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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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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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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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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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Experiencing Austin Black Pride

Wondering where the Black LGBT folks go in Austin? The city is filled with so many things to do, and there’s a little something for everyone – if not, it’s the perfect place to create it! Take, for instance, Austin Black Pride . Austin is quite the queer-friendly city, with the Austin LGBT Chamber of…

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Top Picks for Memorial Day Weekend in Austin

Planning to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Austin? Whether you’re in the mood to relax and unwind or get outside, we’ve got you covered! Here are our suggestions for the best ways to spend three days off in Austin, Texas. Go Camping Just outside the city lies thousands of acres of untamed…

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Where to See Live Music This Summer

Austin is known for its diverse live music scene that proudly celebrates homegrown talent. And you can catch performances nearly anywhere in town, from an intimate shady patio to a huge concert in a city park. We’ve pulled together suggestions for some of the can’t-miss music series and festivals…

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Your Complete Austin Summer Bucket List

Summertime is a great time to visit Austin. Outdoor activities are the name of the game, from kayaking Lady Bird Lake to cooling off in a spring-fed swimming hole and catching a concert in a scenic park. Here are 35 fun ideas to help build your Austin summer bucket list. Rowing Dock kayaks at the…

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