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ART GALLERIES: This small town has a plethora of artists and galleries for your enjoyment. Be sure to visit the A Smith Gallery, LMC Mural Gallery, Kathleen Marie Studio, Kirchman Gallery, Zena Stetka Howe, Copper Roof Art Studio, and more. For more detailed listings, see Galleries, and nearby Arts.

SELAH, BAMBERGER RANCH PRESERVE (& BAT CAVE): 830-868-2630; Nature, Pure & Simple. Environmental Educational Institute, preservation programs, lodging, meeting facilities, tours and more. This 5,500 acre ranch that has been described as the largest habitat restoration project on private land in Texas. Educational and interpretive services as well as transportation are provided by ranch staff. Non-profit. See: Bats

SHIRLEY RANCH (formerly BENSON FARM & RANCH): 830-868-7109; This 2,500 acre ranch located near Johnson City offers guided hunts for whitetail and exotics as well as fishing and full lodging. Registered Aberdeen Black Angus and thoroughbred race horse breeding. Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, TX

BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE: Still in service, this beautiful courthouse contains government offices and historical displays. On the Courthouse Square, of course.

Blanco County Jail in Johnson City

See this historic facility, no longer in active use. Located next to Memorial Town Park, on Ave G just across from the Courthouse and a half block from US-290. Completed in 1894, built of limestone by J.E.L. Dildine, a rock mason from Kansas. A record of only one jail outbreak, in 1897.

Captain Perry Texas Ranger Museum in Johnson City CAPTAIN PERRY TEXAS RANGER MUSEUM: 830-868-7111; Managed by City of Johnson City, and temporarily closed. Learn more here!

ENTERTAINMENT: Live entertainment is regularly offered at the Pecan Street Brewery (on Courthouse Square), and occasionally at other in-town and very nearby venues. For detailed listings, see Entertainment, and Nearby live entertainment

EXOTIC RESORT ZOO: 830-868-4357; Located just north of Johnson City on US-281.
A resort for wild animals where people can enjoy their company. 137 wooded acres with several lakes and creeks. Over 500 animals and 80 species. Guided tours, luxury safari style cabin rental, traveling petting zoo, school field trips. Education, preservation, entertainment. Captain Perry Texas Ranger Museum in Johnson City

830-868-7684. Located in the beautifully restored Withers & Spauldings Building on Main St, it has brochures, maps, free broadband Wi-Fi, and friendly Visitors Assistants to help you with local information. This Center houses an impressive collection of displays and images from LBJ's past and present. The National Park Service co-locates with the Chamber and has outstanding historic displays and LBJ park information.
Interesting exhibits in the NPS Visitors Center
JOHNSON CITY HIKING TRAIL: 830-868-7111. This 1.8 mile round trip hiking trail meanders from the Johnson City Community Park, past the Courthouse Square to the LBJ Park Visitor Center. You can extend the hike on both ends by walking through the parks and sidewalks. Walking and roller skates only, no bicycles or skate boards. Water fountain and memorial park benches along the way. Not yet lighted at night.

Memorial Park in Johnson City JOHNSON CITY MEMORIAL PARK: 830-868-7111. A beautiful small park in the center of town on Main Street (US-290 at Ave G), with large oak trees, gazebo, picnic tables, park benches, a memorial, and public bathrooms. Site of music events, festivals and weddings. Specially decorated for many holidays.

JOHNSON CITY SWIMMING POOL, PAVILION & PARK: 830-868-7111. Private parties, swimming lessons and water aerobics available. Tennis courts, ball fields and pavilion.
Pedernales River
JOHNSON CITY WATER SPORTS AREA: Located on the Pedernales River at the Bridge on US-281 just N of town and next to the Blanco County Show Barn. Easy launching area. Ideal for kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and fishing. Convenient parking at the launch area. No lifeguards. There is no charge for use of the water area or parking. Enjoy.

LAVENDER FARMS: The Johnson City area has several lavender farms, including Imagine Lavender. You can visit them by appointment, or follow a trail during the annual Lavender festival in October. Click here

Attractions at this very popular park include: LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson CityNPS HQ & Visitors Center with LBJ period videos, Book/Gift Store & LBJ Memorabilia; Park Meeting/Event Center; LBJ Boyhood Home, Johnson Settlement; and NPS Park Facility with horses, cattle and historical markers.
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PEDERNALES RIVER NATURE PARK: Owned and managed by LCRA, this 222 acre river-front park is located right in Johnson City. Offers public recreational day use, including fishing and picnicking. Plans are underway for more extensive development of outdoor facilities and activities. During this interim period, LCRA access and facility use fees are temporarily waived. See On east side of US-281 at the Pedernales river bridge. Entrance just south of Town Creek and a few block N of the US-281/290 intersection.

Pedernales Falls State Park PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK: 830-868-7304
Located 9 miles east of town (go out RR 2766).
Pedernales Falls State Park.
Also see Parks & Lakes

NEARBY: LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - STONEWALL: Located just 11 miles west of town, in Stonewall. This home of LBJ and Lady Bird is the "Texas White House" famously used during his presidency and showcased to the world with US and international leaders from the world visiting their ranch.
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NEARBY: LBJ STATE PARK & HISTORICAL SITE: 830-644-2420; Also in Stonewall, this state park has many resources to offer, including a visitor center, exhibits, pool, pavilion, the Sauer-Bechman Living History Ranch, and much more. (LBJ State Park).

MORE PARKS: For these and other nearby parks and preserves, such as Hamilton Pool Preserve, Reimer's Preserve, and Westcave Preserve, and greater details on state and national parks in the immediate area, click: Parks

SCIENCE MILL: 830-992-9549; 101 Ladybird Ln (US-290 at Nugent Ave), Johnson City, TX 78636. A family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a lifelong career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

LOCAL WINERIES: Hahne Estates Winery: 281-702-2850,; Lewis Wines, 512-663-6468,; Texas Hills Vineyard: 830-868-2321,; and 290Vinery: 830-321-0101,

Beef & Turkey Jerky WHITTINGTON'S: 830-868-5500; Maker of the best beef and turkey Jerky in the Hill Country. Only Texas food products. All of their Jerky is made right here in Johnson City, using only the finest of meats and following their 40 plus year old family recipe. Retail and wholesale. Since 1963, producing jerky at the factory next door to their General Store and gift shop. Store has samples of their jerky and salsas, a wide variety of gifts, jewelry, candles, knick knacks, spices, preserves, jelly, syrups, cobbler-in-a-jar, pickled foods, cold beverages, Texas wines by the bottle, made to order gift baskets, and more. Located on south end of town on US-281. photo credit: L. Brandt

WILDFLOWER TRAILS: Johnson City is the "Wildflower Capital of the Texas Hill Country", and the scenic roads in and around JC in the springtime are often emblazoned with the colors of bluebonnets, painted brush, Indian paintbrush, phlox, Mexican poppy, winecups, Indian blanket and lemon mint along the roadsides and in the fields. The annual Wildflower Festival (flower displays, live music, contests, and vendors aplenty) plays tribute to the enticing splendor of natural beauty for which this area is known. A must see and makes for great weekend adventures! Also, don't miss the nearby Willow City Wildflower Loop.
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290Vinery Enjoy great wines inside our spacious, art-filled, tasting room or surrounded by sculpture in one of several outdoor areas within our ancient oak grove.

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