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.

Day Trip Destination: Marble Falls, TX

Though just 50 miles west of Austin, the city of Marble Falls makes you feel like you’re in some kind of dream. Revel in the great outdoors! Pick berries at a quaint farm! Eat pies the size of a small country! Drink cold craft beer! Picnic in a vineyard! Let’s be honest — a day trip here simply…

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Mother's Day Gifts & Brunch in Austin

If you're planning to spend Mother's Day with the special women in your life in Austin, there are plenty of ways to make moms and mother figures feel special. Check out the ideas below for details on Mother’s Day Brunch for dine-in or takeout, or to curate a special gift from one of our local shops…

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Shop Like a Local: 7 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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Mount Bonnell for Beginners

While part of the allure of Austin includes more than 300 days of sunshine per year, those visitors with more urban experience might find themselves intimidated by the unbelievable variety of outdoor activities that the city has to offer. Whether you're here for the day or plan on sticking around…

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Guide to Austin's Anderson Lane Neighborhood

Located in North-Central Austin, the Anderson Lane area is a convenient place to stay the night or spend an afternoon, just minutes from shopping at the Domain and Domain NORTHSIDE, history and culture at the University of Texas at Austin and downtown activities and nightlife. The suburban…

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Best Indie Bookstores in Austin

Austin's independent spirit is alive and well in our community-owned, new and used bookstores. Make time to visit one of the many independently owned bookstores located around the city. All of them have something different to offer—here’s a list of the best indie bookstores to visit in Austin, on…

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Visiting Lakeway Resort & Spa

Nestled on the banks of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country, the 168-room Lakeway Resort and Spa creates a distinct getaway bordering the urban allure of Austin. With lakeside diversions of sailing, boating, fishing and water activities across 65 miles of lakeshore, the AAA Four Diamond Award…

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Best Restaurant Patios in Austin

Whether its a date night under string lights or a sunny alfresco outing – no Austin experience is complete without enjoying the city’s many outdoor dining options. Our top picks range from dog-friendly to treehouse-like to sleek and architecturally-impressive. Which open-air adventure will you…

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NASCAR Rolls in to Austin

Race fans will have an experience like no other when NASCAR visits Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for the first time, courtesy of Speedway Motorsports. The inaugural NASCAR at COTA race weekend will take place May 21-23, 2021 and feature four different racing series. “Our company is…

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Visiting the Zilker Botanical Garden

If Zilker Park is the heart of Austin, then surely the Zilker Botanical Garden is the heart of the city’s favorite park. This 28-acre expanse of lush greenery, flowers, and streams welcomes 300,000 visitors every year to wander the grounds and enjoy a peaceful respite from the city. Over the 6+…

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