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 Ice Skate in Austin This Winter

For some, gliding over a smooth ice surface on steel-bladed skates is a form of exercise or recreation but for others it’s a highly competitive sport. No matter the reason, the feeling you can get from the activity is adrenaline rushing! This seasonal winter activity is the perfect way to get into…

Continue Reading

New & Notable in Austin

Get ready to fill your social calendar with even more exciting places to eat, drink and be entertained in and around Austin. Check out our hot list of what’s new. Nido at The Loren. Credit Mackenzie Smith Kelley . NEW RESTAURANTS Sip specialty cocktails at Idle Hands, then head to the Not a Damn…

Continue Reading

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 &…

Continue Reading

Experiencing Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas, locally known as COTA, is regarded as one of the top venues in the United States for motorsports and entertainment. A purpose built venue specifically for Formula 1 racing, COTA also provides fans and visitors with interactive programming and activities from regular tours…

Continue Reading

Top Sports Events in Austin This Fall

If you’re in the market for unique, exciting sporting events in Austin, we have your go-to list with nine of the best sporting events and competitions this fall. Whether you are a visitor looking for a live, thrilling event to attend or a local with a hunger for action, look no further! Credit…

Continue Reading

First Timer's Guide to Zilker Park

More than 1.3 million people visit Austin’s Zilker Park each year. It’s time for you to be among them! Zilker Park is one of the locals’ favorite places to find fun and fellowship. Live music and theater, sports and games, and simple enjoyment of the great outdoors await at this emerald isle at the…

Continue Reading

Austin FC & Q2 Stadium: What You Need to Know

Austin FC, the 27 th club in Major League Soccer has quickly become a fan-favorite team in the local and national soccer scene. From the legendary co-owner and Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey, leading chants; to supporters traveling across the country to cheer on the team; and the club’s…

Continue Reading

Top 10 Sporting Events in Austin

Sports fans will find lots to love in Austin. Whether you want to catch the action of a Major League Soccer match, watch some of the top NASCAR racers in the country speed around the COTA track or get in the game yourself and run a marathon through the city, you’ll find it all here. We’ve listed…

Continue Reading

Austin Welcomes NASCAR at COTA

Race fans will experience another thrilling weekend of NASCAR in Austin, Texas when the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS), Xfinity Series (NXS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) return to Circuit of The Americas (COTA), March 25-27, 2022. Read on for more details about the weekend's full lineup of…

Continue Reading