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.

Visiting the Austin Zoo

Located southwest of the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve , the Austin Zoo is a family-friendly adventure. Open year-round, the animal sanctuary and rescue houses more than 300 animals of 100 different species. Featuring a feeding area, a train ride and regular educational demonstrations, kids and…

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Day Trip Destination: Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Dreaming about your next getaway, but can’t commit to a week-long vacation right now? Sometimes taking a few hours away from your usual routine is all you need to recharge your mind, body and soul - and Miraval Austin Resort & Spa 's day package , which features full access to Miraval's extensive…

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Visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Tucked away in South Austin , the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center brims with native Central Texas blooms and landscapes. Designated as the State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas, the gardens reflect the unique story of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson’s journey towards beautifying Austin…

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Best Outdoor Adventures 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 everything from winding hiking and biking trails to cool swimming holes and lakes perfect for paddling. Courtesy of McKinney Falls State Park. HIKING Hike along the…

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30 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 30 iconic Austin sites you can’t miss while visiting the capital city. Delve into the backstory of our fascinating town, where you can explore everything from art and history museums to lush parks, still kickin’ honky-tonks and restaurants that have…

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Where to See Wildflowers Near Austin

Every spring , the Texas Hill Country blooms into a colorful cascade of delicate Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes and Indian Blankets, as wildflowers blanket the meadows, fields and valleys near Austin. Bring your camera, and your sense of wonder, as you scout out these top 10 spots for spectacular…

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Austin Beer Trail: A 2-Day Itinerary

Austin's craft brewing scene has been booming for the past few years, so you'd be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by all of our fermented offerings. Whether you're in the mood for a Mexican-style lager to compliment your tour of Austin tacos and queso , looking to expand your palate with a…

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Top 15 Places for a Margarita in Austin

Nothing says Austin like an icy margarita enjoyed on an outdoor patio. But where should you go? The city offers countless great places that mix amazing margaritas. To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the top 15 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! La Condesa. Credit Jody Horton. La…

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