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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: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

2. Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

Witness the incredible spectacle of millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerging from beneath Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. Get the best view from a kayak on the river below to watch one of the city's most celebrated natural attractions. Meet your guide for an introductory paddling lesson, and learn all about how the local bat colony came to make the bridge their home. As you paddle the waterways towards the bridge, you'll get to see Austin's gorgeous downtown skyline and bridges along Lady Bird Lake, locally known as Town Lake. Get a chance to snap social media-worthy photos as the bats form enormous surreal dancing clouds, and ascend into the night sky. Once the tour is over you'll make your way back to the starting point.

Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

3. 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.

Austin: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

4. Austin: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

Explore Austin, the state capital of Texas, with a local guide on a van tour of the city's highlights. Enjoy top attractions and visitor experiences while avoiding long lines and wait times on a fully guided and narrated tour with all entry tickets included. Meet your guide at your downtown Austin hotel and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick your tour off with a self-guided visit of the Texas Capitol - the seat of government for the state of Texas. This Italian Renaissance Revival style building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 and sits atop a hill overlooking the downtown Austin area. Ranked within the top 100 "America’s Favorite Architecture" (2007), it is the sixth-tallest state capitol. Walk around the grounds and visit some of the monuments and statues scattered throughout the grounds such as the Heroes of Alamo, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, or the Volunteer Firemen Monument. After the Capitol, hop back into your van and enjoy a narrated driving tour with stops at several iconic landmarks. Stop at several places to get the best views of the city, including the French Legation — one of the oldest houses in Austin —, Pfluger Bridge — a beautiful pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin —, and Lou Neff Point —a stunning look-out point with a gazebo overlooking the city. At the end of your tour, head back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

5. 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.

From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

6. 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: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

7. 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.

Austin: Biker Gang E-Bike Adventure

8. Austin: Biker Gang E-Bike Adventure

Be a part of an e-bike biker gang and see the best sights that Austin has to offer. The electric minibikes are fun and super easy to ride. No license is needed. All you need to know is how to ride a bicycle. Your guide will first give you a briefing and initiation before you begin your adventure. The tour will be filled with facts, fun, and photos opportunities. If you're just visiting the city, then it's a great way to see some of the best sights while you're here. If you're a local, then it's the perfect way to fall in love with the city all over again.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

9. 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: City and Hill Country Non-Stop Tour in a Mercedes

10. Austin: City and Hill Country Non-Stop Tour in a Mercedes

Explore Austin with some real locals, covering 30 miles of interesting sights. Sit back and relax in a 14-passenger Mercedes-Benz sprinter and enjoy Austin's attractions and landmarks. Visit local hangouts, learn about the live music scene, the “Keep Austin Weird” culture, and the city’s extraordinary gastronomic scene. Go to the Six Square District in East Austin, where you'll learn more about Austin’s Black music, arts, and cultural history. Let a local resident be your guide as you discover lively parks, trendy shopping districts, and the Hill Country’s lakes and vistas.

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What people are saying about Austin

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 100 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!

Our guide, Mark, was amazing! Very informative about the lake, gave great info, really kind, and made our first time kayaking experience an awesome one!

Great tour of Austin and area. Very comfortable van and it was so comfortable on a 100 degree day .

Had a fun time with my boyfriend and would recommend going to anyone who lives in Austin.