Austin is a unique city providing a blend of Old West charm, southern hospitality, and modern sophistication. Feast on some of the best food in the world, take in some sun at one of the lakes, and enjoy a never-ending array of things to see and do. We’ve rounded up just a few of the many options available, including links to purchase your tickets.
This “bucket list tour” gives you a city overview in just 2 hours. Major landmarks, lesser known gems that only a local would know about, real neighborhoods, and of course, the food trucks! This is definitely not a typical “van tour.” Along the way your guide will chat about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous people, and much more! You’ll also discover secret spots, hear funny stories, and decipher local legends. Make new memories and laugh a ton as you’re shown how they “Keep Austin Weird.” Finally experience Austin, don’t just see it through a window! Tours depart daily at 10:30 am and are just $35 per person. Pickup for the Real Austin Tour is inside the Austin Visitor Center located at 602 E. 4th St.*
As the home to North America’s largest urban bat population, Austin can offer visitors a tourist attraction unlike nothing else! Up to 1.5 million bats reside under the South Congress Bridge at the height of bat season, and when they emerge at sundown, it’s awe-inspiring! Get an up-close view as the bats emerge to feed on bugs in one of the most spectacular natural displays on the planet. The Bat Cruise leaves from the Conference hotel 30 minutes before sunset. There are several options and prices to choose from.
The largest capitol building in the United States, Austin’s state house is an architectural marvel. Filled with stories of heroism and history, this grand building is available to tour every day except major holidays. The antique furnishings and magnificent rooms preserved in their original elegance are a remarkable sight.
No, you won’t see a lot of waterfowl, but you will see a lot of amazing Austin sites including the largest capitol building in the U.S., historic buildings and locations throughout the city, and a tour of Lake Austin. The most amazing part is that you stay in the same vehicle for the whole tour! The Duck is the only vehicle that can travel both on land and in water! And you’ll even get your very own duck-billed duck call to remember your trip by!
Recognized as a foodie Mecca, Austin boasts a broad variety of choices in terms of food type, restaurant setting, and atmosphere. To get a sampling of all of these, check out the Austin Eats Food Tours! They offer a variety of tour options including Brunch/Barbeque/Brewery, Best of Austin Food Trucks, and the East Austin Happy Hour Walking Food Tour.
For fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Market at the Silos is a can’t miss opportunity. Located about 90 minutes from Austin in Waco, TX, the Magnolia Market features Chip and Johanna’s shops along with food trucks, Joanna’s Garden, and a huge lawn to play games on or simply stretch out and enjoy the day. And be sure you don’t miss Silos Baking Co. that includes Johanna’s personal recipes and hand-picked favorites, like the Nuts & Bolts cupcake or the Prize Pig bacon and cheddar biscuit.