Austin Nature and Science Center 301 Nature Center Drive. 327-8181. Learn about bats, bees, crystal caverns and more at this 80-acre center, which includes a miniature dinosaur pit for budding paleontologists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Donations requested.
Austin Zoo 10807 Rawhide Trail. 288-1490. This small zoo lets visitors get up close to its inhabitants, many of whom were mistreated, abandoned or illegally imported before finding a home here. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 2 to 12.
Governor's Mansion 1010 Colorado. 463-5516. See one of the most historic houses in Texas built in 1856. Free tours start every 20 minutes. 10 a.m.-noon Mon.-Thu. Groups of 10 or more need reservations.
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 21st and Guadalupe. 471-8944. One of the world's finest repositories of cultural archives houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare photographs, 100,000 works of art, a Gutenberg Bible and the world's first photograph. Weekdays. Free. www.hrc.utexas.edu.
Inner Space Cavern I-35, exit 259. 931-CAVE (2283). A Texas Highway Department construction crew found this attraction in 1963, right beneath the state's first interstate highway. Winter hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. $12 adults, $7.25 ages 4-12. www.innerspace.com.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave. 292-4200. A place where gardens, trails and architecture celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Texas Hill Country. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Sun. $5 adults, $4 seniors (60 ) and children 5 and older. www.wildflower.org.
Texas Capitol Visitor's Center 112 E. 11th St. 305-8400. Situated in the oldest state office building in Texas, the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building is on the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve 805 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy. 327-7622. Set up to protect 227 acres of pristine Texas Hill Country and provide nature education programs. Hiking trails accessible daily from daybreak to dark. Office and gift shop hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $3 adults, $1 ages 5 to 12. www.wildbasin.org.