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.

Visiting the Thinkery, Austin's Children's Museum

Little ones and parents alike love Austin’s hands-on children’s museum, the Thinkery, where science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) exhibits get families learning and laughing. Located in the Mueller neighborhood, the Thinkery is open daily and within walking distance from popular…

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Austin Farmers Markets Worth Visiting

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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Three Days in Austin on a Budget

There are budget-friendly things to do all over Austin, and we've pulled a list of some visitor favorites. Stretch your travel dollars with this three-day itinerary of budget-friendly eats, sips and sees. Looking for more? Check out these 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Austin. Courtesy of…

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Austin's Best Tours

Visiting Austin for a few hours, and want to see the most you can in a short amount of time? New to town, and want insider access to all things Austin? From guided walking tours of downtown to a culinary adventure through Austin's best food trucks, call on these local tour companies to show your…

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Field of Light Installation Comes to Austin

Bruce Munro's Field of Light at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center There’s no doubt that Austin offers amazing nightlife. Take an evening away from the action and immerse yourself in Austin’s newest breathtaking art installation. In collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, C3…

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Best State Parks & Recreation Areas Near Austin

Austin is surrounded by incredible parks and outdoor recreation areas. With rolling green meadows, wide open spaces, giant cypress and oak trees throughout the countryside and along creeks, limestone cliffs, rocky riverbeds, rivers, lakes and caves, Central Texas has some of the most diverse…

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Best Sushi Restaurants in Austin

Hundreds of miles away from any significant source of water and yet, Austin’s got an awe-inspiring sushi scene. Sushi lovers seeking any level of experience - from casual to exquisite - will find a dining option in our fair city. Uchi & Uchiko Uchi is the most recognizable name in sushi in Austin…

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Top East Austin Music Venues

As the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin, Texas doesn't fall short on places to experience all different styles of music. In particular, East Austin is home to many venues that are full of character, both new and old. Locals and visitors flock to the east side every day of the week to get…

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Day Trip Destination: Bastrop

Visitors travel across Texas in search of serene vistas and wide-open skies… but that road trip isn’t necessary. Austin is lucky enough to be just 30 minutes away from neighboring Bastrop, a city whose charm cannot be overstated. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the heart of Austin. Bastrop feels a…

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Top Japanese Restaurants in Austin

Japanese cuisine is wonderfully complex, reflecting the immense region and the people, culture, and politics that have shaped both history and food. Austin’s Japanese restaurants bring all of the flavors to bear - from sushi to shabu-shabu, ramen to udon. Kemuri Tatsu-ya. Credit Julia Keim…

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