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From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

1. 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: Single or Double Kayak Rental

2. 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

3. 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, head down to the Food Trucks to end your tour with a tasty treat.

Austin: Lake Austin Guided Boat Tour

4. 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: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

5. 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: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

6. 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: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

7. 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.

Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

8. 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.

From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

9. From Austin: Half-Day Hill Country Wine Shuttle

Love wine but don’t want to pay high prices for a private wine tour? This is the one for you. Your wine shuttle will take you from downtown Austin into the Texas Hill Country for an afternoon of winding roads, beautiful views, and all the amazing wine you could ask for at 3 wineries. Meet your guide and group in downtown Austin and get ready to board the shuttle. Ride in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter van with a friendly local guide. Cruise through the scenic Texas Hill Country and stop at 3 different award-winning wineries for tastings. All reservations will be made on your behalf in advance. Just show up and have a good time tasting some of Texas' finest wines and food. Move at your own pace at each of the locations and rest assured that transportation is taken care of. Return to Austin.

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

Embark on a full-day tour from select Downtown San Antonio or Downtown Austin hotels through the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit the former home of U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ Ranch, explore Fredericksburg, stop by Luckenbach, and end your day at a Texas winery. After pickup at your hotel in San Antonio or Austin, head out of the city toward the famous Texas Hill Country. Make your first stop in Johnson City to visit the home where President Lyndon B. Johnson spent his younger years. Continue on to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and have time to explore LBJ Ranch, also known as the "Texas White House." Be sure to stop by the hangar to see LBJ's plane, and view the many exhibitions on site. From there, head down to the charming town of Fredericksburg, a historic German town. While there, have time to shop at boutique stores and enjoy lunch in the square. Be sure to make time to taste some wine at one of the many wine tasting rooms throughout the town, and check out the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This portion of the tour is flexible and you will have time to explore at your own pace. Afterward, experience the magic and music of Luckenbach, Texas, "where everybody's somebody." Step back in time in this tiny Hill Country Town that was established as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Texas. Kick back, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a town known for exuding the Texas state of mind. Enjoy some good ol' country music before heading back to the city. Finally, end your day traveling through Texas vineyards. Learn about the development of the Texas wine industry and even visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries. Tastings are optional and will be an additional fee. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in either Downtown Austin or Downtown San Antonio.

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What people are saying about Austin

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Our tour guide Kelty was excellent! She was born and raised in Austin and did a great job giving us fun facts about Austin and interesting tidbits about the venues we visited. She was super friendly and at the end our the excursion she gave us personalized recommendations for other things to do in Austin based on the conversations she had with us! BBQ was good and the wine was surprisingly great at both of the vineyards

It was a great experience seeing the city of Austin. It was enjoyable and relaxing. Seeing the Spring, the parks, the Capitol building, the city streets, the landmark buildings and appreciating the history that goes with it. All while on a Sunday afternoon bike ride. Sounds good to me.

We had a relaxed half day on the tour which brought us to two wineries and a famous BBQ location. Our guide was informative and humorous which made the day very enjoyable. We will do more tours in the future.

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

The tour was great! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun