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.

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Christine Felton

Christine is a Marketing Manager at Visit Austin. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, proud South Austin resident and native Texan. She is passionate about travel, classic film, grammar, queso fries and live music. On the weekends, you may find her in a nearby yoga studio, exploring a local nature preserve or visiting a craft brewery with friends. Follow her journey through Austin on Twitter or Instagram!

Historic Austin: Congress Avenue

Congress Avenue isn’t just Austin’s main street – it is the main street of Texas. Mirabeau Lamar, successor to Sam Houston as president of the newborn Republic of Texas, directed that a city be built here in 1839, specifically for the seat of government. His plan called for a 120-foot wide…

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August 2019 Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to August in Austin where high temps mean refreshing natural swimming holes , unique cultural events , funky food festivals, and plenty of al fresco dining with iced treats and cool drinks . If you are still looking to pack in as much summer fun as possible before school starts again, then…

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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…

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Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign 's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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July Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a night or for a week there are almost infinite ways to keep busy and stay cool. Here are some of our favorite events around town this July: Willie Nelson's 4th of July…

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Top Things To Do & See in West Austin

If the urban hubbub is too much, go west. With its rolling hills, gorgeous views, scenic drives, elegant resorts, waterfront restaurants and multiple lakes, you’ll see an entirely different side of the city. Take a break and make it a lake day in West Austin . Courtesy of Hula Hut. Dining Find…

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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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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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