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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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Visiting Barton Springs Pool

How many cities can boast a three-acre, spring fed pool right in the center of town? Austin can, with the famous Barton Springs Pool. Fed by four bubbling springs, this natural wonder maintains a brisk 68-70° year ‘round. Surrounded by grassy embankments, visitors to the pool can lounge in the shade…

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Austin's Asian-Owned Brands & Retailers

So many cultures and demographics make up Austin’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. But shared between them all are fantastic independent and family-owned businesses that make Austin what it is today! Here’s a list of Asian-owned shops that should be on your radar. Stores and Retail…

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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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Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

Experience the hottest new chefs and inventive culinary creations May 26-29, 2022 at Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival. This annual event—created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland—is a melting pot of the culinary and…

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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 and cooling off in a spring-fed swimming hole, to catching an outdoor concert and picnicking in a scenic park. Here are 25 fun ideas to help build your Austin summer bucket list…

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Where to Eat in Austin Right Now

Looking for the best places to eat in Austin right now? Our curated list of new and essential restaurants to sample will almost certainly have whatever you’re craving, from fall-off-the-bone barbecue to elevated Mexican eats and upscale sushi experiences. Eat up y'all! Gati. Courtesy of Jam…

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9 Reasons to Explore Austin's Outdoors

Whatever your recreational preference, Austin likely has it. The city is, after all, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, which boasts state parks, rivers, swimming holes, cliff walls and every other type of outdoor destination imaginable. Land-goers and water-lovers alike have countless ways to…

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Music Venues in South Austin

Known for being an expansive district of oak tree-scattered neighborhoods, green spaces, and the quintessential weirdness that, well, keeps Austin weird, South Austin is filled with a ton of hidden gems that locals like to keep secret. A secret no more, here are some of the best live music spots you…

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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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