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Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Bat Watching

1. Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Bat Watching

Experience the beauty of Austin at twilight on a sunset cruise, with a guide and hotel transfer included. See the city's top sites like the Willie Nelson Statue, Paramount Theatre, and the Texas Capitol 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. Take this tour between March and October, 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 bats under the bridge where a colony of 1.5 million bats reside, 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. 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 before being taken back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Downtown Austin History Tour: Morning Walk Austin

2. Downtown Austin History Tour: Morning Walk Austin

Get to know Austin on a leisurely morning walk with a 5-star rated storyteller as your guide. Learn little-known stories about the city, get inside tips on the best coffee shops, restaurants, and live music venues, and explore the city like a local. This tour helps you avoid tourist traps to make the most of your visit to Austin. Great for kids and adults alike, learn about the city in a fun, low-key way. Your tour begins at Jo's Coffee at 242 W. 2nd Street in downtown Austin. The tour will include the 2nd Street District (aka Warehouse District) on the west side of Congress, including the Moody Theater with Austin's iconic statue of Willie Nelson. Next we walk through the Warehouse District straight to Guytown and the first railroad depot in Austin (circa 1871), formerly the Spaghetti Warehouse. Then onto Congress Avenue and a quick walk by the Speakeasy tavern, which was formerly the Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Company (circa 1886). Northbound on Congress Avenue, it will take us across famous Sixth Street to the Angelina Eberly statue and a fantastic story about how she saved the city back in 1842. From there, we cross Congress with a beautiful view of the state Capitol just two blocks away. We will discuss some of the history of the Capitol and then move to the Driskill Hotel (circa 1885) where we will tour the beautiful lobby and the Driskill Bar and Lounge. We'll point out great spots of interest on Sixth Street as we head east passing some great music, venues, and Voodoo Donuts if anyone is hungry for a treat. :-) Our walk home is a southbound trip down San Jacinto past new and old buildings alike. A right at Vince Young's Steakhouse takes us back to Congress Avenue, then left past the Pearl House Hotel to 2nd Street with Austin's famous bat bridge clearly in site. Your guide will pause to talk a little bit about the bat phenomenon in Austin before heading back to Jo's Coffee. Lots and lots of history and relevant information to do later in your trip!

Austin: Arts + Architecture City Tour

3. Austin: Arts + Architecture City Tour

Starting off in the heart of downtown where you’ll get to see a mix of some of the oldest and newest architecture in Austin. From what’s been considered the most iconic building in Austin for decades, the Texas State Capitol, to more modern stars in the Austin skyline, downtown is packed with fascinating and beautiful architecture, like Gothic, Greek Revival and Moderne style. Along the route, you’ll also see several works of public art, including the tallest mural in Austin, the Willie Nelson statue, and Kempelen’s Robotic Owls. Continuing through downtown, we’ll lead you through the newest and most modern section: the Seaholm District. Here you’ll see such unique buildings at the Austin Central Library, the butterfly bridge, the Jenga-like tower of the Independent, and the former City of Austin power plant that the district is named after. North of downtown, we’ll visit Judges Hill, Neil Cochran House and West Campus. You’ll see the Barbara Jordan Statue and the Clock Knot Statue on the UT Campus as we make our way north to the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park. Enjoy a variety of sculptures at Elizabet Ney Museum followed by a drive through the area featuring historic home architecture including Victorian, Queen Annes, Tudor Revivals, and American Craftsman bungalows.Finally, a stop at Waterloo Greenway provides for a peaceful stroll. Celebrate the spirit of our community at this wonderous downtown public park that winds along Waller Creek.

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