The Austin Cactus & Succulent Society would like to invite you to Austin, Texas for the 2013 CSSA Convention. It will be held June 15th through 20th at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The Sheraton is located in the heart of downtown – within walking distance of many Austin attractions.   

The rich succulent flora of Texas provides numerous opportunities to visit plant habitats. There are approximately 136 taxa (95 species and 41 varieties) of cacti found in Texas. Other succulents include species of agave, dasylirion, euphorbia, fouquieria, hechtia, hesperaloe, ibervillea, jatropha, manfreda, nolina, and yucca. There will be several field trips to locations in Austin and the Central Texas area (including nurseries, gardens and habitats) to see many of these species.

Our club is excited to be hosting the CSSA and is busy planning what we hope will be an informative and educational (as well as fun and memorable) experience.

About Austin

In the state capital of Texas, we pride ourselves on being far from ordinary. In fact, we celebrate being “weird.” Austin is a hot spot for creativity and embraces its community of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and progressive thinkers.

We’re home to a singer named Willie, a cyclist named Lance and a Longhorn steer named Bevo. And we’re known for being the Live Music Capital of the World, a title that we take pretty seriously with nearly 200 live music venues.

But that’s not all that forms our landscape. As the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, rolling hills and sparkling waterways abound in Austin. And each night during the summer, we gather to watch 1.5 million bats take flight from underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Now that we’ve covered some of our sights and sounds, it’s time to get a taste of Austin. The kitchens of some of the country’s best Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants can be found here. As can a wide selection of local and organic specialties.

All this just scratches the surface of what makes Austin like no place else. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, there’s always something playing here. We invite you to take in as much as you can.

Austin’s Top Attractions

Barton Springs

Three acres in size, the pool is fed from underground springs and water temperatures remain a constant, cool 68 degrees year-round.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
From rare artifacts to interactive displays, the Bob Bullock Museum creatively tells the story of Texas.

Texas State Capitol

With more than 1 million visitors per year, the Texas State Capitol ranks as one of Austin’s most popular attractions. Completed in 1886, the Texas State Capitol is the largest in square footage of all state capitols and surpasses the national Capitol in height by 14 feet.

Warehouse and Sixth Street Entertainment Districts

Four blocks of Fourth and Fifth Streets comprise the Warehouse District. The buildings have been renovated from warehouses to trendy, distinctive hot spots. Austin’s Sixth Street is widely known for its unique blend of dance clubs, live music venues, restaurants and bars.

Congress Avenue Bats
– Only in Austin will you find millions of bats and thousands of humans all hanging out under the same bridge every night. Austin boasts the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tail bats in North America with a population of 1.5 million. The sunset exodus of the bats creates a nightly spectacle from March through October with onlookers watching as the nocturnal creatures emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge.

Highland Lakes
Austin stands as the gateway to seven Highland Lakes that stairstep 100 miles through the Central Texas Hill Country. Area lakes offer a variety of aquatic adventures, from sailing on Lake Travis to water-skiing on Lake Austin and canoeing along Town Lake.

Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail

Ten miles of trails border Town Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists.

One of the hippest Austin hangouts is SoCo, a colorful stretch of Congress Avenue lined with funky shops, trendy dining spots, unique accommodations, art galleries and music venues. On the first Thursday of each month, merchants keep their doors open until 10 p.m., playing host to an array of events and activities.

Harry Ransom Center
Home to the Gutenberg Bible and the world’s first photograph, the HRC also archives 30 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs and more than 100,000 works of art.

Blanton Museum of Art
Recognized among the country’s top university fine arts collections, the museum is located on University of Texas’ campus. Galleries feature contemporary Latin American, Renaissance and Western art. The Blanton has a notable permanent collection of more than 17,000 works and is recognized for its Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
This special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. Every day, the Wildflower Center brings life to Mrs. Johnson’s vision in its public gardens, its woodlands and sweeping meadows as well as in internationally influential research. As much as 30 percent of the world’s native flora is at risk of extinction.
The Wildflower Center was intended to help preserve and restore that beauty and the biological richness of North America. Since then, the Center has become one of the country’s most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants.
The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central  Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.

Come Explore with Us!

Opuntia macrocentra
Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Echinocactus texensis
Pedernales Falls State Park
Enchanted Rock State Park
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hechtia texensis
Yucca rostrata
Dasylirion texanum