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.

Austin Festivals & Events in July 2020

Updated 7/17/20 For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. To learn more about local restrictions and closures, click here. Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a…

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Austin Date Ideas: 15 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Check out our list of the most romantic things to do in Austin! Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from foodie favorites to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these 15 ideas. Credit Geoff Duncan. 1. Get pampered with a…

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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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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 55th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 10-23, 2019, Zilker Park transforms into a winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 40 displays and nearly two million dazzling lights. This year, the…

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Visiting Mayfield Park & Mount Bonnell

Situated in the heart of west Austin, witness the natural beauty of Central Texas with a visit to Mayfield Park and Mount Bonnell. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a visitor looking for a glimpse of Austin's famous wild peacocks or a local, you're sure to enjoy these historic parks and their…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to 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 Top 12 Places for Queso in Austin

I grew up in Austin, so queso has been a favorite food of mine for as long as I can remember. When I return to Austin after a vacation or business trip, it is the food that I must eat as soon as possible. Visitors often ask us which restaurants serve our favorite chips and queso, so here is a quick…

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6 Instagram-Worthy Stops in Austin

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Austin has a lot to say. The city is full of “Insta-worthy” views that would make anyone with a camera phone and a social media account go crazy. Feel free to snap and share any of the great moments you have in Austin, but here is a list of essential…

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