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Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

1. Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

Experience the beauty of Austin at twilight on a sunset cruise, with a guide and hotel transfer included. See the city's top sites including the Willie Nelson Statue, Paramount Theatre, Texas Capitol, and Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge lit up at night. Join a bat-watching tour during March-October. Be greeted by your guide at your downtown Austin accommodation and begin your evening tour in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. At dusk, cruise on Austin's Lady Bird Lake and watch the changing skyline. Learn about the city’s culture and friendly locals. If you take this tour between March and October, you're in luck as this is the best time to witness Austin's famous Congress Bridge bats. Join your guide on a bat-watching excursion to see fabled Mexican (or Brazilian) free-tailed bats take flight from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Witness the nightly show of the bats under the bridge where a large colony of 1.5 million bats resides — one of the biggest colonies of urban bats in the world. Be awestruck at the sight of these bats flying across the colorful evening sky, with speeds of 60 miles per hour. Next, hop back into the van to enjoy a narrated drive with stops at several iconic landmarks including Pfluger Bridge, Texas State Capitol, the Willie Nelson statue, and Paramount Theatre illuminated at night. Get local insights into the surrounding area from your guide. At the end of the tour, be taken back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

2. Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

Follow your guide on a fun-filled kayaking journey to Barton Springs. Admire stunning views of the downtown Austin skyline. Enjoy a trip that is suitable for beginners, as it includes paddling instruction. Meet your guide and get set up with your kayak, paddle, and life vest. Learn how to paddle before setting off on your kayaking adventure. Capture pictures of Austin from the water. View the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to Mexican free-tailed bats. Explore the waters of Lady Bird Lake where you can view the Austin's skyline from afar. Kayak into the crystal clear waters of Barton Springs and search for local wildlife like the Barton Springs salamander. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Austin: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

3. Austin: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

Admire the incredible natural beauty of Lake Austin on a guided cruise. Enjoy an affordable way to experience the lake with other passengers, without renting an entire boat. As you cruise around the 22-mile shoreline of the lake, you'll see elaborate privately-owned waterfront and cliffside homes, and popular shoreside restaurants. Take social media-worthy pictures of Lake Austin's unique clear, constant-level water and its beautiful scenery, like the iconic Pennybacker Bridge and Little Italy. You may even catch sight of Austin's own professional wake-surfing celebrities, Ashley Kidd and Raleigh Hager! This activity is ideal for individual travelers, couples, and small groups or families.

From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

4. From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

Meet your guide in downtown Austin at the visitor center, then board your shuttle bus for the day and head out into the sprawling Texan countryside. The first stop of the day is Austin’s most famous BBQ joint, Salt Lick BBQ. At the BBQ, enjoy a tasting session of some of the very best meat and food that Texas has to offer, and soak up this friendly atmosphere. The tour does not include the cost of the tasting. It's recommended to budget $35 per person for your meal, however, you can bring your own alcohol to enjoy with your food. After the BBQ, you'll wind through the hills and stop at two different wineries so that you can sample delicious Texas wines - all while taking in those gorgeous hill country views.

Austin: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

5. Austin: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

The concept is simple, but the game is anything but — enter a series of elaborately designed rooms, you and your group must work together to find clues and crack codes to complete your mission. With 5 thrilling adventures to choose from, you may find yourself as a prospector hunting for a lost cache of gold, a spy sent to recover a stolen painting, or a falsely accused prisoner determined to break out of jail. No matter your choice, keep your wits about you and focus; you’ve got one hour to escape. After you and your group have emerged victorious, you’ll be conveniently located in the heart of Austin, so you can celebrate with a bite to eat.

Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

6. Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

Start at the shop and get outfitted to a pedal-assist E-bike. After a quick safety meeting and pre-ride warm-up, head towards the South Congress District and check out many of Austin's most famous murals where you'll have time to stop and snap some photos before heading on to your next adventure. Head towards the new boardwalk and take in the views of the Austin skyline before heading north to check out Downtown Austin. As you enter the downtown area, see some of Austin's most popular entertainment districts including Rainey Street and 6th Street. Continue towards the Texas State Capitol and get a chance to walk inside and check out the famous rotunda. Finish your tour by heading to the University of Texas campus and learn about the school's history. On your way back to the shop, stop at Texas's oldest swimming pool and the gem of Austin, Barton Springs. This natural pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby a natural spring and sits at 65 degrees year-round.

Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

7. Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

Experience all that Austin has to offer on this 2-hour city overview. This 'bucket list' tour will take you to see major landmarks, lesser-known gems that only a local would know about, real neighborhoods, and of course, the food trucks! Ride in-style in an air-conditioned Mercedes Van, with many stops where you can get out, stretch your legs, and explore. Your local Austin guide will share with you stories about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous people, and much more. Discover secret spots, hear funny stories, and decipher local legends. Make new memories and laugh a ton as you learn why Austin is known for its motto, 'Keep Austin Weird'. Along with seeing all the top sites, get an opportunity to tour the State Capitol. Learn a little about Texas history and see the beautiful architecture throughout the Capitol. After your guided Capitol tour, head down to the Food Trucks to end your tour with a tasty treat.

Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

8. Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

With an Austinite as your driver and guide, explore everything from Austin’s towering downtown buildings to its historic architecture, murals, and nature. Enjoy GPS audio narration and stops along the way to fully experience the city’s iconic spots. Put on your sanitized single-use headsets and listen to a GPS-powered audio tour featuring real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see along the drive, conveniently available in both English and Spanish. For your first stop, visit the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge that arches over Lady Bird Lake. Get out and stroll along part of the bridge, taking in breathtaking views of the water and the city skyline. Learn about Lady Bird Lake’s ecosystem and lesser-known facts about Austin from your guide as you look over the city. Along the way, expect to find out more about gorgeous architecture—and entertaining historical anecdotes—including The Driskill Hotel, the University of Texas campus, and the new development happening downtown. Get plenty of 360-degree views from the comfort of your seat, making it that much easier to see all the special details that line the city streets. Catch glimpses of murals and public art, which might include Monopoly Mural, Dazed & Confused, and the Harmony mosaic, as your guide tells you more about the artists who created them. Stop at the Texas State Cemetery and get out to hear more about the Texas legends who have been laid to rest here. Stephan F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnson, Governor John Connally, and Chris Kyle are among the Texas officials buried at this cemetery.

From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

9. From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

Love wine but don’t want to pay high prices for a private wine tour? This is the one for you. Your wine shuttle will take you from downtown Austin into the Texas Hill Country for an afternoon of winding roads, beautiful views, and all the amazing wine you could ask for at 3 wineries. Meet your guide and group in downtown Austin and get ready to board the shuttle. Ride in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter van with a friendly local guide. Cruise through the scenic Texas Hill Country and stop at 3 different award-winning wineries for tastings. All reservations will be made on your behalf in advance. Just show up and have a good time tasting some of Texas' finest wines and food. Move at your own pace at each of the locations and rest assured that transportation is taken care of. Return to Austin.

Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

10. Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

Experience the multilayered reputation of Texas’ capital city on this extended tour of Austin that features all the best stops. Grab a seat in a luxury convertible Mercedes tour vehicle and take in 360-panoramic views as you move through this music-driven metropolis. Expect a crash course on the history and culture from an expert guide, stops to get out and take pictures, and the local insider knowledge that comes from taking one of the city’s best small-group tours. Take in landmarks like the capitol, university, and The Driskill Hotel, the stomping grounds of legends like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Later, head over to Barton Springs, Mount Bonnel, and Austin’s award-winning Central Library. Listen to GPS-powered audio narration with real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see along the tour. You’ll be so jam-packed with Austin info and experiences that you’ll feel like a local yourself by the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Austin

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4.8 / 5

based on 212 reviews

This was a very worthwhile activity. Really enjoyed the guides. The tour itself was interesting and informative. The bikes were lightweight and super easy to ride! Thanks scrappy and Easy! Great job. Would do again.

Went for the evening experience and had a blast! The crew and other guests were so much fun with lots of interactive activities and of course, delicious ice cream throughout the event!

Great tour guide. Excellent knowledge of yummy and off the beaten path breakfast tacos and Austin history. Also gave us spot on recommendations for dinner.

The trip gave us a great sense of what Austin is like and it’s character and best features. The length of the trip was just right.

What a brilliant day. Hector was a fantastic guide and the whole pace and structure of the day was perfect for us.