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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 Ghosts

2. Austin Ghosts

On this ghost tour you will visit haunted locations such as The Omni Hotel, the William Sidney Porter House, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops.  Austin has a unique way of encouraging eccentric behavior with its infamous element of the weird. The history of the capital of Texas offers shocking stories of forbidden lovers, heartbreaking suicides, brutal murders, and freak accidents.  Some of the ghosts you may encounter on this historic ghost tour are playful and harmless, but others are quite wicked and have committed some horrific crimes in their lifetimes. Stroll through hotspots in the "City of Bats" on this ghost tour and explore the dark side of the city's charming downtown streets. You’ll not only visit the most haunted places in town, but also discover the history that lives on in each building.  Keep your cameras ready because some pretty spooky footage has been captured on some of these expeditions. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the suicide brides roaming around the Driskill, or witness the legendary "Man with the Cigar" who thoughtfully paces around the Paramount Theatre.  Loads of tall tales will skim the surface of Austin’s history, but you will also hear true stories that have been thoroughly fact-checked and researched.

Austin: Shopping Walking Tour with Drinks and Discounts

3. Austin: Shopping Walking Tour with Drinks and Discounts

Get a group of friends together for this shop till you drop walking tour in Austin's South Congress shopping district. Indulge in cocktails and visit amazing local boutiques such as Limbo, Triple Z Threads, and Kendra Scott with exclusive discounts of 10-20% off.  Meet your guide at Trudy's Del Mar SoCo Cafe for delicious cocktails paired with some delicious chips, salsa, and guacamole. Walk your way through Austin's South Congress shopping district on a shopping adventure.  Hit up local boutiques such as Limbo, Triple Z Threads, Kendra Scott, Allen Boots, and Maufrais. Make your day out perfect with discounts that are large enough to cover the cost of the tour.  Finish your tour at Kendra Scott's flagship store where your group can indulge in a frozen rose toast. 

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4.7 / 5

based on 36 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