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.

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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Austin's Best Murals

Weird and wacky, colorful and creative—that’s Austin for you. Explore any of its neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Whether an ode to the city of Austin, a play on words or a unique cartoon character, some of these public works of art have…

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Historic Austin: Hyde Park

The National Register of Historic Places lists more than 3,000 sites in Austin and 17 National Register historic districts. Located in Central Austin, just north of the University of Texas campus, the Hyde Park Historic District is Austin's oldest suburb and was once home to the State Fair of Texas…

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District in Review: Downtown

New developments and long-standing staples mix and mingle to create a bustling city center and energetic atmosphere that dominates downtown life. Find some of the best spots to drink and dine, explore…

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Historic Austin: Downtown West

Downtown west Austin is a quiet neighborhood in the heart of the city, home to restaurants, stately homes and a wealth of well-preserved history. The neighborhood, along with the rest of downtown Austin, was first planned in 1839 as a 14-block metropolitan area, designed to become the capital of the…

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