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.

The Complete Guide to Lakes in the Austin Area

Famous for its rivers and lakes, Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country is bisected by its countless waterways. Here's a quick guide to enjoy a kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and boating on the water in the Texas state capital. Paddle Boarding on Lady Bird Lake. Lady Bird Lake There are…

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Your Guide to the Coolest Neighborhoods in Austin

Looking for the best places to explore and stay while visiting Austin? We’ve put together a hit list of the city’s most happening neighborhoods. Just pick an area of town and discover the unique districts that are home to some of the hippest restaurants, shops and live music venues in Austin. For…

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Day Trip Destination: Lake Travis

Any day you’re on the lake is a good day and Lake Travis is a perfect getaway for those looking to get out on some water. The businesses that have sprung up around the lake in far west Austin, Lakeway and other nearby towns are seemingly all designed to get you to relax, have fun, and indulge in a…

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Austin Studio Tour 2021

The free, self-guided Austin Studio Tour – an annual Big Medium program – invites visitors to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations, and explore galleries. Typically held in November, details for the 2021 Austin Studio Tour (a…

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Guide to the Clarksville Neighborhood

Just west of downtown, this historic part of the city is filled with landmarks and beautiful views along its hilly streets. Plan a picnic for Pease Park, grab an afternoon snack at Swedish Hill, or visit the Wally Workman contemporary art gallery located in a historic West Austin home. Courtesy of…

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Best Places for Lunch in Austin

Austin’s local-centric culture makes it a great city for lunch enthusiasts—we don’t have to settle for sad subs or drive-thru chains. We have chefs who refuse to compromise on quality, chic diners and plenty of great delivery services to choose from. So, next time you find yourself wanting to get…

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20 Places for a Margarita in Austin

Nothing says Austin like an icy margarita enjoyed on an outdoor patio. The city offers countless great places that mix amazing margaritas. But how do you pick just one (or two, or three!)? To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! ATX…

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Visiting Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa sits in the heart of Austin’s Hill Country. The recently renovated AAA Four Diamond resort embraces the surrounding nature and rolling hills through its vibrant artwork by Texas artists and large windows that frame the landscape. While the resort feels worlds away, it…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to the…

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