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.

Historic Austin: Congress Avenue

Congress Avenue isn’t just Austin’s main street – it is the main street of Texas. Mirabeau Lamar, successor to Sam Houston as president of the newborn Republic of Texas, directed that a city be built here in 1839, specifically for the seat of government. His plan called for a 120-foot wide…

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Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Experience the best of Austin, without putting a serious dent in your wallet, with our suggestions for 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re here. Stretch your travel dollars with everything from affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours. Texas State Capitol…

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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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30 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 30 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 April Events & Festivals

With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, there's really no bad time to visit Austin, Texas. But you sure can't go wrong with an April trip! This month is all about live music , family fun , cultural arts happenings , experiencing the outdoors and one of the best culinary events in the state. Come…

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Visiting the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Immerse yourself in Greek Revival architecture and life during Austin’s 19th century. Located near the campus of The University of Texas , the Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of few Antebellum buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and…

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Visiting the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

A hub for historical memorabilia from the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, the LBJ Presidential Library offers a unique look at American history. Experience the 1960s through a variety of interactive and engaging exhibits like a replica of LBJ's Oval Office, numerous telephone recordings of the…

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Day Trip Destination: Round Rock

Just 20 minutes north of Austin, Round Rock is known for historic sites, a walk-able downtown, great shopping, and professional and amateur sports offerings. Get to know this destination and plan your day trip from Austin with our guide to the top things to do, see and eat in Round Rock. Downtown &…

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Your Perfect 3-Day Austin Itinerary

Austin is the ideal place to enjoy a long weekend. But don’t expect to just kick back and relax. There’s way too much to see and do, from shopping on funky South Congress Avenue to stand-up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake and seeing live music in one of the many clubs around town. Get ready for…

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