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.

Top 5 Things To Do in East Austin

East Austin has evolved into a hot destination for great food, luscious lounges, and marvelous educational museums. Discover the best East Austin restaurants, bars, museums, live music venues and more. Then find your perfect East Austin hotel and book your stay! The hangouts are casual in East…

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25 Places for a Margarita in Austin

Nothing says Austin like an icy margarita enjoyed on an outdoor patio. The city offers countless great places that mix amazing margaritas. But how do you pick just one (or two, or three!)? To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! Jump to Map…

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James Beard Nominated & Award Winning Restaurants

While Austin still excels at barbecue and Tex-Mex, the city has a wide variety of cuisines and styles. From interior Mexican to regional Italian to farm-to-table New American, there is something for everyone, and the James Beard Foundation is taking note. Have a look at these eateries from recent…

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The Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Austin

Austin's reputation for vibrant culture is showcased by its abundance of walkable neighborhoods, each packed with unique attractions and amenities. Here are some of the best walkable neighborhoods in Austin. Downtown's 2nd Street District. Courtesy of 2nd Street District. Downtown Austin Downtown…

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Where to Celebrate Juneteenth In Austin

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” is a holiday that celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, some states under Confederate jurisdiction did not implement it until years later. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that Union…

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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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Best East Austin Restaurants

East Austin is a mixture of longstanding history, brand-spanking-new development, and hip haunts. It’s also home to some of Austin’s best and buzziest restaurants. From acclaimed and influential Texas barbecue to fresh takes on traditional Mexican cooking techniques, East Austin is a vibrant and…

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Visiting the Thinkery, Austin's Children's Museum

Little ones and parents alike love Austin’s hands-on children’s museum, the Thinkery, where science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) exhibits get families learning and laughing. Located in the Mueller neighborhood, the Thinkery is open daily and within walking distance from popular…

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Best Music Venues in Austin

From intimate listening venues to packed dance floors, and 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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Where to Shop Vintage Around Town in Austin

A well-kept secret is that Austin is one of the nation's meccas for vintage enthusiasts. From clothing and accessories to home good and furniture, Austin is home to at least 30 vintage shops catered for lovers of the past. Looking for a little nostalgia? These areas of Austin are home to many of our…

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