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Austin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

1. 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: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

2. 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.  

Offbeat & Hidden Austin Panoramic Tour

3. Offbeat & Hidden Austin Panoramic Tour

Throughout the tour, we will cover roughly 25 attractions and points of interest that include the Bat Bridge, South Congress (SoCo), Pemberton Castle, Austin State Hospital, and the Governor’s Mansion & Capitol, among others. We make a quick stop to explore the beauty of Barton Springs Pool and its healing spiritual waters that burst up through the limestone once upon a millennia ago. While the popular water springs (and creek from which they flow) are named after the frontiersman William Barton and his family, the history and spirituality of this area belongs to the Native American tribes who inhabited the grounds for thousands of years. Learn more from your guide about the water’s metaphysical powers, and the moonlight swims that still happen in this popular recreation area of Austin located inside Zilker Park. Expect tales of drum circles and a prancing donkey (the annual Eeyore’s Birthday Party is hosted here) from your guide. You’ll also get to learn more about the history of the Pease Mansion, which was completed in 1853 and the home of the eponymous governor and his family for four generations. Today, the grounds are usually bustling with University of Texas students and locals looking to unwind. Along the way, we will make sure to stop at places for you to get those Instagram pictures and stories in! Examples of places we go include the Greetings from Austin mural, Quack’s Bakery, the Driskill, and Texas State Cemetery. Expect to hear plenty of entertaining stories of ghosts, hippies, and yes, even about Austin’s local favorites Willie Nelson, Matthew Mcconaughey, Janis Joplin, Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Everything was great. Michael was a great tour guide. I don’t appreciate the push for tips though. We got told in the beginning and end that they accepts tips in different forms. Felt very pressured. The tour isn’t cheap to begin with and we are paying for the service. I am not a fan of being pressured to tip. If he went over and above for us, we are perfectly happy to tip but when people push for tips like that, it puts a sour taste in my mouth.

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.

My guide Michael was great. eventhough it was a rainy day he showed me around and i got a great overview of Austin

Good experience ! The guy is so polite and know the history about the city and tourist points. It was so fun day !

Michael was a wonderful guide. My ebike was a dream