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Explore the Countryside on LBJ Ranch Tours

November 6th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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View the beautiful countryside and take a step into United States history by joining one of the LBJ Ranch Tours. Whether you want to see beautiful Texas land or learn more about President Lyndon B. Johnson, these tours will delight you.

About LBJ Ranch

President Johnson was born at what is now LBJ Ranch and lived his entire life there. He even died there and is buried onsite. Even after his death, Mrs. Johnson lived at the Ranch part-time until she passed away in 2007. The Ranch is part of the LBJ National Historical Park and is home to the Texas White House. Open to the public for the first time in August 2008, a tour of the Texas White House includes views into the President’s Office, living room, dining room, and the Johnsons’ bedroom suites.

Join One of the LBJ Ranch Tours

The LBJ Ranch offers two different LBJ Ranch Tours for Ranch visitors. Whether you want to explore the grounds on your own or have a guided tour, you will be amazed at the rich history embedded in this little piece of Texas.

Self-Guided Ranch Tours

Open seven days a week, except for certain holidays, this free tour is perfect for those of you who want to explore the Ranch in its entirety. Head over to the LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center where you will receive a map indicating the tour route. While you’re there, you can purchase a CD that contains narrative audio for the tour and a bonus DVD with videos and photos for you to reminisce your visit. The earliest you can receive a permit is 9 am and the latest is 4 pm so make sure to plan accordingly.

Texas White House Tours

At the heart of LBJ Ranch is the Texas White House where President Johnson spent a lot of his time both in and out of office. While the President and Mrs. Johnson donated their home to the National Park Service, they retained lifetime usage rights. Once Mrs. Johnson passed away in 2007, it was time to start preparing the home for public viewing and public tours.

On the 100th anniversary of President Johnson’s birth, his office, also known as the West Room, was opened to the public. Soon after that, in June 2009, the living room and dining room were opened, followed by the entire first floor in 2011. While taking the self-guided tour, you are able to stop by the Texas White House for a ranger-guided tour. The house tours last approximately 30 minutes in groups of 12 between 10 am and 4:30 pm. The tours are free for everyone under the age of 18 and $3 for all adults.

After a day exploring the rich history at the LBJ Ranch, rest your feet at Murski Homestead B&B. Experience the feel of a true Texas guest ranch and enjoy the amenities this bed and breakfast has to offer. During your stay at our world class Brenham bed and breakfast, you will enjoy a scenic country setting, quiet evenings indoors, or stargazing from a comfy spot on one of the porches. Every morning you will enjoy a “made from scratch” full Texas breakfast in the comfort of your mini suite or outdoors. We are a unique guest ranch located just an hour west of Houston and east of Austin. For more information on our area, download our free Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to host you and hear all about your LBJ Ranch tours!

Photo credit: LBJ Foundation / Flickr

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