Johnson City, Texas is located in Blanco County of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. In the 2010 census, the population of Johnson City had a population of 1,656 residents.  The city is located along U.S. Routes 281 and 290, about one mile south of the tranquil Pedernales River.  As one of Texas Hill Country’s historical cities, Johnson City was founded by James Polk Johnson, the uncle of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The city also has some fun, historical, and educational places to visit that your family will enjoy visiting together.

Take a Safari Tour at the Exotic Resort Zoo.

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The Exotic Resort Zoo is located approximately four miles north of Johnson City on Hwy 281. Founded in 1995, the resort rests on 137 acres of wooded land where you can take a guided tour and see more than 700 animals from 80 different species. The professional guided tours share facts and educational information about not only what helps these animals survive, but thrive and reproduce. The zoo resort starts its first tour at 9 a.m., and the last tour starts at 5 p.m.  Admission price for adults is $14.95, for children ages 2-12 the cost is $12.95, and for senior citizens the price is $13.95. Military get 20% off the price with a military I.D. After the tour is over, there are a number of petting zoos where you can purchase buckets of feed and enjoy petting and feeding deer, antelope, llamas, and other animals. This is surely a site that the children will love. After you enjoy your safari tour and the petting zoos, be sure to enjoy a picnic lunch under covered picnic areas.

Go Back in Time with the Sauer-Beckmann Living Farm.

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Located at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is the Sauer-Beckmann Living Farm. This farm is presented as it was in 1918.  Farm animals you will see here include sheep, hogs, and hens. This part of the property was settled by Johann and Christine Sauer in 1869. The Sauer’s had 10 children; one of them, Augusta Sauer Lindig was a midwife at President Johnson’s birth. In 1900, the Beckmann Family acquired this part of the property.

Tour the “Texas White House”.

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During his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson spent approximately 25% of his time at the “Texas White House”. The Texas White House officially opened to the public August 27, 2008. Tours run approximately 30 minutes in length and give great insight to the life of the Johnson Family. First floor tours of the home are conducted daily; ages 17 and under are free, ages 18 and up have an admission price of $3.00. You will see the President’s office, the living room, the dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms of President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.  The bedroom of President Johnson is exactly as it was the day of his death on January 25, 1973.  In every room on the first floor of the estate you will find at least one telephone. Each room has a television set in it, except for the dining room, as President Johnson believed in keeping very informed about the happenings of the country.  Outside the Texas White House is also a car museum and an airplane hangar for your viewing.