Austin Visitor Center: Our most recommended tours and activities

Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

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

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: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

With an Austinite as your driver and guide, explore everything from Austin’s towering downtown buildings to its historic architecture, murals, and nature. Enjoy GPS audio narration and stops along the way to fully experience the city’s iconic spots. Put on your sanitized single-use headsets and listen to a GPS-powered audio tour featuring real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see along the drive, conveniently available in both English and Spanish. For your first stop, visit the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge that arches over Lady Bird Lake. Get out and stroll along part of the bridge, taking in breathtaking views of the water and the city skyline. Learn about Lady Bird Lake’s ecosystem and lesser-known facts about Austin from your guide as you look over the city. Along the way, expect to find out more about gorgeous architecture—and entertaining historical anecdotes—including The Driskill Hotel, the University of Texas campus, and the new development happening downtown. Get plenty of 360-degree views from the comfort of your seat, making it that much easier to see all the special details that line the city streets. Catch glimpses of murals and public art, which might include Monopoly Mural, Dazed & Confused, and the Harmony mosaic, as your guide tells you more about the artists who created them. Stop at the Texas State Cemetery and get out to hear more about the Texas legends who have been laid to rest here. Stephan F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnson, Governor John Connally, and Chris Kyle are among the Texas officials buried at this cemetery.

From Austin: Texas Hill Country Brewery & Distillery Shuttle

From Austin: Texas Hill Country Brewery & Distillery Shuttle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Austin on a guided day trip to Texas Hill Country. Hop on this half-day shuttle to spend the afternoon sampling craft beer and spirits at 3 of the finest breweries and distilleries in the area including Beerburg Brewing, Treaty Oak Distillery & Family Business Beer Co. Get a designated driver and local guide to escort you in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van. Be sure to come hungry because each spot also offers a mouth-watering menu of delicious food options like pizza, tacos, and BBQ (at your own cost). Depart from the Austin Visitor Center and be driven for about 40 minutes. First, head to Jester King, a brewery, kitchen, farm, and event hall on a 165-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Taste their beer fermented with wild yeast or order a cocktail. Next, spend an hour at Beerburg Brewing, a farm-to-table brewery and kitchen between Austin and Dripping Springs. Sample beers brewed with native Texas plants that are hand-harvested onsite. Finally, go to Treaty Oak Distilling, a distillery scattered with ancient live oak trees in a serene hill country setting. Visit their tasting room to try craft cocktails made with Treaty Oak Whiskey and Waterloo Gin.

Austin: Arts + Architecture City Tour

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.

Austin: BBQ & Brew Shuttle

Austin: BBQ & Brew Shuttle

Hop aboard our exciting BBQ and Brew Shuttle in Austin! Get ready for a mouthwatering adventure as we shuttle you between some of the city's best destinations for BBQ and craft beer. Starting at the Austin Visitor Center, our shuttle will whisk you away to North Austin, where you'll indulge in the irresistible flavors of Stiles Switch BBQ. Feast on their authentic and delectable meats and sides, soaking up the true essence of Texas BBQ. After satisfying your barbecue cravings, we'll hop back on the shuttle and make our way to Austin Beerworks, where you can sample a diverse range of handcrafted brews. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and savor the unique flavors of their finely crafted beers. Our final stop will be Meanwhile Brewing, where you'll discover even more tantalizing brews in a captivating setting. After a delightful evening of BBQ and brews, we'll return you to the Austin Visitor Center. This 4-hour shuttle experience is priced at $60 per person, offering convenient transportation and an unforgettable culinary journey. Book your seat now and get ready to indulge in the best BBQ and brews that Austin has to offer!

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What people are saying about Austin Visitor Center

Overall rating

4.7
(23 reviews)

Cliff was great very good hose and overall very enjoyable tour just a bit hot despite the mild AC. Also wish we could have stayed longer at the capital building.

Nick was super knowledgeable! One of my favorite things was that he remembered everyone’s names! Made the experience so much better!!!

Excellent choice to condense your visit to Austin into a single solution. Well organized and complete tour. Advised

Absolutely excellent tour with really knowledgeable guide Ike. Great fun too. Highly recommend

I bought a tour in Spanish and the guide spoke English the entire time.