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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: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

3. Austin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Embark on a 2-hour bike tour of Austin and pedal down to some of the famous spots around downtown and the river front. A local guide will lead you along a route that also takes back streets and hiking trails beloved by locals. Along the way, see why they like to "Keep Austin Weird" in this cultural hub.  The tour begins by going along the famous Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Barton Springs Pool area, and Zilker Park. Then, take a stop at the South Congress Avenue Bridge and learn about the largest urban colonization of bats in North America. From there, head towards the new boardwalk for amazing views of the Austin skyline. See Austin's hottest entertainment district, Rainey Street, and learn how it came to be.  Finish your tour by heading up north to the Texas State Capitol, where you'll be able to go inside and admire the famous rotunda. Take time to snap some photos before cruising back towards the shop along the newly renovated Shoal Creek Trail. The tour ends at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.

From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

4. From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

Begin your 7-hour tour of San Antonio, Texas with a complimentary downtown Austin hotel pickup. Your local guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to a fresh & clean Mercedes Metris van, ready to start your journey to San Antonio, Texas. Enjoy a short commute between the two cities and witness iconic Texan points of interest along the way. You will drive through two notable major cities, New Braunfels and then San Marcos and pass by notable points of interest along the way such as the Texas State Capitol, Natural Bridge Caverns, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels, and Congress Avenue Bridge. Your guide will narrate and provide ongoing highlights about the surrounding area along the drive. Upon arriving in San Antonio, you will visit the local cultural icon, The Alamo, where you can stand in the footsteps of heroes from long before. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour that leads you through the courtyard revealing the infamous story of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications including the 16 pounder cannon, palisades, and barracks. Be transported to your next location on the tour while learning about fun historic highlights and local insights. Take the opportunity to learn about the local area with a Q & A with your friendly guide. Next stop, the popular San Antonio Spanish Missions where your guide will lead you through Missions San Jose. Witness the the city's stonewalls and granary that give this place its unique character. Take a 190-meter elevator ride to the top of Tower of the Americas to witness the most magnificent panoramic view of the city at the Tower’s Observation Deck. Afterwards, your guide will lead you to the city’s most enchanting experience at the world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway on a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk Boat Cruise. Enjoy the charm of the winding urban river on a silent, electric, and colorful barge while experiencing stunning architecture, lively culture & music. The boat cruise will lead you past multiple points of interest such as the city’s very first neighborhood La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Finally, your local guide will transport you back to your downtown Austin, Texas Hotel.

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: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

6. Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

Embark on a 4-mile round-trip paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and get picture-perfect views of over 1.5 million bats flying overhead on this kayaking trip on Lady Bird Lake. Learn about the history and migration of the Mexican free-tailed bats from your guide. Start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket, then set out on the water with your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide as you take in the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding area. As you paddle, learn more about Austin’s prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, the history of Congress Avenue Bridge, and more. 

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What people are saying about Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Very nice tour, guide had many interesting things to share about Austin history and culture. I’m not sure we actually biked 10miles which was fine with me as it was a very hot day.

Our guide, Tanner, was awesome! It rained off and on, but we still had a blast exploring Austin. We took his advice and came back to the Congress Bridge at sunset to see the bats!

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.

Small group which was great! Informative and fun. Learned a lot about Austin.