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.

Guide to Austin's Hyde Park Neighborhood

Located just north of downtown and the University of Texas campus, the quaint Hyde Park neighborhood is packed with historic charm and walkable sites. Although this part of town is mostly residential, the shops and restaurants in Hyde Park are worth a visit. Hyde Park in the 1890s, PICA 02628…

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Day Trip Destination: Gruene

Gruene, Texas (pronounced "green") is a Historic District located within the city of New Braunfels, about one hour from Austin. Established by Henry D. Gruene in 1872, this thriving district was originally populated by German cotton farmers dating back to before the Civil War. Despite its growing…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2021

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 socially distant parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at…

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Guide to East Sixth Street

Looking for an authentic, music-filled nightlife scene? Explore Historic East Sixth Street, where live music can be heard nightly from the bars and venues lining the street. The neighborhood is filled with great bars and restaurants, vibrant storefronts, local breweries and plenty of murals. From…

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Visiting the Elisabet Ney Museum

On the edge of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood sits an unusual building. Although it’s made of abundant local Texas limestone, its neoclassical portico and two-story tower stand out in a community of Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows. It’s the Elisabet Ney Museum and, just like the woman…

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20 Iconic Austin Music Venues

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, and boy does it deliver. With more than 250 music venues, you’re guaranteed to catch outstanding live performances every night of the week. Whether your tastes lie with country-western or veer toward punk rock, you’re sure to find a music…

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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. For the latest status of…

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Visiting the Austin Nature & Science Center

If you are a parent to a budding naturalist or future environmentalist, a trip to the Austin Nature & Science Center is a must. Within the boundaries of Zilker Park, this ecological refuge lets kids explore and discover the natural Austin environment and learn about geology, animals, paleontology…

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Self-Guided Austin Architecture Tour

Take a walking or driving tour to witness examples of Austin's most notable architecture. Each building has a unique story to tell, from the historic buildings on the University of Texas campus to the hard lines of downtown's Contemporary Ausitn Jones Center. Plan to visit each location for a fun…

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Guide to the Clarksville Neighborhood

Just west of downtown, this historic part of the city is filled with landmarks and beautiful views along its hilly streets. Plan a picnic for Pease Park, grab an afternoon snack at Swedish Hill, or visit the Wally Workman contemporary art gallery located in a historic West Austin home. Courtesy of…

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