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.

7 of the Best Swimming Holes in & Around Austin

There’s no denying it: summer is sizzling in Austin. But luckily, Mother Nature helps out with a number of splashy swimming holes that offer a fun way to cool off. Shake the summer heat at some of the best swimming holes found in and around Austin: Blue Hole. Credit Pierce Ingram. Blue Hole Drive…

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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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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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Day Trip Destination: Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Dreaming about your next getaway, but can’t commit to a week-long vacation right now? Sometimes taking a few hours away from your usual routine is all you need to recharge your mind, body and soul - and Miraval Austin Resort & Spa 's day package , which features full access to Miraval's extensive…

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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 of offer. The Texas White House at LBJ National Historic Park. Credit NPS…

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The Ultimate Guide to Austin Barbecue

When it comes to dining in Austin, you can’t leave town without trying some true Texas barbecue. Whether you like your ribs and brisket done old school-style or with a modern twist, you’re sure to find your new favorite among these sizzling barbecue hot spots. Franklin Barbecue, credit Eric Ellis…

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Visiting Lakeway Resort & Spa

Nestled on the banks of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country, the 168-room Lakeway Resort and Spa creates a distinct getaway bordering the urban allure of Austin. With lakeside diversions of sailing, boating, fishing and water activities across 65 miles of lakeshore, the AAA Four Diamond Award…

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Where to See Wildflowers Near Austin

Every spring , the Texas Hill Country blooms into a colorful cascade of delicate Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes and Indian Blankets, as wildflowers blanket the meadows, fields and valleys near Austin. Bring your camera, and your sense of wonder, as you scout out these top 10 spots for spectacular…

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Experiencing Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort is Texas’ premier AAA Four Diamond-rated and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice luxury lake and hill country resort. On the heels of a $70 million dollar renovation, the resort creates unforgettable opportunities for the whole family and offers a variety of unique amenities for all. As…

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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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