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.

50 Cheap & Free Things to Do in Austin, TX

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 live music and fun tours. Texas State…

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Visiting Camp Lucy

You’ve Heard About It, It’s Time to Experience It. Just outside of the city limits, the picturesque town of Dripping Springs is booming with breweries, wineries, distilleries, natural parks and more. Whether visiting central Texas for the first time or in search of an Austin staycation, experience…

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Austin's Secret Speakeasies

What makes a good speakeasy? A feeling of discovery? A strong sense of place? Great drinks? Yes, yes, and yes. Inside a great speakeasy, the outside world seems to stop. Windowless and timeless, there’s just you and the few people with whom you get to share the experience. Get in on the secret at…

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Day Trip Destination: Johnson City

Just an hour west of Austin, Johnson City is a perfect day trip destination. Whether you are interested in the story of LBJ, outdoor adventures, wineries, art, or science, this area of the Texas Hill Country has a lot to offer. History The town is named after the ancestors of the 36 th President of…

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Top Things To Do & See in Mueller

Mueller looks a little different from most neighborhoods in Austin, partly because it’s a lot newer, built with a vision in mind—sustainability, walkability and greenery everywhere. There’s always something happening in Mueller, both at the restaurants and bars, but also in the massive park that…

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Visiting Reimers Ranch Park

For the outdoor enthusiast or the casual sunbather, Milton Reimers Ranch is the best of the Texas Hill Country. Located just a quick 30-40 minute drive from downtown Austin, this place feels like a world away! About Reimers Ranch This gorgeous property once belonged to fourth generation Texas…

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Guide to Austin's Dance Bars & Night Clubs

Looking to get your dancin’ shoes on? Austin’s unique nightlife experience has a unique flavor of fun. Since the ‘80s when Austin’s new wave and punk scene lit up the dirt floors of former venue Liberty Bell, which led to the scene developing a taste for more electronic styles of dance music, the…

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Day Trip Destination: New Braunfels and Gruene

Experience Texas’ German Roots in New Braunfels, Texas. This Hill Country town is located an hour outside of Austin and is jam-packed with outdoor activities, historic attractions and wonderful restaurants, making it the perfect day trip destination for visitors to Austin. Plus, be sure to explore…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Spots Near Things to Do

Exploring Austin in an electric vehicle? We highly recommend it as the city is stupendously EV-friendly. So if you’re looking for a place to park and charge while you wander, eat, recreate or explore, we’ve got you covered with where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Austin, including…

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Historic Austin: West Austin

West Austin is a National Register Historic District, positioned north of Lady Bird Lake and west of downtown. Established in 1853, the district is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Texas Governor Elisha Peace owned several plantations in the region which he later sold to former enslaved…

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