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 Austin's Central Library

Austin’s Central Library, located in the Seaholm District, is one of the city’s most beautiful public spaces. Opened in 2018, the library serves as a modern technology and information hub that reflects Austin’s vibrant culture and unique soul. The space reflects natural characteristics of the Hill…

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Visiting Pioneer Farms

Travel back in time to the 19th century when you visit Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms. This living history museum is located in North Austin, and offers seven themed historic areas with educational experiences for any age. Explore Texas history in real time as you venture across their site of over 90…

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Austin FC & Q2 Stadium: What You Need to Know

Austin FC, the 27 th club in Major League Soccer has quickly become a fan-favorite team in the local and national soccer scene. From the legendary co-owner and Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey, leading chants; to supporters traveling across the country to cheer on the team; and the club’s…

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Visiting Barton Springs Pool

How many cities can boast a three-acre, spring fed pool right in the center of town? Austin can, with the famous Barton Springs Pool. Fed by four bubbling springs, this natural wonder maintains a brisk 68-70° year ‘round. Surrounded by grassy embankments, visitors to the pool can lounge in the shade…

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Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

There is nothing quite like the drive-in experience. Watching movies outdoors under the moonlight, with the evening breeze blowing through open windows and a bag of popcorn in hand, just seems like more of an event than kicking it inside a movie theater. And since it’s practically outdoor movie…

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Explore Austin's Moody Center

The newest jewel in Austin’s live music crown is the Moody Center. Recently opened in April 2022, the ambitious arena is located on the University of Texas campus and plays host to music and sporting events. Complete with outdoor space, several bars, and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, it…

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Pedernales Falls Hiking Guide

Pedernales Falls State Park has arguably some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the Texas Hill Country. While the river itself is reason enough to visit the park, scenic trails wind through forests, atop ridges, and along the riverside. Walk the sandy shores of the Pedernales River and…

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Visiting the Elisabet Ney Museum

On the edge of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood sits an unusual building. Although it’s made of abundant local Texas limestone, its neoclassical portico and two-story tower stand out in a community of Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows. It’s the Elisabet Ney Museum and, just like the woman…

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Visiting the Austin Nature & Science Center

If you are a parent to a budding naturalist or future environmentalist, a trip to the Austin Nature & Science Center is a must. Within the boundaries of Zilker Park, this ecological refuge lets kids explore and discover the natural Austin environment and learn about geology, animals, paleontology…

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Autism-Friendly Activities in Austin

If you or a loved one has mild or ~spicy~ autism, here are some spots that offer a great time in Austin. Whether you're planning a date, taking some much-needed alone time, or headed on a family outing, each location offers a place for autistic people to just be . Cheers! Credit Thinkery. Things to…

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