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.

Day Trip Destination: Schlitterbahn

Situated in the rolling hills of Central Texas is the state's first waterpark, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels . For the past 40 years, Schlitterbahn has been one of the top destinations for family fun during the hot summer months. Located less than an hour outside of the Austin city limits…

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Hop-On/Hop-Off with Double Decker Tours

If you're searching for a flexible tour in Austin that's rich in history and perfect for capturing photos, then check out Double Decker Austin . This tour features a hop-on/hop-off structure, so you have the freedom to get off at any stop along the route and do explore the city at your own pace. The…

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July Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a night or for a week there are almost infinite ways to keep busy and stay cool. Here are some of our favorite events around town this July: Willie Nelson's 4th of July…

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Where to Go Ziplining in and Around Austin

Wondering where to go ziplining in Austin? Take advantage of the beautiful Texas Hill Country surroundings while flying through the trees on a zipline adventure. Check out some of the best zipline tours around the city, all located within 25 miles of downtown. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures Fly…

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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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Where to Eat & Drink in Austin this Summer

Summer days and nights in Austin are best spent indulging in the city’s renowned dining and drinking scene. So go ahead and post up on a patio, seek out a popular food truck or pull up a bar stool and sample some of Austin’s best summer treats. Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden…

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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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