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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Your Complete Austin Summer Bucket List

Summertime 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 fun ideas to help build your Austin summer bucket list…

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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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Top Things to Do in Austin During SXSW

Even if your schedule is packed with SXSW activations and events, it’s important to take time to experience the city. We’ve listed a few of our favorite things to do in Austin during SXSW below. Check each one off your list so you can brag about your awesome trip to friends back home. La Condesa…

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Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater

ACL Live at the Moody Theater has been one of Austin’s favorite music venues since it first opened in 2011. Home to the famous Austin City Limits television program and to more than 100 concerts each year, it’s a downtown musical hotspot that supports both local and national entertainers. Credit…

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Music Venues in Central Austin

Central Austin is the one area of town that is arguably still as iconically Slacker- esque as it was in the ‘90s. Since the filming of this essential Richard Linklater capstone, this area of Austin has reached new heights in the world of food, music and entertainment. Here are some live music spots…

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The Top 14 Places for Queso in Austin

As a Mexican-American, I grew up eating queso and learned from a young age what makes a batch of the melty cheese so delicious. A bowl of queso is the perfect social food and makes any dining experience even better, especially when it's great quality. Visitors are always asking where to find the…

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20 of the 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 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

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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…

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Austin Date Ideas: 8 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

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 stress and focus on relaxation during an…

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