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.

15 Hill Country Towns Worth a Visit

Sample locally made wine and beer, take off on an outdoor adventure, kick up your heels at a dance hall and shop one-of-a-kind boutiques in these 15 charming small towns found in beautiful Texas Hill Country. 1. Dripping Springs Sip your way through the Distillery District, which boasts wineries…

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Austin

Whether you’re in town for Austin City Limits, a fall weekend getaway or just looking for some good bier and schnitzel, we’ve put together the definitive guide to all things German this October. Prost! Courtesy Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. 9/21/19 - 10/6/19 Oktoberfest Specials LeRoy &…

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Your Complete Fall Bucket List

Celebrate autumn in Austin with loads of fun, seasonal activities, including everything from pumpkin patches to fall fests and spooky tours. We have 22 festive fall ideas to get you started. Fall Pumpkin Patch. Credit Barton Hill Farms. 1. Pick pumpkins and explore a corn maze at local farms. Head…

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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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Austin's Best Public Golf Courses, Clubs & Resorts

Austin is a favorite destination for golfers, thanks to its excellent year-round courses (many of which are PGA-endorsed). Whether you’re looking to tee off from one of Austin’s historic golf courses or want to make a weekend of it at a scenic Texas Hill Country resort, you’ll discover plenty of…

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Visiting Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

After an extensive renovation and expansion, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has relaunched as a luxurious, relaxed retreat embodying the spirit and beauty of its home in the Hill Country. Get to know this stunning spa and golf resort, then be one of the first to experience the magic of Omni Barton…

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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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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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Top Things To Do & See in West Austin

If the urban hubbub is too much, go west. With its rolling hills, gorgeous views, scenic drives, elegant resorts, waterfront restaurants and multiple lakes, you’ll see an entirely different side of the city. Take a break and make it a lake day in West Austin. Courtesy of Hula Hut. Dining Find…

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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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