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1. USA: eSIM Data Plans with 1GB to 20GB Options

Stay connected during your travels in America. Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of New York, enjoying the scenic beauty of Colorado, or lounging on the beaches of Hawaii, this eSIM data plan will allow you to use all of the online services that you need. Wherever your travels in the USA take you, you'll be able to share your favorite moments in real time, navigate new places with ease, and connect with family and friends from afar. With various options available, you can choose the eSIM package that best suits your travel plans, simplify your trip, and bid farewell to roaming fees.

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.

Austin: Museum of Ice Cream Admission Ticket

3. Austin: Museum of Ice Cream Admission Ticket

Taste, play, dance, connect, and imagine in 12 new multi-sensory installations at the Museum of Ice Cream, all while you invigorate your taste buds with many sweet treats along the way. Start your visit with a signature pink lemonade popsicle before being transported into a land of sweets. Explore the Museum of Modern Ice Cream and the Carnival, the Candy Shop, and the Magnet Room. Each installation serves up one-of-a-kind treats, such as pink vanilla soft serve, assorted candies, and pink fluffy cotton candy. Don’t miss the exciting Sprinkle Pool, Banana Forest and Rainbow Tunnel. Add an element of magic with an exclusive night at the museum experience, possible to book in the options. After hours, enjoy a full tour of the museum's 12 installations, along with special activities and a drink at the ice cream bar.

Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Bat Watching

4. 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.

Austin: Single or Double Kayak Rental

5. 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: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

6. Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

Experience all that Austin has to offer on this 2-hour city overview. This 'bucket list' tour will take you to see major landmarks, lesser-known gems that only a local would know about, real neighborhoods, and of course, the food trucks! Ride in-style in an air-conditioned Mercedes Van, with many stops where you can get out, stretch your legs, and explore. Your local Austin guide will share with you stories about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous people, and much more. Discover secret spots, hear funny stories, and decipher local legends. Make new memories and laugh a ton as you learn why Austin is known for its motto, 'Keep Austin Weird'. Along with seeing all the top sites, get an opportunity to tour the State Capitol. Learn a little about Texas history and see the beautiful architecture throughout the Capitol. After your guided Capitol tour, enjoy a sweet treat on us!

Austin: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

7. Austin: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

Admire the natural beauty of Lake Austin on a relaxing, narrated tour. Enjoy a fun and affordable way to experience the lake with other passengers without renting an entire boat. This popular and scenic 22-mile public lake known for its clear, constant-level water is just a 20 minute drive from downtown Austin. As you cruise around the lake, you'll see privately-owned luxury waterfront and cliffside homes, and popular shoreside restaurants. The tour itinerary also includes other main highlights: The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria This Italian-style lakeside villa built in 1916 was home to Clara Driscoll, a philanthropist who was instrumental in the preservation of the Alamo. Today the 14 acre site is home to The Contemporary Austin and is comprised of an outdoor sculpture park, the Laguna Gloria art museum and an art school. Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife This 35-acre wildlife preserve located on Lake Austin's waterfront is a refuge for rare, endangered or threatened species and is open to the public through guided tours. While out on the water, you may even catch sight of Austin's own world champion wake surfers, Ashley Kidd and Raleigh Hager. This activity is ideal for individual travelers, couples, and small groups or families!

Austin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

10. 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, we'll 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 3 springs and sits at 68 degrees year-round. Then we head towards the South Congress District and check out some of Austin's most famous murals where you'll have time to stop and snap photos before heading on to your next adventure. Head towards the world's largest urban colony of bats before heading north to check out Downtown Austin. As you enter the downtown area, see one of Austin's most popular entertainment districts the historic 6th Street. Continue towards the Texas State Capitol. Finish your tour by heading along the Shoal Creek trail to the Austin Public Library and the scenic Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge on your way back to the shop,

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4.7 / 5

based on 413 reviews

We had the best time with this tour! Ace, our tour guide was thorough, friendly, and super knowledgeable about everything Austin! He was so funny too :) We highly recommend this tour for those who want to get out on a bike in the beautiful Texas weather, see so many of the sites and learn a lot!

We enjoyed our tour. Our guide, Ben, was informative and entertaining. The tour was well paced. We are “seniors” and had no problem keeping up. The food that we had was very good. The portions were very generous. We do not hesitate in recommending this tour.

Cliff the guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and made the tour fun for all participants. Would definitely recommend!

The tour guide was super nice and did a little but longer tour!! Definitely got my money's worth!!

outstanding tour. Hit all the spots we wanted to see and then some.