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.

Day Trip Destination: Schlitterbahn

Situated in the rolling hills of Central Texas is the state's first waterpark, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels . For the past 40 years, Schlitterbahn has been one of the top destinations for family fun during the hot summer months. Located less than an hour outside of the Austin city limits…

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Hop-On/Hop-Off with Double Decker Tours

If you're searching for a flexible tour in Austin that's rich in history and perfect for capturing photos, then check out Double Decker Austin . This tour features a hop-on/hop-off structure, so you have the freedom to get off at any stop along the route and do explore the city at your own pace. The…

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Where to Go Ziplining in and Around Austin

Wondering where to go ziplining in Austin? Take advantage of the beautiful Texas Hill Country surroundings while flying through the trees on a zipline adventure. Check out some of the best zipline tours around the city, all located within 25 miles of downtown. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures Fly…

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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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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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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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Shop Like a Local: 6 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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Visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Tucked away in South Austin , the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center brims with native Central Texas blooms and landscapes. Designated as the State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas, the gardens reflect the unique story of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson’s journey towards beautifying Austin…

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30 Things Your Kids Will Love in Austin

Visiting Austin with the kids? We’ve got 30 great ideas for fun family activities they’ll love, from swimming holes and food trucks, to kid-friendly live music and museums that welcome curious little explorers. Start planning your family vacay today! Courtesy of Big Top Candy Shop. 1. Let the kids…

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Visiting the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Immerse yourself in Greek Revival architecture and life during Austin’s 19th century. Located near the campus of The University of Texas , the Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of few Antebellum buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and…

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