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.

Where to Shop Local in Austin

Keep it local and give your wallet a workout in Austin, where you’ll be tempted by everything from hip clothing stores to gourmet food shops. Any day is a good day to shop, but you’ll find special deals in many Austin stores during Small Business Saturday. Plan a visit to these locally owned…

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15 Hill Country Towns Worth a Visit

Sample locally made wine and beer, take off on an outdoor adventure, kick up your heels at a dance hall and shop one-of-a-kind boutiques in these 15 charming small towns found in beautiful Texas Hill Country. 1. Dripping Springs Sip your way through the Distillery District, which boasts wineries…

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Top Things To Do & See in Downtown Austin

Arts and culture, craft cocktails and draft beer, food trucks and fine fare, live music and dance clubs - there’s never a dull moment in downtown Austin, Texas. Learn more about things to do, where to go and what to do Downtown, from the Warehouse District and 2ND Street to Congress Avenue. Gary…

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Day Trip Destination: New Braunfels and Gruene

Experience Texas’ German Roots in New Braunfels, Texas. This Hill Country town is located an hour outside of Austin and is jam-packed with outdoor activities, historic attractions and wonderful restaurants, making it the perfect day trip destination for visitors to Austin. Plus, be sure to explore…

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Austin's Best Public Golf Courses, Clubs & Resorts

Austin is a favorite destination for golfers, thanks to its excellent year-round courses (many of which are PGA-endorsed). Whether you’re looking to tee off from one of Austin’s historic golf courses or want to make a weekend of it at a scenic Texas Hill Country resort, you’ll discover plenty of…

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Top Things To Do & See on South Congress

On a sunny day, there’s no place like the SoCo district in Austin. Fabulous restaurants, funky vintage shops, chic boutiques, cool bars and live music. Always, live music. If you're wondering what to do and where to find the best restaurants, music venues and shops on South Congress Avenue, read our…

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Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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Day Trip Destination: San Marcos

Just a short drive south of Austin, San Marcos offers a quaint Texas experience. Make time for a day trip with our guide to San Marcos, where you can go tubing and float the scenic San Marcos River, explore the Texas State University campus, spend a day shopping at two expansive outlet malls, visit…

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Top Things To Do & See in South Austin

South Austin is what locals like to call a "taste of old Austin." Quaint houses, old-school boutiques, iconic restaurants and new eateries by some of the city's top up-and-coming chefs populate this lively nook. Head here to get away from the crowds and decompress in Austin's largest city park…

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Day Trip Destination: Round Rock

Just 20 minutes north of Austin, Round Rock is known for historic sites, a walk-able downtown, great shopping, and professional and amateur sports offerings. Get to know this destination and plan your day trip from Austin with our guide to the top things to do, see and eat in Round Rock. Downtown &…

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