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.

Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2022

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at the Zoo, here are…

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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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Austin Museum Day 2022 Attractions & Galleries

Austin has a booming art scene as well as a number of nationally recognized museums. With Austin Museum Day approaching on September 18, 2022, visitors should expect nothing but the best. This year, over 30 local museums and historic spaces around Austin will be celebrating with free in-person…

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16 Day Trips & Hill Country Towns to Visit

Buckle up and get ready to cruise the incredibly scenic Texas Hill Country. We’ve rounded up 16 towns worth a day trip where you can browse charming shops, tour historic landmarks, dine on true Texas barbecue, float on pristine rivers and catch a live show at a dance hall. Winery in Driftwood…

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Top Things to Do in Austin

Excited to start planning your upcoming trip to Austin but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ll help get you started with these handy insider tips and ideas. Whether it’s your first time in Austin or your fortieth, this checklist is sure to provide plenty of unique Austin experiences for…

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Visiting Pioneer Farms

Travel back in time to the 19th century when you visit Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms. This living history museum is located in North Austin, and offers seven themed historic areas with educational experiences for any age. Explore Texas history in real time as you venture across their site of over 90…

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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, 1965 that Union…

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50 Cheap & Free Things to Do in Austin, TX

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 live music and fun tours. Texas State…

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Visiting Barton Springs Pool

How many cities can boast a three-acre, spring fed pool right in the center of town? Austin can, with the famous Barton Springs Pool. Fed by four bubbling springs, this natural wonder maintains a brisk 68-70° year ‘round. Surrounded by grassy embankments, visitors to the pool can lounge in the shade…

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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 to offer. History The town is named after the ancestors of the 36 th President of…

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