Unlock Austin Community Guide

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Best of Austin Lists

Top 10 Best Austin Orthodontists

updated October 2020 Best Orthodontists in Austin Lots of children and adults require braces or maybe other orthodontic treatments to achieve healthy, properly aligned teeth. Early detection is necessary to…

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Top 10 Best Austin TV Mounting & Installation Pros

Top TV Mounting in Austin With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, professional TV Installers can provide you with easy to use, surprisingly affordable home management and entertainment solutions. From whole-house lighting control…

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Top 10 Best Chiropractors Austin

Top Austin Chiropractors Chiropractic care can be an important part of a pain management plan. By working closely with your pain specialist or primary care doctor, a chiropractor will help…

Best Austin Gutter Contractors

Top 10 Best Gutters in Austin

Best Austin Gutter Contractors Installing seamless gutters and downspouts is an ideal way to protect the investment that you’ve made in your home. Seamless gutters serve a primary function, and…

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Top 10 Best Preschools Austin

Best Austin Preschools Entering pre-school is the most critical part of the learning experience of a child. It has to be accomplished in a careful manner way to make sure…

Top Plumbers in Austin

Top 10 Best Plumbers in Austin

Top Austin Plumbers We can help you find trusted and professional plumbers and plumbing contractors in your area. Simply post your plumbing project or browse our directory and get free…

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Best Downtown Austin Happy Hours

Best Happy Hours In Austin Downtown When you work a busy job in downtown Austin, sometimes you feel driven to drink after a long day’s work. Most of our favorite…

Best Yoga Studio Austin

Top 10 Best Yoga Studios Austin

Best Austin Yoga Studios Yoga can be practiced by men and women of all fitness levels, ages and body types. Yoga is a simple yet profound system of stretches, strengthening…

Deck Builders Austin

Top 10 Best Austin Deck Builders

Deck and Patio Building Contractors Specialized projects that include deck design, a boat deck, a deck patio or covered patios, or an enclosure – whether a patio enclosure, pool enclosure,…

Top 10 Best Austin Roofers

Updated for August 2020 Top Roofing Companies in Austin Installing a new roof is one of the most significant, and costly, home improvement projects for an Austin homeowner. Whether you…

Top 10 Best Austin Furniture Stores

Top Furniture Stores in Austin Searching for furniture that suits your thing and budget can be quite difficult. If you’re searching for the perfect couch, a durable bed, or perhaps…

Makeup Artists Austin

Top 10 Austin Makeup Artists

Top Makeup Artists in Austin Getting the right makeup artist with you for all functions is important, especially in this age of high-definition photography where each and every angle will…

Austin window Cleaning

Top 10 Best Austin Window Cleaning Service

Best Window Cleaning Services in Austin Sometimes windows are more than a pane, they are a pain. One of the goals is to eliminate that pain from your life. Whether…

Austin Tree Removal

Top 10 Best Austin Tree Services

Top Tree Services in Austin In Austin, having trees in your yard comes with the responsibility of keeping them healthy and in good condition. When there is a diseased or…

Advertising Agencies Austin

Top 10 Best Austin Advertising Agencies

Top Advertising Agencies in Austin Developing successful advertising campaigns that reach increasingly superior consumers is probably more demanding than ever before. Many developing businesses simply don’t have the ability to…

Best Gyms in Austin TX

Top 10 Best Gyms Austin TX

Best Austin Gyms & Fitness So you’ve finally made the decision to begin a fitness program and are now looking for the perfect gym to join. Or perhaps you’ve been…

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Top 10 Best Austin Fence Companies

Top Fence Contractors in Austin TX Fences are functional, but they can also add a visual quality too. Most property owners look into installing a fence to provide additional privacy,…

Best Auto detailing in Austin

Top 10 Best Car Detailing in Austin

Best Austin Car Detailing Not only do auto detailing experts understand the importance of preserving the beauty and value of your vehicle, but they also ensure complete safety on the…

Top 10 Best Austin Movers

Top Austin Moving Companies Ask 10 people to tell you about their last move‚ and a few will more than likely have a horror story to tell−about damaged furniture‚ misplaced…

Top 10 Best Austin Web Designers

Top Austin Web Designers Among the challenging factors regarding starting a brand new website is choosing a web design company. With so many design agencies on the market, it really…


Austin Locals Blog

Austin has a never-ending array of things to see and do. There is an outstanding collection of world-class museums, arts, amusement parks, recreational activities, fine dining, and outstanding night clubs all in one place. Austin is also the home of country music in Texas, the city where Willie Nelson and Doug Sahm got their start. There is a thriving music scene in the city, with almost every style of contemporary music available. Whether you are here on vacation with the family, a romantic getaway or just have some extra time while visiting on the business you will surely find something to please.

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Tips On Organizing Your Child’s Artwork

Are You Drowning in Kid’s Art? Having a 5-year old means that I constantly have a huge selection of options for the fridge art gallery.  Not only does she love…

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Reducing Water Use in your Austin Garden & Lawn

Tips for Drought Tolerant Austin Lawns & Gardens There are numerous strategies for conserving water in the garden. These include careful watering, using drought-tolerant plants, and re-using water. Adequate water…

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Unemployed in Austin? Become Self-Employed

Work-at-Home in Austin with these Ideas Self-employment ideas are a good way to start working at home full-time, but they aren’t always a quick and easy solution. Many professionals dream…

Austin Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Explore a nature lover’s paradise dedicated to the conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Sprawling wildflower fields and trails alongside Spanish colonial architecture can make visitors stepping into the…

Austin Bike Trail

The Veloway — Austin Bike Trail

Cyclists looking for an escape from motorized traffic can head to Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park in southwest Austin, Texas. Tucked between 100 acres of parkland, the Austin Veloway bike trail…

Texas Tree Guide

Texas Tree Field Guide

This Texas tree guide was created to provide a resource for anyone to learn how to identify common and more esoteric trees naturalized in Texas through descriptions and photographs. The…

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Visit the Bat Bridge Austin

Congress Bridge Bats Austin, the state capital and home to the University of Texas, is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” It also takes pride in being…

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell Offers Great Views of Austin

Visit Mount Bonnell, Austin No visitor can leave the Texas capital city without hiking up Mount Bonnell and checking out the spectacular Austin views visible from what was once the…


Austin is a city that offers a unique blend of Southern hospitality, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. The food is just about the best in the state, with every cuisine represented, and the city’s outdoor attractions are no less than superb, with the river widening into a series of long lakes. You will find everything you need and desire regardless of how long you plan to stay. So come and enjoy the warm climate at any time of year and enjoy yourself.

Austin Community Events Calendar

Austin Travel

Travel in style or on the cheap. Everything you need to know about Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) plus General Aviation Airports and FBO services throughout the Hill Country. How to get here and how to get around. Including limousine and exotic car rentals, Super Shuttle service, inexpensive bus, and train travel. Rental car locations, taxi service. Don’t miss Texas Road Maps for motorcycle tours and auto trips. If you’re visiting for a UT Football game or music festival, don’t miss the parking and traffic information. Plus many money and time-saving Austin, Texas Travel Tips, hints, cheats and shortcuts.

Austin Hotels

From the luxurious, world-class Four Seasons Hotel to the turn of the century charm of the Driskill Hotel, Austin has an abundance of quality hotels, motels, and resorts. Including Bed & Breakfast and Boutique Hotels. Read this section for more than 40 in-depth hotel reviews with information about neighborhood, location, price range, facilities, and best deals. All Austin hotels are categorized by their location to downtown, IH-35 corridor, Arboretum and airport.

Whether you’re on a budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Austin at any time of the year. About Austin’s online reservations system offers over tons of hotels & resorts to choose from with largely discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, availability and make secure online reservations. All About Austin also offers the guaranteed lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city from major companies like Alamo & Thrifty. Our online services are easy to use and very secure. We provide quality service to all of our customers

Texas BBQ

Austin is the very heart of the famed Texas barbecue trail. When you think of great Austin restaurants, barbecue is what comes to mind. Including the world-renowned Salt Lick in Driftwood, Cooper’s Barbeque in Llano, Smitty’s Market in Lockhart and more in Austin, Texas. Complete reviews including menu items, price range, hours and best times to visit.

Restaurants in Austin

Other recommended Austin restaurants include great Tex Mex at Curra’s Grill and Chuy’s. Dirty Martin’s makes their burgers the same way since 1926 and is popular after UT Football games. If you want the ultimate elegant meal the Driskill Grill is known for fantastic food, a romantic atmosphere, and great service. It’s also expensive. Austin is a gastronomic thrill ride. That’s why the Wall Street Journal proclaimed Austin restaurants the “new dining destination.”

While visiting Austin you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Austin offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi and do it with a fantastic view. Restaurants serving Italian, French, American, and Seafood can all be found close by. If shopping is what you are looking for you are in luck. Austin has everything from your department store chain to local gift shops. Shopping here is great for everyday items as well as the special gift items you are looking for.

Austin Golf Courses

CNN’s Golf.com rates Austin the #1 Golf City in America. I review 25 of the most popular courses in the Austin area. Resorts, municipal and public courses and my top 5 personal favorites. Address, directions, phone, website, fee range, course description, reservation, and rental information. Plus travel tips for each of the course neighborhoods. This is an Austin, Texas road map to a great golf experience.

Austin Music

Austin, Texas is the live music capital of the world. Over 200 stages, seven nights a week offering a wide array of music from jazz to punk. I list clubs by area, record stores, music stores, travel tips, a section for classic clubs and legendary Austin musicians who are no longer with us. Plus in-depth reviews of my personal favorite Austin, Texas late-night haunts and music venues. If you enjoy top tier live music in intimate, up close rooms, you will love Austin.

Austin Music Festivals

SXSW is the premier music festival on planet Earth. 1800 acts performing on 90 stages. Old Settlers Music Festival is a laid back, guitars-around-the-campfire experience. The ROT Biker Rally (Republic of Texas) is a live music-driven, beer-soaked party. Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) boasts multiple stages, star-studded talent and is a gathering of the tribes in the park. Reviews include traffic, parking and crowd tips. Plus more information about Austin restaurants, dress, weather, what to avoid, festival sites and more.

The information on the recommended reviews may not be current or accurate as fees and prices change. Restaurants, music venues, golf courses, rental companies, open close and change management often. Verify your plans in advance with the business or organization you plan to visit.