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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: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

2. 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: 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: 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. 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: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

5. Austin: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

Explore Austin, the state capital of Texas, with a local guide on a van tour of the city's highlights. Enjoy top attractions and visitor experiences while avoiding long lines and wait times on a fully guided and narrated tour with all entry tickets included. Meet your guide at your downtown Austin hotel and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick your tour off with a self-guided visit of the Texas Capitol - the seat of government for the state of Texas. This Italian Renaissance Revival style building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 and sits atop a hill overlooking the downtown Austin area. Ranked within the top 100 "America’s Favorite Architecture" (2007), it is the sixth-tallest state capitol. Walk around the grounds and visit some of the monuments and statues scattered throughout the grounds such as the Heroes of Alamo, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, or the Volunteer Firemen Monument. After the Capitol, hop back into your van and enjoy a narrated driving tour with stops at several iconic landmarks. Stop at several places to get the best views of the city, including the French Legation — one of the oldest houses in Austin —, Pfluger Bridge — a beautiful pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin —, and Lou Neff Point —a stunning look-out point with a gazebo overlooking the city. At the end of your tour, head back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

6. Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

Find out all about Austin’s history, hauntings, and ghosts on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a ghostly tour that will keep all the family entertained. Begin your spooky adventure with an introduction to Austin’s haunted past. Then, set off to visit some of the most haunted locations in the city, such as the Driskill, the Texas Governor's Mansion, and the Texas State Capitol. As you walk, hear about the intricacies of Austin’s haunted history and possible explanations for the hauntings.

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

7. 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: Morning E-Bike Tour w/Easy Tiger's Coffee & Pastry

8. Austin: Morning E-Bike Tour w/Easy Tiger's Coffee & Pastry

Start your day with a guided bike tour to all of Austin's most famous sights and a stop for coffee & pastry at Austin's Easy Tiger Bakery! Each tour is different — your captain will always make sure you see the best-known points of interest, but they'll also take you off the beaten path so you can see Austin from an insider's view. Stop by the Texas State Capitol, Moody Theater, Driskill Hotel, Rainey Street, and catch all of the street art and murals along the way.

Austin: Haunted City Exploration Game

9. Austin: Haunted City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Clearfield Lawn Care. It will take around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete but you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Moonshine Grill. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready to get spooked? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Austin: Sightseeing Tour by Minivan with Commentary

10. Austin: Sightseeing Tour by Minivan with Commentary

Discover some of Austin's most iconic locations including the Texas State Capitol, Driskill Hotel, Texas State Cemetery, and Rainey Street. See the highlights of the city on a group sightseeing tour with commentary that will introduce you to some of Austin's most famous sights. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan as you check out important landmarks in the state capital of Texas. Find out more about the origins of the city and see some of the top sights including the Texas State Capitol, Driskill Hotel, Texas State Cemetery, and Rainey Street. With live commentary on board, you’ll be able to gain insight into the backstory of these places and find out all about the city today.

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What people are saying about Texas State Capitol

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 99 reviews

This was a very worthwhile activity. Really enjoyed the guides. The tour itself was interesting and informative. The bikes were lightweight and super easy to ride! Thanks scrappy and Easy! Great job. Would do again.

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.

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.