Austin is blessed with an abundance of natural tourist attractions. There are three must-see natural sites that you can visit in this zone together with your whole family or a bunch of friends. Such famous natural attractions include the Austin Zoo, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.
The Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and animal sanctuary that is located in west Austin. It is a non-profit facility which started interestingly as a goat ranch. Initially named the Good Day Ranch in the 1990s, it only housed a few domesticated and local animals. Later on in 1994, it became the Austin Zoo with the increase in number of exotic animal collection. You’ll find over 300 animals in the zoo including wild species like African lions, jaguars, black bears and Bengal tigers.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a public botanical garden that is created to educate the people about the economic, environmental and aesthetic value of native plants. It was founded in 1982 by Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes. Initially named the National Wildflower Research Center, it was changed to its current name in 1998.The site features educational exhibits, walking trails, research of plantings and sale of native plants.
Finally, there’s the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve which was founded in 1974. It consists of 227 acres of wood located in the Texas Hill Country. Visitors can enjoy 2 ½ miles of hiking trails which pass through the habitats of threatened and endangered species of native flora and fauna. The entrance to the wilderness preserve is located a mile north of the Bee Caves Road.