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.

7 of the Best Swimming Holes in & Around Austin

There’s no denying it: summer is sizzling in Austin. But luckily, Mother Nature helps out with a number of splashy swimming holes that offer a fun way to cool off. Shake the summer heat at some of the best swimming holes found in and around Austin: Blue Hole. Credit Pierce Ingram. Blue Hole Drive…

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Day Trip Destination: San Marcos

Just a short drive south of Austin, San Marcos offers a quaint Texas experience. Make time for a day trip with our guide to San Marcos, where you can go tubing and float the scenic San Marcos River, explore the Texas State University campus, spend a day shopping at two expansive outlet malls, visit…

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Visiting the Austin Zoo

Located southwest of the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve , the Austin Zoo is a family-friendly adventure. Open year-round, the animal sanctuary and rescue houses more than 300 animals of 100 different species. Featuring a feeding area, a train ride and regular educational demonstrations, kids and…

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Experiencing Austin Arts & Culture

Austin is an epicenter of creativity. And there’s no better way to plug into that inspiring energy than with a visit to some of the city’s top art museums, galleries, performing arts spaces and annual art events. Check out this roundup of Austin art and culture hubs you can’t miss. Ellsworth…

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Where to Eat & Drink in Austin this Summer

Summer days and nights in Austin are best spent indulging in the city’s renowned dining and drinking scene. So go ahead and post up on a patio, seek out a popular food truck or pull up a bar stool and sample some of Austin’s best summer treats. Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden…

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Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Experience the best of Austin, without putting a serious dent in your wallet, with our suggestions for 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re here. Stretch your travel dollars with everything from affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours. Texas State Capitol…

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5 Minutes with a Local: Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams has been making seasonal and sustainable artisan ice creams in Austin, Texas since 2011. We sat down with co-owners and local ice cream connoisseurs Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier to learn more about the inspiration behind the favored, hyper-local ice cream shop. Get to…

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Taste of Black Austin

The Taste of Black Austin is a signature event, hosted by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce , which explores the history and economic prosperity of Black Austin through the context of food. This year's event will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Peached Social House . The…

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Day Trip Destination: Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Dreaming about your next getaway, but can’t commit to a week-long vacation right now? Sometimes taking a few hours away from your usual routine is all you need to recharge your mind, body and soul - and Miraval Austin Resort & Spa 's day package , which features full access to Miraval's extensive…

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June Top Events & Festivals

Whether you plan to pack a picnic or grab a paddle, catch a classic or experience something new, there's something for every interest in Austin this summer. If you're looking for something to do this June, head to Austin for one of these hot events and festivals around town: 5/23/19 - 8/31/19 Summer…

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