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.

8 Ways to Experience Austin's Zilker Park

Zilker Park is known as the "jewel in the heart of Austin," and it's easy to see why. It features an enormous, natural spring-fed swimming pool, sculpture garden, stand-up paddle boarding, dinosaurs (at the prehistoric gardens in the botanical garden), and unbeatable views of the Austin skyline…

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Day Trip Destination: New Braunfels and Gruene

Experience Texas’ German Roots in New Braunfels, Texas. This Hill Country town is located an hour outside of Austin and is jam-packed with outdoor activities, historic attractions and wonderful restaurants, making it the perfect day trip destination for visitors to Austin. Plus, be sure to explore…

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Top Things To Do & See in South Austin

South Austin is what locals like to call a "taste of old Austin." Quaint houses, old-school boutiques, iconic restaurants and new eateries by some of the city's top up-and-coming chefs populate this lively nook. Head here to get away from the crowds and decompress in Austin's largest city park…

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Top Things To Do & See on Rainey Street

The Rainey Street District in Austin, Texas is a residential-turned-commercial row boasting bars in remodeled bungalows, upscale eateries and food trucks galore. Find out where to go and what to do on this street that never sleeps: Rainey Street Bars. Credit Geoff Duncan. DINING Sunday Funday is…

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Hill Country Day Trip: Dripping Springs

If you’ve had your fill of walking around downtown Austin and are looking for other hot spots to visit, don’t fret: there are tons of lovely towns just outside of the Austin city limits that are perfect for spending a day in. One of the most popular towns for visitors (and locals!) is Dripping…

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Iconic Film Locations to Visit Near Austin

From box office major hits to independent cinematic brilliance, Austin and the surrounding Hill Country has provided the landscape for filmmakers to bring their vision to life on the big screen. Of course, "Dazed and Confused" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" are some of the most talked about titles…

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When it’s Cold in Austin, Head to One of These Local Spots

Most of Austin’s winter is temperate, but there are few weeks of cold weather. Our staff recommends these restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops when you're looking to get extra cozy. The Backspace. Credit Carrie Ryan. “Head to The Backspace for a cozy date night or to catch up with your…

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