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There are so many great places to go in and around Austin to learn about history.

The key, when picking this den activity, is to pick something that is going to be active and keep the boys' attention.

Below are just eight possible places you could go. Some, like the Capitol, are pretty fast and easy.  But if you have a whole day, check out the day trip to Brenham below for a really memorable event!

● Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 936-8746
Museum: $8 Youth, $12 adult,  Movies are extra

One of Austin's newest museums, the Bullock opened in 2001.  Learn everything you might want to know about Texas History, enjoy the special effects at the Texas Spirit Theater, or watch an IMAX production.  

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● Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754
(512) 837-1215
Admission: $6 Youth, $8 adults
Located in North Austin, the farm has five themed historic areas to explore: an 1840s Tonkawa Encampment, an 1860s German Immigrant Farm, an 1870s Texan Farm, an 1880s Cotton Planters Farm and an 1890s Sprinkle Corner rural village.  They have many scheduled activities, so check out their calendar.  

● Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm
501 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671
(830) 644-2455 
No Admission Fee
Located about 50 miles west of Austin, Sauer Beckmann Farm is a living history farm located in the LBJ State Park.  Costumed interpreters carry out the day-to-day activities of a turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm family. 

● Visit the Capitol
1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0063
Admission: Free

Spend a morning or afternoon visiting the Capitol. Start at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center, a free museum that has a lot of interactive exhibits, to learn more about the history and building of our Capitol. Then head over to the Capitol for a free 45 minute tour. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Capitol grounds under the huge pecan trees. 

● LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 721-0200
Admission: Children: $3, Adults: $8

This museum, also located on the UT Campus, has recently been renovated. Interactive exhibits give a complete look at the life and times of this famous president!

● Tour the University of Texas Tower
2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78712
(512) 475-6633
Admission: $6 per person
A 45 minute-long self-guided tour of the UT Tower escorted by UT student guides. 

Patrons will ride an elevator to the 27th floor of the Tower, then take three short flights of stairs to the observation deck. 

An auxiliary elevator is available to guests with restricted mobility.

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● Day Trip to Brenham and Washington on the Brazos
23400 Park Road, Washington, TX 77880
(936) 878-2214
Admission:  Entry is free; 
Historical Complex Tour: Adults: $9, Youth: $6 Includes Independence hall, the Museum and Barrington Living History Farm

This is a two hour drive from Austin, but if you are looking for a really fun day trip to take your dean on, this can't be beat!

The Washington on the Brazos state park is devoted to informing visitors about the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. On site, there are a number of attractions, some are free, some are not. There is a visitor’s center, with a large walk-through display of Texas history.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory Tour
As a super big plus to heading out to Washington-on-the Brazos, the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory is located right around the corner!  After you finish with the park, take the kids for an hour long tour, finishing up with a scoop of ice cream.

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● Day Trip to Newman's Castle in Belville Texas
While this isn't really a historical building (it was built within the last ten years), it is a whole lot of fun to visit, and can bring up some really interesting conversations about what family life was like a  ... long...  time ago :o)

Belville is about two hours away from Austin, so this would have to be a day trip.  But if you are lookin for something really fun and different, it doesn't get much better than touring a castle!  And if the boys misbehave, you can just put them in the dungeon ;o)

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