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.

8 Ways to Experience Austin's Zilker Park

Zilker Park is known as the "jewel in the heart of Austin," and it's easy to see why. The 351 acre park features a natural spring-fed swimming pool, sculpture garden, stand-up paddle boarding, dinosaurs (at the prehistoric gardens in the botanical garden) and unbeatable views of the Austin skyline…

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New & Notable in Austin

Check out our hot list of what’s new and coming up on Austin’s ever-evolving dining, drinking, arts, music and entertainment scenes. LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue. Credit Mackenzie Smith Kelley NEW RESTAURANTS The team behind acclaimed Emmer & Rye has opened Canje, a new Caribbean restaurant in East…

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The Ultimate Austin Winter Bucket List

You’ll find plenty to do in Austin during the wintertime, both indoors and out, thanks to the city's temperate weather. Here you can hike along forest trails, sip seasonal cocktails in a cozy lounge, explore a world-class museum and dine outdoors on a heated patio. Add these ideas to your Austin…

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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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20+ Dog-Friendly Things To Do in Austin

If leaving your dog home alone sounds worse than starting a night out with only 10% phone battery, you’re in the right city. Austin is chock full of dog-friendly activities where you can eat, drink, work and play alongside your canine companion. So grab that leash, some extra baggies and a portable…

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50 Fun Things to Do in Austin

There’s truly something for everyone in Austin. Whether you’re looking for live music, must-see museums, authentic Texas cuisine, scenic outdoor adventures or family-friendly fun, our city offers it all. Here are 50 of the best things to do in Austin to kick-start your trip. Austin Visitor Center…

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Visiting the Elisabet Ney Museum

On the edge of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood sits an unusual building. Although it’s made of abundant local Texas limestone, its neoclassical portico and two-story tower stand out in a community of Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows. It’s the Elisabet Ney Museum and, just like the woman…

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Visiting the Austin Nature & Science Center

If you are a parent to a budding naturalist or future environmentalist, a trip to the Austin Nature & Science Center is a must. Within the boundaries of Zilker Park, this ecological refuge lets kids explore and discover the natural Austin environment and learn about geology, animals, paleontology…

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Self-Guided Austin Architecture Tour

Take a walking or driving tour to witness examples of Austin's most notable architecture. Each building has a unique story to tell, from the historic buildings on the University of Texas campus to the hard lines of downtown's Contemporary Ausitn Jones Center. Plan to visit each location for a fun…

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