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.

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, 1865 that Union…

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Top Things To Do in Austin This Summer

Summer is a great time to visit Austin. Outdoor activities are the name of the game, from kayaking Lady Bird Lake and cooling off in a spring-fed swimming hole, to catching an outdoor concert and picnicking in a scenic park. Here are 25 Austin summer activities to help build your itinerary. Lady…

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Where to Find Austin's Best BBQ

When it comes to dining in Austin, you can’t leave town without trying some true Texas barbecue. Whether you like your ribs and brisket done old-school-style or with a modern twist, you’re sure to find your new favorite among these sizzling barbecue hot spots. Looking for a barbecue near you? Jump…

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The Best Tacos in Austin, TX

You’re not eating right if you’re not eating tacos while visiting Austin. From taquerias to taco trucks, there’s no shortage of spots to indulge in one of Austin’s favorite foods. And you can dine on them all day, from breakfast to late night. Here’s a roundup of some of our town’s top tacos. Jump…

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Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Austin

From historic landmarks to natural wonders, Austin offers tons of attractions that cater to every interest—whether you're a history buff, nature enthusiast or art lover. Credit to David Aguilar. 1. Texas State Capitol The Texas State Capitol stands as a majestic symbol of Texas history and…

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Visiting the Paramount & State Theatres

Established in 1915, the historic Paramount Theatre has stood as a Congress Avenues staple for more than 100 years. Then in 1935 State Theatre, the first theatre in Austin specifically designed to screen movies, was built right next door. The duo shares year-round programming with over 550 events…

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Austin Date Ideas

10 Fun Things to Do in Austin for Couples Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from intimate dining to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these great ideas. Courtesy of Lakeway Resort & Spa 1. Get pampered at a spa Shake off…

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Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 21 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on Sixth Street and around…

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