Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Austin's Best Public Golf Courses, Clubs & Resorts

Austin is a favorite destination for golfers, thanks to its excellent year-round courses (many of which are PGA-endorsed). Whether you’re looking to tee off from one of Austin’s historic golf courses or want to make a weekend of it at a scenic Texas Hill Country resort, you’ll discover plenty of…

Continue Reading

Valentine's Day in Austin

Struggling for some unique date ideas for the 2022 Valentine's weekend in Austin? From delicious meals to fun activities to do together we've got you covered with some of the best ways to celebrate your loved one this Valentine's Day. Barley Swine. Credit Richard Casteel. ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS &…

Continue Reading

Weird Austin Guide

Austin’s reputation for “weirdness” is a bit hard to pin down. What exactly does it mean to be weird, anyway? If it means laid back, creative, fun-loving, and a little quirky, then it’s a fitting description. Visitors to our fair city should stop by some of these attractions to see if you agree with…

Continue Reading

Top Things To Do & See on South Congress

On a sunny day, there’s no place like the SoCo district in Austin. Fabulous restaurants, funky vintage shops, chic boutiques, cool bars and live music. Always, live music. If you're wondering what to do and where to find the best restaurants, music venues and shops on South Congress Avenue, read our…

Continue Reading

Live Music Venues in West Austin

West Austin is known for its rolling hills, scenic hiking trails and beautiful residential architecture, but it also boasts a few live music gems that provide residents and visitors alike with seemingly endless amounts of fun and entertainment. Check out a few of West Austin’s best music venues…

Continue Reading

8 Ways to Experience Austin's Zilker Park

Zilker Park is known as the "jewel in the heart of Austin," and it's easy to see why. The 351 acre park features a natural spring-fed swimming pool, sculpture garden, stand-up paddle boarding, dinosaurs (at the prehistoric gardens in the botanical garden) and unbeatable views of the Austin skyline…

Continue Reading

Best South Austin Restaurants

South Austin is home to many vibrant neighborhoods, each bursting with funky Austin flavor. Neighborhoods like South Congress and South First Street showcase Austin’s creative side with some of the most inventive eateries in town. Find South Austin restaurants on these hip strips, just south of Lady…

Continue Reading

20 of the Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

Continue Reading

Austin's Top Pet-Friendly Hotels

Not sure where to hang your hat (and leash) when you travel to Austin with pets? Austin is more than dog- friendly . In fact, you could say we're dog- obsessed . So there are plenty of welcoming hotels to choose from, including some of the city's best boutique and high-end accommodations. With pools…

Continue Reading