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Austin: A Downtown History Walking Tour

1. Austin: A Downtown History Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of downtown Austin with a guide to dive into its history. Hear tales of the infamous red light district, where sex workers, blacksmiths, maids, and porters made their homes. Along the way, discover how Austin became the vibrant and dynamic city it is today. Meet your guide outside the Halcyon Coffee shop and follow them around the buzzing streets of downtown Austin. Step inside the Romanesque-style building of Driskill Hotel, the oldest operating hotel in the city. In the historic setting of The Driskill, learn about the eccentric and heroic Austinites who shaped the city's story. Listen carefully as your guide paints a vivid picture of the past through storytelling. From cowboys to condos, take a walk through the history of Austin, ending in what was once a roaring red light district sprinkled with bars and saloons. Find out how an area that was home to hundreds of prostitutes from the early 1870s, saw its shutdown by moral crusaders in 1913.

Austin: Secret Food Tour

2. Austin: Secret Food Tour

Skip the tourist traps and get to know the real Austin foodie scene with a local guide, in this 3-hour tour of Austin. Make your trip to Austin memorable with this unique insight into its food culture.  Austin’s city slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird’ is a great way to describe the diverse range of delicious food that you will sample on this tour. Visit six unique stops in the historic city center. You will try dishes dating back to the Aztec days, and you will learn about the influence these traditional dishes have on modern Austin cuisine. You will also taste contemporary Austin dishes that have been influenced by cuisine from all over the world and that shape the modern flavors of this modern metropolis.

Austin Ghosts

3. Austin Ghosts

Join US Ghost Adventures for a journey through haunted locations like The Omni Hotel, the William Sidney Porter House, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops.  Austin has a unique way of encouraging eccentric behavior with its infamous element of the weird. The history of the capital of Texas offers shocking stories of forbidden lovers, heartbreaking suicides, brutal murders, and freak accidents.  Some of the ghosts you may encounter on this historic ghost tour are playful and harmless, but others are quite wicked and have committed some horrific crimes in their lifetimes. Stroll through hotspots in the "City of Bats" on this ghost tour and explore the dark side of the city's charming downtown streets. You’ll not only visit the most haunted places in town, but also discover the history that lives on in each building.  Keep your cameras ready because some pretty spooky footage has been captured on some of these expeditions. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the suicide brides roaming around the Driskill, or witness the legendary "Man with the Cigar" who thoughtfully paces around the Paramount Theatre.  Loads of tall tales will skim the surface of Austin’s history, but you will also hear true stories that have been thoroughly fact-checked and researched.

Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

4. Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

In Austin’s Haunted Pub Crawl, take a deep dive into the city during the Old West days. Stop over in a few bars to look at some of the weird and unusual history, and death that the city has dealt with. Learn from your guide about Driskill Hotel, one of Austin’s finest and oldest hotels that probably houses more ghosts in it than guests, and about how the city’s locations all have stories of a troubled past.  Each location and each spirit has a story that they want to tell, a story that can be found on every street corner and every brick, each one uniquely different from the last. Learn the stories of Austin one drink at a time.

Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

5. Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

Find out all about Austin’s history, hauntings, and ghosts on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a ghostly tour that will keep all the family entertained. Begin your spooky adventure with an introduction to Austin’s haunted past. Then, set off to visit some of the most haunted locations in the city, such as the Driskill, the Texas Governor's Mansion, and the Texas State Capitol. As you walk, hear about the intricacies of Austin’s haunted history and possible explanations for the hauntings.

Austin: Murder By Gaslight Ghost Tour

6. Austin: Murder By Gaslight Ghost Tour

Discover the dark underbelly of Austin. Hear the chilling tales of violent deaths, suicides, serial killings, and ghosts who just plain refuse to check out of their hotels. Enjoy this adults-only tour that explores the dark, dangerous, and spooky side of 19th century Austin while exploring the city’s historic district.  Learn all about the city’s scariest spots, including Dumont’s Down Low, Guy Town, Oilcan Harry’s, Driskill Hotel, Omni Hotel, the historic Old Courthouse, and Moonlight Tower.

Austin: Small Group Taco Tasting Foodie Walking Tour

7. Austin: Small Group Taco Tasting Foodie Walking Tour

Welcome to the Austin Taco Food Walking Tour, a perfect way to experience the best of Austin in a single afternoon. This tour combines the must-see city attractions with the deliciousness of Austin's taco scene.   As you stroll through the city, you'll discover the hidden gems of Austin, including the iconic Willie Nelson statue, the historic Driskill Hotel, and the Austin Public Library, which is an architectural masterpiece. You'll also get to see the Congress Street Bridge, a truly "eye batting" experience that only Austin can offer.   Next is the taco prowl. Austin is renowned for its amazing taco scene, and this tour is the perfect way to sample some of the best. You'll visit three different taco stops, each offering a variety of mouth-watering options, including grilled steak, shrimp macha, pork, grilled chicken, vegetarian, and many more. And for dessert, you'll get to indulge in a delicious doughnut from a local bakery.   This tour is not just about the food and the city attractions, but also about the walking experience itself. As you stroll through the city streets, you'll feel the vibrant energy of Austin, with its live music, colorful street art, and friendly locals. This tour truly captures the essence of Austin, and is the perfect way to experience the city like a local.   So if you're looking for a fun and delicious way to explore Austin, join us on the Austin Taco Food Walking Tour, and let us take you on a journey through the heart of this amazing city.

Austin Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

8. Austin Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Explore where you're staying and learn about the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city, at your own extent. A private car can be added to the tour. 

Dripping Springs: Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

9. Dripping Springs: Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

Discover the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company's mill and newly renovated bottling facility on a guided walking tour. Learn the ins and outs of what makes extra virgin olive oil unique and top off your tour with a unique extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. Begin your tour with a guided visit of the company's charming mill and olive oil bottling facility and see where the magic happens. Learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil from your guide, ensuring you'll enjoy olive oil even more when cooking at home. Continue the fun in the tasting room as you try award winning extra virgin olive oils and unique flavors of infused balsamic vinegars. Make sure to admire the sprawling olive trees from the patio — you're in for a treat.

Austin Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

10. Austin Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Embark on a bone-chilling pub crawl through Downtown Austin's eeriest sites and discover Austin's darker side with your guide. Stop in three local bars and trade stories with fellow travelers over a few drinks. Meet your guide at the Driskill Hotel Bar, where the spirit of a little girl can be heard bouncing her favorite ball. From there, make your way to six haunted locations, including three pubs. Grab a drink with the spirit of Maggie Mae, a woman known for seducing sailors and robbing them blind. Pop a straw into one of Casino El Camino’s famous Bloody Marys as you hear about a much more terrifying “Bloody Mary” lurking in the Diablo Room late at night. Visit iconic Austin hotspots, including the San Jac Saloon, owned by Jared Padalacki of the long-running TV show “Supernatural.” Finally, head home with a pleasant buzz and plenty of spooky stories to share.

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Very good experience. Guide was fun to be with. Initially Hard to locate hin. A little on the pricey side but it was different experience. Glad we did it. Value could of done it alot cheaper ourselves but wouldnt of known how too.

Our guide was just a couple of weeks in and did a good job, but we would have enjoyed a little more history of Austin. There was plenty to eat, 2 taco stops, brisket, tamale, and 2 desserts, so pretty good variety as well.

Harrison was such a great guide, super interesting, keeps you intrigued and just a good person to talk to! Highly recommend 10/10

Thanks Carrie that gave me a great overview of Austin

First time in your city it was a great experience.