The French Legation Museum was the private home built in 1841 for the chargé d’affaires of the French Monarchy with the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois. It provides family programs, summer camps, food events, concerts, history lectures, and tours to celebrate and share the earliest history of Austin.
The first floor of the Texas State History Museum exhibits French 17th century shipwreck La Belle. Captained by French explorer La Salle, it changed our understanding of how European powers wrestled over colonizing this New World and is a good reminder of why the French monarchy’s flag is one of the six flags over Texas.
During the American Le Mans Series, each third week of September, the Circuit of the Americas, which is the first purpose-built Formula 1 Grand Prix facility in the US, feels like the authentic Western France race is taking place in Central Texas.
The facility can be visited year-round through tours offered on weekends, from 10 AM to 4PM by the Circuit of the Americas. Cost is $12.50 to $25 per person.
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