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Lady Bird Lake, Austin

Lady Bird Lake, Austin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

1. 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: Sunset Boat Cruise with Bat Watching

2. 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

3. 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: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

4. 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. Finish your tour by heading up north to the Texas State Capitol. 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

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.

Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

6. 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.

Austin: Highlights Tour with Texas Capitol and Food Stop

7. Austin: Highlights Tour with Texas Capitol and Food Stop

Welcome to our exclusive Best of Austin Tour with See Sight Tours, where you can experience the vibrant culture and breathtaking views of this amazing city. Our knowledgeable and friendly local guides will take you on a small group tour (max. 7 guests) in the comfort and style of one of our air-conditioned Mercedes Metris vans, ensuring that you get the best out of your Austin adventure. Meet your guide at your downtown Austin hotel and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Your tour begins with a visit to the Texas Capitol - the seat of government for the state of Texas. This iconic Italian Renaissance Revival style building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 and is the sixth-tallest state capitol. Our guide will take you on a guided tour around the grounds, where you can admire the Heroes of Alamo, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, and the Volunteer Firemen Monument, among other notable monuments and statues. Next, we'll take you to see some of the famous murals in Austin, including the "I love you so much" mural and the "Greetings from Austin" mural. These vibrant and colorful murals are an Instagrammer's paradise and have become iconic symbols of the city. Afterwards, we'll head to Barton Springs, a natural spring-fed pool in the heart of the city, where you can take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a relaxing walk around the area. We'll then make a surprise food stop, where you can indulge in some delicious local cuisine and treats. Next up, we'll take you to Mount Bonnell, one of the highest points in Austin, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city skyline. The view from the top is simply breathtaking, and you won't want to miss it. Finally, we'll adventure around the Pennybacker Bridge, also known as the "360 Bridge," which spans across Lake Austin and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and water. Throughout the tour, our guide will provide you with informative commentary and local insights, giving you a true taste of Austin's unique culture and history. At the end of your tour, we'll take you back to your Downtown Austin hotel, leaving you with unforgettable memories of your Austin adventure At the end of your tour, head back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

8. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Explore the capital of Texas while leisurely paddling Lady Bird Lake and nearby waterways. Perfect for family, friends, or a combination of both, see sights like the towering Congress Avenue Bridge, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, the Statesman Bat Observation Center, and plenty of wildlife. Begin your adventure in downtown Austin to collect your paddleboard. Learn how to mount and maneuver your board and understand the rights of way for river and lake traffic. Then it's time to get into the water, pausing to take a photo of the sweeping city skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Feel the sun on your face as you paddle through the calm lake water of Lady Bird Lake. Stay here to watch for local wildlife along the banks or cruise towards the Colorado River to the Statesman Bat Observation Center and Congress Avenue Bridge to catch a glimpse of the city's large bat colonies. Continue to nearby Barton Springs, a set of four natural water springs located in Zilker Park. Take a break to swim in the crisp water or watch for wildlife like fish, otters, turtles, and birds. Then it's time to head back to return the paddleboards and take one last photo of your adventure.

Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

9. Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Austin's tourist hotspots and get off the beaten track as you explore Lady Bird Lake on a bicycle tour. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way.  Meet your guide at the meeting point, receive your helmet and bike, and set out on your tour. Head down to the famous Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park area and learn about Austin's largest park and its significance. Then head towards the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and the Congress Avenue bridge. The itinerary includes sites like the old Mopac railroad bridge, Austin's newest library, the Pfluger pedestrian bridge, and of course the iconic boardwalk for perfect photo opportunities of the Austin skyline. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Austin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.  

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lady Bird Lake, Austin

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4.6
(92 reviews)

Great, staff was so nice! But wouldn't use this site again. Much cheaper if you go directly in person (50% mark up through here)

The staff was friendly and helpful. The equipment was clean and in good condition. I’d definitely go back.

Michael did a great job with the routing and seems to know everything about Austin 👍

Tobey was wonderful! Loved his insight and kind and fun personality. Thanks Tobey!!!

Rob was a brilliant guide! Great way to explore the main parts of the city