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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Lauren Brown

Lauren is the Marketing and Social Media Specialist for Visit Austin. She is a proud graduate of both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing specializing in Digital and Social Media from The University of Alabama. A passionate world traveler, Lauren has explored all seven continents. In her free time, you can find her in the kitchen creating her next delectable charcuterie board, poolside with the latest hot read, planning her dream travel itinerary or delighting in the next must try restaurant!

Where to Eat & Drink in Austin this Summer

Summer in Austin is best spent basking in the sun while indulging in the city’s renowned bar and restaurant scene. Post up on a patio with a frozen beverage in hand or sample bites at a food truck. Here are our favorite summer staples from raw bars to patios, and don’t forget the sweet treats! Have…

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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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How to Plan a Perfect Bachelorette Party in Austin

There’s a reason Austin regularly tops the list as one of the best bachelorette party destinations. With a little bit of everything for the bride and her besties from lakes and bars to spas, live music & Instagrammable stops, Austin makes planning a weekend of celebration events easy. Here are some…

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Austin

Whether you’re in town for Austin City Limits, a fall weekend getaway or just looking for some good bier and schnitzel, we’ve put together the definitive guide to all things German this October. Prost! St. Elmo Brewing Annual Oktoberfest. Courtesy St. Elmo Brewing. 9/15/23 - 10/1/23 Easy Tiger…

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Best Coffee Shops in Austin

Looking for the perfect cup of joe? You'll find it in Austin, where local roasters, craft brewers and champion latte artists abound, offering up everything from fair trade certified and locally roasted beans to spicy seasonal handcrafted chais and intricately detailed rosettas. While you may find…

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Where to Find Seasonal Flavors this Fall

Fall is knocking on Austin’s door and local restaurants, bars and breweries are spinning out pints, plates and cones showcasing the season’s bounty. Get your fall fill with these 30 picks for local fall food and beverages. Tiny Pies. Credit Annie Ray Photography. Pumpkin Sweets With autumn comes…

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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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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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Where to Find Austin's Best Breakfast Tacos

In Austin, breakfast tacos are a dietary staple.... like water, but tastier. These are not burritos, but carefully curated tortillas with essential, well-seasoned fillings of all types. You've seen our top taco round-up, but no meal takes a stand like the iconic Austin breakfast taco to start your…

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Visiting The Contemporary Austin

If you're looking for an engaging way to spend a peaceful day in the capital city, the answer is The Contemporary Austin, Austin's only museum solely focused on contemporary artists and their works. Home to two unique museums, both Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center offer world class modern art…

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