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.

Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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9 Reasons to Explore Austin's Outdoors

Whatever your recreational preference, Austin likely has it. The city is, after all, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, which boasts state parks, rivers, swimming holes, cliff walls and every other type of outdoor destination imaginable. Land-goers and water-lovers alike have countless ways to…

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Best Music Venues in Austin

From intimate listening venues to packed dance floors, dive bars to the bright lights of the big stage, Austin has a musical experience for every taste. Austin’s live music scene pervades every corner of the city, day or night. Gritty blues bands, indie rockers, solo singer-songwriters, reggae…

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What To Do on a Rainy Day in Austin

With more than 300 sunny days each year, Austin locals and visitors alike spend plenty of time outdoors. As for the other 65 days, Austin has plenty of ways to make even the dreariest of days memorable, all while staying dry. Don’t let the rain keep you inside all day, grab your umbrella and head to…

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35 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 35 iconic Austin sites you can’t miss while visiting the Capital City. Delve into the backstory of our fascinating town, where you can explore everything from art and history museums to lush parks, still kickin’ honky-tonks and restaurants that have…

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Top Things To Do & See on Sixth Street

Sixth Street is a party steeped in history. A destination for locals and tourists alike, the rollicking bars, live music venues and fabulous restaurants have seen a lot over the years, and they all have a story to tell. Courtesy of Parkside. DINING It may be a party district, but Sixth Street is…

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Guide to Austin's Musician Street Art

Street art reflects the beliefs, ideas and culture of a community. In Austin, a lot of the public art works showcase Austin's deep love and appreciation for music and the artists who helped put the city on the map. Austin would not be the Live Music Capital of the World® if it weren't for the…

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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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Live Music Venues in Downtown Austin

There’s only one official way to experience Downtown Austin, and that’s to see some live music at one (or a few) of the many established music venues. Here are five of the top venues we think you should hit while you're exploring Austin's vibrant downtown. The Suffers at Antone's. Courtesy of Hot…

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Top Things to Do in Austin During SXSW

Even if your schedule is packed with SXSW activations and events, it’s important to take time to experience the city. We’ve listed a few of our favorite things to do in Austin during SXSW below. Check each one off your list so you can brag about your awesome trip to friends back home. La Condesa…

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