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Austin: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Your Guide to Downtown Austin Entertainment
From thought-provoking plays to silly sing-alongs, downtown Austin offers a wealth of amusing possibilities.
Your Monthly Guide to Austin's Average...
Find out Austin's average monthly temperatures year-round and get an overview of typical weather in central Texas.
Viewing Guide for Austin Bats
Everything you need to know about viewing the nightly bat spectacle at Austin's Congress Avenue bridge.
Best FM Radio Stations in Austin
With FM radio stations ranging from classic rock to alt country, Austin lives up to its reputation as a town for music lovers.
How to Fight Demon Cedar Fever
How to cope with cedar fever, an allergic reaction to the Ashe juniper pollen that descends upon central Texas every winter.
The Best Cowboy Boot Stores in Austin
Cowboy boots are the ultimate Texas fashion statement. Here are the top boot stores and boot makers in Austin.
Best Places for Kids
From the cerebral Thinkery - the Austin children's museum - to the wacky Jumpoline Park, these kid-friendly spots will keep kids moving and thinking.
Austin's 10 Top Music Venues
From the laid-back Continental Club to the artsy Parish, Austin's best music venues focus on booking true artists.
10 Austin Restaurants that Ooze Romance
If you're planning a Valentine's date or any special occasion, these romantic restaurants in Austin will get the night started right.
Texas Capitol Tours and Parking Information
Learn about parking and tour information for visiting the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin.
When to Dial 311 in Austin
The Austin 311 service can be used to contact police for a non-emergency and to access other city services.
Money-Saving Parking Tips for Austin's Airport
The most affordable and convenient parking options at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).
Top 6 Resorts in Austin and Central Texas
Learn about the top resort hotels in the greater Austin area and the hill country.
Romantic Things to Do in Austin
Romance is always in the air in Austin. Here are a few ideas for romantic adventures in the Capital City.
8 Fun Free Things to Do in Austin
When your cash is running low, but your kid's energy level is not, head to these free kids' attractions in Austin.
Your Ultimate Guide to Austin's Best Wedding...
There are hundreds of wedding venues in Austin. Here are ten of the most romantic and beautiful wedding venues in Austin and its surrounding areas.
Austin's Best Vintage Clothing Stores
Austin has several vintage clothing stores where you can find gently-used, high-quality fashions for less.
Why Allergy Season Never Ends in Austin
While most cities have only one allergy season, Austin has cedar fever season and ragweed season in addition to a very sniffly springtime.
Setting Up Electricity and Cable in Austin
Everything you need to know to set up electricity, natural gas, cable TV and Internet services in Austin, TX.
Alamo at the Ritz: Movies, Alcohol and...
The Alamo Drafthouse on 6th Street offers all the fun events you expect from an Alamo theater plus more movie stars.
6th Street in Photos
Maggie's Mae's on 6th Street is a fun, multilevel bar that's been around for decades.
Restaurants with Great Views in Austin
Thanks to the surrounding hills and lakes, Austin is home to many restaurants with fantastic views.
Shopping at the Domain Outdoor Mall in Austin
With some of the most high-end shopping in the city, The Domain is the premier outdoor shopping mall of Austin.
Get to Know Austin's 2nd Street Shops
Locally owned Toy Joy sells a mix of retro toys and fun new creations.
Austin's sales tax rules are anything but...
Austin's sales tax rules for groceries and automobiles are fairly simple, but other industries are not so lucky.
The High Price of Living in Austin
Despite an ongoing construction boom, affordable housing is still hard to find in Austin. Food and entertainment costs are more reasonable.
Where to Eat on South Congress
Austin's South Congress Avenue offers a range of eateries, serving everything from oysters to Tex-Mex.
Everything You Need to Know About the Austin...
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is conveniently located near the city center and is the only international airport in Austin. Learn about where the Austin airport is, the best times to travel, when you can see live music, and more.
Fast facts about Austin's South by Southwest...
Find out everything you need to know about Austin's South by Southwest festival.
Austin's Best Movie Theaters
As online streaming grows in popularity, Austin's movie theaters are continually updating their technology and amenities. These are the best in town.
Austin's Top Gay and Lesbian Bars
Whether you prefer to wear designer shirts or leather collars, you'll find several fun and welcoming gay bars in Austin, Texas.
Best Texas Family Travel Destinations
Thanks to an abundance of water recreation and outdoor attractions, central Texas has some of the best Texas cities to visit on a family vacation.
Tour of 4th Street in Austin
Enjoy top-notch steak and seafood in a gorgeous two-story Truluck's on 4th Street in Austin.
Cooking Classes in Austin
Whether you need to learn basic cooking skills or want to take your culinary skills to the next level, Austin has a variety of cooking classes available.
Austin Marriage License Guide
Learn the ins and outs of getting a marriage license in Austin, TX and Travis County.
Moody Theater - Home of Austin City Limits
ACL Live at the Moody Theater is the home studio for the long-running Austin City Limits TV show and Austin's premier concert venue.
10 Offbeat Austin Tours
Austin tours that offer out-of-the-ordinary ways to explore the capital of Texas and the hill country.
Stringy rubber playscape at the Blanton
The University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art is a fun place for kids -- especially with this large outdoor structure full of stringy rubber tubes. Kids can tie them into knots, climb up them, swing on them, or just run through them. Page 6.
Paramount: Site of Major Austin Premieres
An ornate and historic theater with a wide variety of seating options, the Austin Paramount hosts plays, ballets, concerts and stand-up comedy shows.
How to Stay Safe on Austin's 6th Street
How to stay safe while enjoying 6th Street, downtown Austin's bustling entertainment district.
Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups in Austin
If you've lost a dog, found an animal, or simply want to help Austin pets, check out this roundup of shelters and rescue organizations.
Where to Satisfy that Candy Craving Now
When you need a sweet fix, Austin has a number of home-grown chocolate shops and old-school candy stores to satisfy your cravings.
Kids Can Learn While Playing at The Thinkery
The Thinkery is the Austin Children's Museum innovative play space that is designed to get those little brains whirring while also having fun.
Best Austin Happy Hours
When you need to wind down at a place that always has great drink specials and a festive crowd, head to one of these Austin bars.
West 6th: The Other 6th Street
Bars on the west end of Austin's 6th Street tend to be a little less wild and attract a more diverse clientele.
Mueller Neighborhood Profile
How many cities can boast a central neighborhood built from scratch in the 21st century? With the Mueller neighborhood, Austin can.
Southwood Neighborhood Profile
Explore the south Austin neighborhood of Southwood. With affordable houses, tall trees and a laid-back vibe, this community attracts both young professionals and retirees.
5 Things You Must Do in Austin
While your time in Austin may be brief, here are five experiences that will help you appreciate why the town has so many loyal fans.
Austin's Top Musicians and Bands
Learn about some of the most loved and well-known musicians and bands in Austin, Texas, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ghostland Observatory, and Spoon.
Fredericksburg: Quick Getaway near Austin
An ideal spot for a romantic Hill Country getaway, Fredericksburg offers a surprising number of fine restaurants and entertainment options.
Totally Free Austin Museums
Free indoor activities are in high demand in Austin, especially in summer. At these free museums, you and your family can learn a little without over-extending your budget.
Austin Neighborhoods: Crestview
The Crestview neighborhood in North Central Austin prides itself on its mellow, low-key vibe and quaint atmosphere.
Where to Pop the Question in Austin
If picking the right place to propose in Austin is making your head spin, we've got a few creative ideas.
The Rainey Street Phenom
Get an idea of what to expect with our photo gallery of the Rainey Street district.
First Thursday Fun on South Congress
On the first Thursday of each month, Austin's South Congress Avenue turns into a mile-long street party with live music and local craftspeople.
Historic Case: Sweatt vs. Painter
The landmark Supreme Court case of Sweatt vs. Painter left its mark on Austin, Texas, and the larger struggle for civil rights.
Best Restaurants Near the Texas Capitol
Whether you're in the mood for a quick burger or a gourmet meal, there are several excellent restaurants near the Texas capitol in downtown Austin.
Find Sexy Toys and More in Austin Adult Shops
When you're ready to bring some exciting new elements into your sex life, start your search at these Austin adult stores.
Good Grub Near the UT Campus
Some of the best and most reasonably priced food in the UT campus area can be find in tiny, almost hidden restaurants.
Good Food, Sprawling Mansion and Peacocks!...
Housed in a Victorian mansion on lovely grounds, Green Pastures Restaurant is so romantic that it is also one of the top wedding venues in Austin.
You'll Find Fresh Food, Music and Fun at the...
Austin's downtown farmers market features locally raised produce and meats, live music and excellent ready-to-eat foods.
Confusing Street Names in Austin
Many of Austin's roads have multiple names, which can making getting around extremely confusing for the uninitiated. This list will help you make sense of Austin street names.
Quick Snapshot of Austin Tourist Attractions
A handy guide to all of Austin's top attractions with brief descriptions and helpful tips.
Does Austin have any drop-off recycling centers?
Learn where you can drop off recyclable goods in Austin.
A Driving Tour of the University of Texas Area
Do you want to explore the University of Texas area but aren't sure where to start? This driving tour will guide you on the route you should take and the sites you should be sure to see.
How to Keep Your Border Collie Looking Spiffy
Basic border collie grooming should include weekly brushing and a bath and a haircut as needed.
Top Books about Austin
Learn about the rich and twisted history of Austin, Texas through history books and novels.
Hyde Park in Central Austin
Hyde Park is a historic central Austin neighborhood with a wealth of character and community-minded residents.
Tarrytown: One of Austin's Fanciest Neighborhoods
Tarrytown, an upscale neighborhood in Austin, TX offers unparalleled convenience to downtown, but it is tucked away in a quiet and beautiful area.
Where to Find Central Texas Outlet Mall Nirvana
San Marcos and Round Rock are home to huge outlet malls. Smaller outlet stores in Austin also offer great bargains on designer clothing.
24-Hour Restaurants
24-hour restaurants are few and far between in Austin. Here are your best options at 2 a.m.
Profile of Austin's Steiner Ranch Neighborhood
Learn about Austin's Steiner Ranch neighborhood, located in a beautiful area between Lake Austin and Lake Travis.
Clarksville Neighborhood: Casual Chic
Clarksville, an eclectic neighborhood in West Central Austin, possesses rich history, delicious restaurants, hip residents, and an incredible location.
Best Areas to Stay Around Austin
Before booking a hotel in Austin, get a brief overview of the most popular areas to stay, from downtown to SoCo.
Austin Hotels Near Train Stops
Book a hotel along Austin's light rail line to save time and money at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Standard Border Collie Types
Beyond the typical black and white, border collies can also be mottled, blue, red or even tri-color.
All About Barton Springs Pool
Whether you want to swim laps, soak up the sun, exercise the dog, or just escape the brutal summer heat, head straight over to Austin's beloved Barton Springs Pool.
8 Outdoor Spots that Define Austin
Whether you want to hike, picnic, swim or watch bats, Austin is home to some of the best outdoor recreation areas in Texas.
Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
Learn about the Bob Bullock Museum, which explores the history of Texas. The museum also operates an IMAX theater.
Free Apartment Locating Services in Austin
If you're looking for an apartment home in Austin but aren't sure where to start, a free apartment locating service will help you find a home just right for you.
Where to Spot Celebs at SXSW
Where to spot celebrities during Austin's South by Southwest Festival.
Watch Austin's Bats, Then Grab a Bite Nearby
Before or after enjoying Austin's nightly bat spectacle, you can dine nearby at a wide range of budget-friendly and upscale restaurants.
Family-Friendly Fun in Austin
From educational activities to just plain fun, Austin offers a wealth of family-friendly options.
Blanton Museum of Art's permanent exhibit by...
The Blanton Museum of Art features this permanent exhibit by Cildo Meireles with 600,000 pennies, 2,000 hanging hanging bones, and a pillar of 800 communion wafers. It is called Mission/Missions (How to build a Cathedral).
Antone's: Soon to Be Alive and Kicking on East...
Founded by a genuine blues fanatic, Antone's nightclub continues to focus on providing great music in an easygoing atmosphere.
When to Visit Austin
In terms of weather, October and March are the best times to come to Austin, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the rest of the year.
UT Mascot: Bevo
Learn about Bevo, the beloved longhorn that is the mascot of the University of Texas sports teams.
Bradford Pear: A Flashy Tree for Austin...
How to plant and maintain a Bradford pear tree in Austin, Texas.
5 Austin Neighborhoods You Should Know About
Whether you're a dead-broke musician or an investment banker, Austin has neighborhoods that will make you feel at home.
8 Must-See Small Towns in Central Texas
Excellent barbecue, swimming holes, romantic hideaways and antiques galore are just a few of the treasures you'll find in small towns near Austin.
Where to Find the Richest French Fare in Austin
If it's escargot, steak tartare or frog legs you desire, these French restaurants in Austin can satisfy those cravings and more.
Where to Find Topless Titillation in Austin
Whether planning a bachelor party or a business meeting, you can make the evening more festive at these Austin strip clubs.
Music and Meat: Stubb's Powerful Combo
A mid-sized concert venue that attracts major acts, Stubb's also serves excellent brisket and ribs.
The 'Dillo - CapMetro Downtown Shuttle
There's no need to walk when the downtown trolley, known as the 'Dillo (for armadillo) hits most of the downtown tourist spots as well as providing commuter service in the downtown area.
All About Lady Bird Lake
Fun facts and useful information about Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in downtown Austin.
9 Dessert Meccas in Austin
Whether it's pies, pastries or cupcakes you crave, these restaurants and food trailers know how to find the sweet spot.
6 Top Tubing Spots
San Marcos and New Braunfels are a tuber's paradise, offering several beautiful spots to meander down a lazy river.
Where to Eat on 6th Street
Before a night of carousing on 6th Street, enjoy a casual or upscale dinner at one of these recommended restaurants.
Continental Club: Blues, Country and Rock
Presenting musical acts ranging from country blues to indie pop, the Continental Club in Austin is a cool bar with absolutely no pretentiousness.
Hipster Hangouts in East Austin
East Austin bars serve as the native habitat for the city's trendiest and friendliest hipsters.
Explore the Beauty of Zilker Botanical Garden
Austin's Zilker Botanical Garden is a quiet hideaway in the heart of the city, featuring a Japanese garden, a dinosaur garden and other visual treats.
Profile of Austin's Travis Heights Neighborhood
Learn about Travis Heights, a historic and eclectic neighborhood in South Central Austin.
Photos of my backyard screech owl in Austin
Eastern screech owl in an Owl Shack
South Congress Artists' Market
Artists' markets on South Congress Avenue. Page 10.
10 Small and Mid-Size Austin Venues with Live...
For those in search of spur-of-the-moment entertainment, these small to medium-sized Austin music venues offer live music 7 nights a week.
Lending a Hand in Austin
Want to do something good for the Austin community and the surrounding areas? There are all kinds of ways to lend a hand.
Border Collie Temperament
Before buying or adopting a border collie, make sure you understand the breed's general personality and temperament.
Birding Sites Around Austin
Some of the best bird watching in Austin is at a wastewater treatment plant, but there are also several parks and preserves that are chock full of birds.
Where to Go When Only Cheesy Tex-Mex Will Do
Despite Austin's exploding population of food snobs, there are still plenty of Tex-Mex restaurants that unabashedly crank out deliciously cheesy dishes.
6 Ways to Kill Poison Ivy without Resorting to...
How to use everyday household items -- or goats -- to get rid of poison ivy in central Texas.
For low-key fun in a high-brow space, you can't...
Tucked inside the historic Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar delivers old-school service and a friendly vibe.
Review: Eddie V's Edgewater Grille –...
Read a review of Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant in downtown Austin.
Image Gallery of Austin Celebrities
Learn about the celebrities who are from Austin or now call the city their home (or one of their homes). If you're lucky, you might spot one of these stars around town!
Head to Austin's Irish Pubs for a Pint or Four
Whether you’re looking to catch a soccer game or just throw back a few pints, you’ll always find a fun crowd at Austin’s Irish pubs.
November Events Calendar for Austin
Find out which festivals, parades, parties, and activities you shouldn't miss this month in Austin.
Top Barbecue Joints in Central Texas
Whether you're a fan of slow-smoked brisket or savory chicken, these central Texas barbecue restaurants can satisfy just about any carnivorous desire.
6 Exotic Food Stores in Austin
Austin has a surprising selection of stores selling specialty foods from Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Enjoy Tubing, Music and Barbecue in New Braunfels
A short drive south of Austin, New Braunfels is a mecca for tubing, cave exploration and country music.
What Is the Texas Sales Tax Holiday?
Learn about how you can save money on back-to-school shopping with the Texas sales tax holiday.
Best Clarksville Eateries
Clarksville, a historic neighborhood in central Austin, is home to some of the best casual cafes and fine-dining establishments in town.
The Colorful, Contmporary Side of Blanton
The contemporary section of the Blanton Museum of Arts has large, colorful statues that kids will love exploring. Page 2.
Quaint House with Fresh Vegetarian Fare
Vegetables and herbs grown in Eastside Cafe's garden provide an extra flavor boost to the restaurant's well-rounded menu.
What I Found Growing Under my Toilet
What to do when you find tree roots growing under your toilet.
Need a Costume Now? Here Are Austin's Top Shops
Whether you're planning a glamorous or gory Halloween, Austin's costume shops and vintage stores can help make your vision a reality.
20 Quick Ideas for Things to Do in Austin
Whether you're on the hunt for educational activities or off-the-wall things to do, the Austin area has a wealth of options.
Hotels in Downtown Austin
Learn about some of the various hotels in downtown Austin.
Review: Horseshoe Bay Resort
Learn what makes Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country a gem of a getaway in this review by an Austin local.
Actor Matthew McConaughey
Actor Matthew McConaughey is a Texas native and attended the University of Texas in Austin and is still a huge Longhorn fan. Page 2.
Top Austin Attractions for Kiddos
A quick introduction to the top attractions and activities for children in Austin, Texas.
Shady Hollow: Peaceful Suburbia
Shady Hollow is a family-friendly Austin neighborhood in Southwest Austin known for its large lots shaded with trees.
Where to Shop in Austin, TX
From flea market finds to designer clothing, Austin shops are ready and waiting to feed your shopping addiction.
Planning a Lake Travis Wedding? Check Here First.
If you want a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos, check out these wedding venues on Lake Travis.
Wild Side: The Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is an 800-acre open space that begins less than a mile south of downtown Austin.
Austin's Hidden Owls
The eastern screech owl is a small but powerful predator that often lives in Austin backyards.
Best Austin Bike Trails
Whether you’re training for the big ride or simply ready to enjoy the scenery, there’s a place for you in Austin.
South Austin Americana HQ: Saxon Pub
One of the best music venues in Austin, the Saxon Pub presents everything from roots rock to country blues 7 nights a week.
The Mohawk is a multi-level bar with indoor and outdoor stages that feature everything from heavy metal to hip-hop bands.
5 Flea Markets for Hardcore Bargain Hunters
If you love bargains and you have a ton of patience, these Austin-area flea markets may just have the hidden treasure you seek.
Other Names for Austin
Austin has been known by a wide variety of names, from Waterloo to the more dramatic City of the Violet Crown.
Profile of Austin's Great Hills Neighborhood
Read about Great Hills, a large neighborhood in Northwest Austin.
New Cheesecake Factory at Barton Creek Mall
Located at Barton Creek Square Mall, the Cheesecake Factory serves huge main courses along with decadent cheesecakes.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Austin
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is one of the most revered names in film in Austin. The theaters features restaurant-style food and drinks, sing-alongs and quote-alongs, and unusual screenings that only film buffs can appreciate.
Jogging routes near downtown Austin hotels
Explore central Austin on foot with the help of this convenient map of routes originating at major downtown hotels.
Where to Buy Last-Minute Gifts in Austin
If you're in a hurry to find the perfect gift for a special someone, be sure to stop at these stores. They all carry unique items that suit a variety of interests and age groups.
Review: Hotel Contessa
Read a review of Hotel Contessa, a Spanish-inspired all-suite hotel located right on San Antonio's River Walk.
6 Swimming Holes
Learn about the best natural swimming holes in Austin and central Texas.
18 Easygoing Austin Attractions
When you're in search of low-key fun in Austin, consider these no-hassle cultural and outdoor attractions.
Rent Kayaks at Lady Bird Lake
Whether you're looking to rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, there are several spots along Lady Bird Lake that offer hourly or half-day rentals.
Hill Country Wineries
The number of wineries in central Texas has exploded over the last 20 years. Check out some of the best on this tour of wineries near Austin.
16 Ideas for Family Fun in Austin
From swan-shaped boats to Segway tours, family-friendly entertainment options are plentiful in Austin.

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