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.

Top Things to Do in Austin

Excited to start planning your upcoming trip to Austin but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ll help get you started with these handy insider tips and ideas. Whether it’s your first time in Austin or your fortieth, this checklist is sure to provide plenty of unique Austin experiences for…

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Austin Day Trip Activities

Day trippers (and locals) will find lots of fun, and safe, social distancing things to do in Austin. Hike or bike scenic trails, have a picnic in the park or head to an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. The options are endless. McKinney Falls State Park. Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife…

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Stand up Paddle Boarding in Austin

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a popular way to while away the day in Austin, and with a steady influx of outdoor enthusiasts visiting the city, the beginner-friendly sport has gained even more steam in Central Texas. With an abundance of rivers and lakes, perfect for flat-water paddling, you'll…

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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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Where to Find Outdoor Yoga in Austin

With more than 300 days of sunshine annually in Austin, why not move your yoga practice outdoors? Local yogis and visitors can find plenty of options to enjoy a flow in the sunshine. Here are some of the best places to find outdoor (and often free) yoga during the spring, summer and fall in Austin…

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Discover Austin with local musician Dr. JOE

Let musician and Austinite, Dr. JOE, take you on a tour of his hometown that celebrates music, art, food trucks and everything else that makes the Texas capital wonderfully weird. Explore Austin and discover what makes the Live Music Capital of the World® so special, from honky-tonks and dance halls…

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Your Guide to Paddling Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is the epitome of the Austin lifestyle. Every day of the week, the lake is filled with people taking advantage of this stretch of dammed-off Colorado River that offers endless recreation opportunities. Backdropped by the downtown Austin skyline on one side, Zilker Park and Auditorium…

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Historic Austin: Zilker Park & South Austin

With 180 sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including 17 historic districts and 2 National Historic Landmarks, Austin puts you at the heart of Texas history. From the Texas State Capitol to the Paramount Theatre, the Driskill Hotel to Barton Springs, the heritage of the Lone…

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