Barton Springs, Austin

Barton Springs, Austin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

1. 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: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

2. 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: Single or Double Kayak Rental

3. Austin: Single or Double Kayak Rental

Explore the capital of Texas on a relaxing single or double kayak adventure. Take your time as you explore the city in either a single or double kayak and check out the views as you float along the calm waters of Lady Bird Lake. Discover multiple man-made outlets that can take you all the way from Congress Avenue Bridge to Barton Springs all while exploring on your own. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the towering sights of Downtown Austin while on the relaxing waters of Lady Bird Lake. A driver's license per kayak will be required when checking in on site. A waiver will also be required and can be filled out at the dock.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

4. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

Our friendly tour guides will greet you at Rowing Dock, and get you set up with everything needed on the water. The tour guide hosts a safety meeting and fits each guest for a life jacket. The Rowing Dock staff will help you into your boat and review basic paddling tips with you prior to departure. Once on the water, your tour guide will lead you on a journey to the Springs. Along the way, there will be numerous opportunities to take photos with the downtown Austin City skyline in the background. This tour is approximately two miles round trip and lasts two hours. Guests will be allowed to get out of their boats and take a dip in the cool spring water. The tour ends at Rowing Dock.

Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

5. Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

Admire the Austin skyline on a guided Kayaking tour. Sail along Lady Bird Lake and look out for local wildlife, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat and enjoy your beautiful surroundings at Barton Springs. Pick up your Kayak and set off from Lady Bird Lake. Follow your tour guide along this serene lake and marvel at the glittering skyline ahead. See the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and keep an eye out for the famous Mexican American free-tailed bats. Sail past historical buildings that make up the iconic Austin skyline as well as important bridges, including Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Continue to Barton Springs and admire the crystal-clear water and lush surroundings.

Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

6. Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Austin's tourist hotspots and get off the beaten track as you explore Lady Bird Lake on a bicycle tour. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way.  Meet your guide at the meeting point, receive your helmet and bike, and set out on your tour. Head down to the famous Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park area and learn about Austin's largest park and its significance. Then head towards the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and the Congress Avenue bridge. The itinerary includes sites like the old Mopac railroad bridge, Austin's newest library, the Pfluger pedestrian bridge, and of course the iconic boardwalk for perfect photo opportunities of the Austin skyline. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Austin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.  

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

7. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Explore the capital of Texas while leisurely paddling Lady Bird Lake and nearby waterways. Perfect for family, friends, or a combination of both, see sights like the towering Congress Avenue Bridge, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, the Statesman Bat Observation Center, and plenty of wildlife. Begin your adventure in downtown Austin to collect your paddleboard. Learn how to mount and maneuver your board and understand the rights of way for river and lake traffic. Then it's time to get into the water, pausing to take a photo of the sweeping city skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Feel the sun on your face as you paddle through the calm lake water of Lady Bird Lake. Stay here to watch for local wildlife along the banks or cruise towards the Colorado River to the Statesman Bat Observation Center and Congress Avenue Bridge to catch a glimpse of the city's large bat colonies. Continue to nearby Barton Springs, a set of four natural water springs located in Zilker Park. Take a break to swim in the crisp water or watch for wildlife like fish, otters, turtles, and birds. Then it's time to head back to return the paddleboards and take one last photo of your adventure.

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What people are saying about Barton Springs, Austin

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We had such a fun tour! It was easy enough for the ones that had never been kayaking. Mark shared interesting info about the lake and springs, but gave our group plenty of space to enjoy each other’s company along the way. We especially enjoyed the time to explore when we reached the cool springs. Would definitely return on our next visit!

This is a great tour to hit all the highlights. This was our first time in Austin and had a list of places to visit. This hit a lot of them and a good overview, it also gave us a few ideas for dinner and additional places to check out. Mike was patient and did a great job answering our questions. Thanks.

Chelsea and Tristan are the best tour guides I’ve ever met!!! They are so nice and friendly, also knowledgeable about local history and fun things! Really cool experience!!! It’s a Must try experience in Austin!!

Loved this tour! Fun way to see Austin. Mike did a terrific job. Highly recommend this tour. Well worth the money.

Great team and service. Very kind and informative!! Would definitely come back to this spot soon!!!