Our Favorite Local Attractions

There are so many wonderful things to do in beautiful Johnson City!

You can view TripAdvisor’s top 15 Things to do in Johnson City here.

We are also centrally located to Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, San Antonio and Austin! We are sure you will fall in love with the Texas Hill Country and never want to leave after you visit.

Keep reading to see just a few of our favorite local attractions and eateries!

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Johnson City Chamber: Visitor’s Center

In the beautifully restored Withers-Spaulding Building, the Chamber has brochures, maps, free broadband Wi-Fi, and friendly Visitors Assistants to help you with local information. This center is new and is starting to house an impressive collection of displays and images from past and present. This Chamber Visitor’s Center is not to be missed in Johnson City!

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Hill Country Science Mill

A STEM-based learning experience that has numerous exhibits and games to inspire the youth of today to discover scientific and technical principles through immersive experiences and interactive games (in English or Spanish).

The museum also includes a 3D theater (check their hours here), as well as a dining option at the Lady Bird Lane Cafe, a small farm-to-table restaurant that offers lunches using local and regional organic and all-natural ingredients.

101 S. Lady Bird Lane
(Address for mapping: W Main St & S Nugent Ave)
Johnson City, Texas 78636
Phone: 844-263-6405 ext. 1005

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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. Trace the ancestry and heritage of President Lyndon B. Johnson as well as his birth, childhood, political career, retirement, and death.

Miller Creek Lavender farm.

Miller Creek Lavender Farm

Drive on into the shaded parking area and explore 3½ acres of lavender – including various gardens including butterfly garden, biblical garden, or the variety garden with 70 different types of lavender, as well as a developing meditation area.  Also, stop in the gift shop for a sample of the lavender margarita mix and lavender peach salsa… and make sure you don’t forget to visit the U-PIC berry patch!

Perdenales river rapids.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Water activities include swimming, fishing, wading or tubing in the Pedernales.  Other options are picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding!  There are also camping options if you aren’t staying with us at our safari cabins this time!

2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City TX 78636

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Whittington’s Jerky

Maker of the best beef and turkey Jerky in the Hill Country. Only Texas food products. All of the Jerky is made right here in Johnson City, using only the finest of meats and following their old family recipe. Since 1963, producing jerky at the factory next door to our General Store and gift shop. Store has samples of our jerky and salsa’s, 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.

Our Favorite Places to Grub

More Rentals Nearby

If our safari cabins are all booked, we have a few of our favorite vacation rentals below!

I Love Dripping Springs

Johnson Odiorne Haus

Ranch 3232

We are open EVERY DAY!

The only days that the Exotic Resort Zoo is closed is Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Contact Us

235 Zoo Trail - Johnson City, Texas 78636

Phone: (830)868-4357

Guided Tours are BACK!

We offer one-of-a-kind Guided Tours (tractor ride) through the park. You may buy tickets online or in-house for this experience! Typical wait time for a Guided Tour is about 30 minutes in the petting zoo. However, they are definitely worth the wait for a unique experience!

If you are interested in the Drive-Thru (your vehicle) option, you must buy tickets online to reserve a spot. Just click the ‘Buy Tickets’ option & proceed!