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.

50 Cheap & Free Things to Do in Austin, TX

Experience the best of Austin—without putting a serious dent in your wallet—with our suggestions for 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re here. Stretch your travel dollars with everything from affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free live music and fun tours. Texas State…

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Austin Black Pride 2021

Wondering where the Black LGBTQ folks go in Austin? The City is filled with so many things to do, and there’s a little something for everyone – if not, it’s the perfect place to create it! Take, for instance, Austin Black Pride. Austin is quite the queer-friendly city, with the Austin LGBT Chamber…

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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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Hotel Swimming Pools in Austin with Day Passes

It’s hot out here, y’all! When you need to cool down and beat the heat this summer, put on some sunscreen, grab a pool noodle and dip your feet into one of our relaxing swimming pools. Here are some of the best hotel pools with day passes in Austin. Hotel Magdalena. Credit Nick Simonite. Hotel…

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Day Trip Destination: Wimberley

In the past five years, Wimberley has skyrocketed in popularity, making it one of the most interesting day trip adventures in the Texas Hill Country. Set against a backdrop of our state’s natural beauty, it’s abuzz with artsy and entrepreneurial energy. Choose your own perfect day—whether it’s…

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Visiting Barton Springs Pool

How many cities can boast a three-acre, spring fed pool right in the center of town? Austin can, with the famous Barton Springs Pool. Fed by four bubbling springs, this natural wonder maintains a brisk 68-70° year ‘round. Surrounded by grassy embankments, visitors to the pool can lounge in the shade…

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What to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Austin

Planning to spend Memorial Day weekend in Austin? Whether you’re in the mood to relax and unwind or get outside, we’ve got you covered! Here are our suggestions for the best ways to spend three days off in Austin, Texas. Krause Springs. Credit Haley Plotkin. Explore the Outdoors Soak up plenty of…

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Shop Like a Local: 7 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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Best Outdoor Activities in Austin

Austin is known for its great outdoors, both within the city limits and in the nearby rural Texas Hill Country. Get out and explore the best things to do outside, from winding hiking and biking trails to cool swimming holes and lakes perfect for paddling. Courtesy of McKinney Falls State Park…

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