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 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 Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Austin

If you're planning to spend Thanksgiving in Austin, let our award-winning chefs minimize your time in the kitchen and dine in or order in from these local restaurants. Find Austin restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, plus great places to order Thanksgiving meals to take home. Courtesy of TLC…

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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2022 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to…

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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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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2023

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at the Zoo, here are…

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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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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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