today's visual landscape. Images of empty, unidentifiable interiors, architectural details, oceans, and partially obscured nude figures are just some examples of the artist's subject matter. Braeckman's deeply gray photographs are often abstracted, contributing to the mystery and intrigue of what his images convey while adding a sense of distance to the intimate interiors and views he depicts. Rather than setting up scenes or shots, Braeckman travels with a camera and captures what he sees, including hotel rooms, museums, and vacant corridors; his approach is partly diaristic, yet because the locales are anonymous and the photographs' titles are unclear codes, Braeckman's work is relatable and open-ended, eschewing photography's documentary impulse. This fluidity is intentional and meant to engage, as the artist states: "I'm not a storyteller, I'm an imagemaker. The story is made in the mind of the viewer."

Since the mid-1980s, Braeckman has tested the limits of photography, especially its materials and processes. Challenging the reproducibility of a photographic image, particularly in light of today's vast dissemination of images, Braeckman creates unique prints using analogue processes and physically taxing experimental methods in the darkroom. The individuality of his images and the physical nature of his processes are evocative of painting, as is the rich tactility his unglazed photographs embody.

Disappearing - California, c. 1970
through August 11, 2019

In 1971, Chris Burden disappeared for three days without a trace. That work, entitled Disappearing, gives its name to this exhibition, which examines the theme of disappearance in the works of Burden and his contemporaries in 1970s Southern California, Bas Jan Ader and Jack Goldstein. Loosely affiliated, these three artists shared a common interest in themes of disappearance and self-effacement, which manifested in works that were daring and often dangerous. In 1972, Jack Goldstein buried himself alive during a performance, while Chris Burden's often self-harming works explored the limits of pain. During Bas Jan Ader's tragic last work, In search of the miraculous, 1975, the artist vanished while crossing the Atlantic in a small sailboat, never to be seen again. Responding to cultural pressures like the Vietnam War and the nascent field of feminist art, the artists poignantly used "disappearing" as a response to the anxiety of the 1970s.

Disappearing - California, c. 1970 is curated by Philipp Kaiser and organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

David Park: A Retrospective
through September 8, 2019

David Park: A Retrospective is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the founder of Bay Area Figurative art. In the immediate postwar years, Park, like many avant-garde American artists, engaged with Abstract Expressionism and painted non-objectively. In a moment of passion, he made the radical decision to abandon nearly all of his abstract canvases at an Easy Bay dump. In 1950, he returned to the human figure, in so doing marking the beginning of the Bay Area Figurative movement. David Park: A Retrospective traces the full arc of the artist's career, from his early social realist and cubist-inspired efforts of the 1930s to his mature figurative paintings of the 1950s and his astounding final works on paper.

David Park: A Retrospective is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is curated by Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566

Admission Prices
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
Free for Modern members
Free for school groups with advance reservations
PLEASE NOTE: Free every Friday and half-price every Sunday

Admission includes
Permanent collection exhibitions
All special and traveling exhibitions
Scheduled tours and gallery programs

Museum Gallery Hours
Closed Mondays
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Fri 5-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert
10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.


Where to Stay

Located immediately adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Irving, Texas boasts more than 75 hotels, 11,000 rooms and hundreds of restaurants. With a close proximity to both Dallas and Fort Worth, it is easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment in all three cities while visiting the area.

The unique location next to an international airport and in between Dallas and Fort Worth, two of the United States' largest metropolitan cities, makes Irving, Texas one of the most convenient and accessible cities in the country and an ideal location for business and leisure travel.

Las Colinas --

is a 12,000-acre master-planned community within the city of Irving, Texas. This area is home to over 2,000 corporations, and is the global headquarters of 5 Fortune 500 companies. Las Colinas is currently experiencing more than $2 billion in hotel, retail, entertainment, office, residential and meeting facility development, including the addition of a 280,000 sq ft Irving, convention center.


What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops

The newly opened store offers nearly 150,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children, along with a fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.

The 8,000+ square-foot Islamorada Fish Company restaurant (pronounced ‘eye-la-mah-rah-dah’) will feature fresh seafood entrees, smoked meats and wild game, rotisserie broiled fowl, great steaks and more all in a relaxing ‘Florida Keys’ atmosphere.

Known for bringing the outdoors indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features over 3,500 area antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals depicting scenes reminiscent of the area making it a true destination experience.

About Bass Pro Shops:

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 45 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 90 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit . Request a free catalog by calling 1-800-BASS PRO.--


There's lots to do in Round Rock -- from sports to sightseeing to just plain rest and relaxation. If you're into sports, there are stadiums, fields, tracks, gyms, courses, courts, etc.

What to See & Do

Old Settlers Park -

Boasts 495 acres of playing fields, 2.5 miles of trails, 15 baseball fields, 22 practice softball fields, 5 softball fields, 2 football fields, 9 practice soccer fields, 5 full-size championship soccer fields, 12 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 1 professionally designed disc gol course, picnic areas and grills, several concession stands and restroom facilities, and ample parking.

Dell Diamond -

Catch a game at the home of the Round Rock Express and the Houston Astros Triple A Franchise. Here you'll find 8688 fixed seats, 3000 lawn seats in the unique outfield berm area, 330 feet down the left field line, 325 feet down the right field line, 375 feet to both poweer alleys, 407 feet to the deepest point in center field, 8-foot outfield wall, 6 new luxury suites added this year, 3500 paved on-site parking spaces, 500 additional on-site gravel parking spaces, and several concession stands and restroom facilities.

For shopping

- there's a variety of eclectic shops as well as high-end shopping malls, including antique & boutique. Recently, Round Rock Premium Outlets opened featuring 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25-65% every day. Or, visit LaFrontera, with more than 300 acres of shopping to keep you busy. IKEA is also here now.

Where to Stay

El Arroya

Want to indulge in eating and sleeping? From barbecue to gourmet cuisine, there's something here for all tastes. Unwind with a Mango Margarita at El Arroyo or have a heaping helping of slow-smoked brisket and the best peach cobbler in Texas at Round Rock Barbecue Company. Or, enjoy the filet mignon at the Main Streeet Grill.

When ready for some shut-eye, there are plenty of hotels and motels to stay in, including Marriott Austin North, Best Western Executive Suites, Candlewood Suites, County Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, Extended Stay America, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and many more.

For more information, contact the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, 120 S. Brown Street, Round Rock, Texas 78664; 512-218-7023 or check web site


What to See & Do

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

1. Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach

Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.

2. Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.

3. Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos

The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.

4. San Antonio by Trail

Explore San Antonio’s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.

5. Theme Park Thrills

Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new  this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.

Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.

Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland
This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at

About Visit San Antonio:

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's The DoSeum Museum

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, The DoSeum, San Antonio’s new museum for kids opened. The DoSeum offers limitless opportunities for children to discover, explore, create and learn. With world-class exhibits and sustainable, thoughtful architecture, it is poised to be one of the leading children’s museums in the nation. Nearly 60 percent of The DoSeum’s exhibits focus on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while others emphasize literacy and the creative arts to create a diverse learning experience.

At The DoSeum, kids are able to use their inner creativity and curiosity to feed their appetite for learning as they choose from an impressive menu of exhibits. Indoors, guests can explore six main exhibit areas: Sensations Studio, Explore, Innovation Station, Imagine It, Little Town and Spy Academy.

The DoSeum is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors annually to experience its innovative approach to education, and is another influential addition to San Antonio’s cultural corridor along Broadway that includes the Pearl Brewery complex, Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum.

The 104,000 square foot of indoor and outdoor space, The DoSeum offers children a variety of exciting and interactive exhibits:
· a state-of-the-art robot named Baxter
· a Puppet Parade controlled by children’s body movements
· a musical staircase
· a Children’s Stream and significant outdoor space with plenty of water features, shade, and an ADA-accessible treehouse

Visitors to the museum will enjoy amenities including free parking and an onsite café featuring healthy, kid-friendly meals. Summer hours at The DoSeum are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information,

The Spire

The Historic Sunset Station announces the latest addition to it's unique collection of meeting and special event venues. The doors are officially opened to The Spire. The new venue located at 230 Center Street has preserved some of the culture and heritage of downtown San Antonio.

The Spire was originally constructed in 1884 as the original stone structure of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation relocated to a structure just three blocks away of this historic structure. The church still remains and is one of San Antonio's oldest African American congregations.

For more information on the Spire or other venues in the Historic Sunset Station call the sales office at 210-474-7640 or to learn more about what San Antonio has to office check out web


Turtle Days

A reigning king and queen, a few enthusiastic ukulele strummers, world-famous sand-castle builders and many other environmentally-conscious community members, will gather Friday at the South Padre Island Visitors’ Center for a ceremony marking the significance of Turtles Days.

“Turtle Days begins when the first nest is found and ends when the last hatchling swims away,” said Nancy Marsden, Turtle Days project manager. The 10 a.m. ceremony consists of an unfurling of the Turtle Days flag. However, the flag will not be raised until the first nest is found, and it will be removed when the season ends.

Last year, the first turtle nest was found in April, and the season ended in August, according to Lucy Guillen of Sea Turtle, Inc.

 For more information contact the South padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 7355 Padre Blvd.,  South Padre Island, TX  78597, (956) 761-3005 

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