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.

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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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-period buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and…

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35 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 35 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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Day Trip Destination: Fredericksburg

In 1846, a small city named Fredericksburg was founded in the Texas Hill Country. More than 150 years later, Fredericksburg has grown into a charming German village and is visited by thousands each year. A day trip to Fredericksburg is a must for Austinites and Austin visitors alike, so here are our…

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Self-Guided Tour of Austin's Historic Homes

As Texas' capital city, Austin’s history is rich and storied. There are a number of ways to explore the city’s past - like taking a walking tour or studying Visit Austin’s digital historic brochure - but one of the best ways to experience Austin’s humble beginnings is by touring historic homes…

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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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