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.

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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Visiting the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

A hub for historical memorabilia from the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, the LBJ Presidential Library offers a unique look at American history. Experience the 1960s through a variety of interactive and engaging exhibits like a replica of LBJ's Oval Office, numerous telephone recordings of the…

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Day Trip Destination: Round Rock

Just 20 minutes north of Austin, Round Rock is known for historic sites, a walk-able downtown, great shopping, and professional and amateur sports offerings. Get to know this destination and plan your day trip from Austin with our guide to the top things to do, see and eat in Round Rock. Downtown &…

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The Complete Austin Spring Bucket List

Spring is almost here! And with it comes loads of outdoor fun in Austin. From picnics in the park to scenic swimming holes and awesome events, you’ll find that our town knows how to make the most of this sunshine season. Here are 12 spring musts to put on your Austin bucket list. Windmill and…

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