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Best of Austin Small Group Guided Tour
"This intimate small group tour is the only tour in town where you get out of the van several times for a guided tour. This differs from a Double Decker tour where you are dropped off. This tour allows you to pop into the most important places for just a stop at our famous graffiti park take a photo in front of the Austin postcard and enjoy a sweet treat at the food trucks!You'll learn about art music culture food
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Heart of Austin Bicycle Tour
"The two hour tour starts at 9:00am and it is recommended that guests arrive 15 minutes early for an orientation before hitting the road. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes for biking and it is suggested to bring a bottle of wate stopping to talk about it's long storied history and it's connection to the formation of Texas. On the way to the University you'll stop at one of the last remaining moon towers that lit up the night in the late 1800's and that was made famous in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Upon arrival on campus you will visit the Tower made famous by the Charles Whitman mass shooting before heading to see the Santa Rita oil well and talk about how oil played a roll in the university's history. The tour will then head to Sholtz's beer garden where you will learn you will coast through the State Capital grounds stopping to talk about Texas' inception and Austin's role in it.You'll have the best seat in the house to experience Austin from a perspective that you just can't get any other way. Your informative local guide will not only teach you about the h
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Heart of Austin Bicycle Tour
"The two hour tour starts at 9:00am and it is recommended that guests arrive 15 minutes early for an orientation before hitting the road. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes for biking and it is suggested to bring a bottle of wate stopping to talk about it's long storied history and it's connection to the formation of Texas. On the way to the University you'll stop at one of the last remaining moon towers that lit up the night in the late 1800's and that was made famous in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Upon arrival on campus you will visit the Tower made famous by the Charles Whitman mass shooting before heading to see the Santa Rita oil well and talk about how oil played a roll in the university's history. The tour will then head to Sholtz's beer garden where you will learn you will coast through the State Capital grounds stopping to talk about Texas' inception and Austin's role in it.You'll have the best seat in the house to experience Austin from a perspective that you just can't get any other way. Your informative local guide will not only teach you about the h
From $49.00

Lakes & Water Tips (16)

Great place for kayaking!!

Just about 10 miles south of Austin you'll find the beautiful crystal clear river in San Marcos "Rio Vista Falls" Because it is spring fed it has a constant year round water temperature of about 76...
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TXWildflower
Mar 04, 2010

2 for 1 Canoes on the river!

During off-peak times, you can rent two for one canoes to sail around the Barton Springs swimming area!Simply go to the website, download the online coupon, and set sail! A great thing to do for an...
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ATXtraveler
Jun 30, 2008

Reimers Ranch....outdoor fun!

For a real nature experience...you gotta check out Milton Reimer's Ranch, now a Travis County Park. This is an off the beaten path tip and you have to be willing to drive about 1 hour from Austin and...
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butterfly_girl
Mar 17, 2008

Bats under the Bridge

Bats under the Congress Bridge Austin's Town Lake, Austin, Texas http://www.austincityguide.com/content/congress-bridge-bats-austin.aspHome of the famous and largest bat colony bridge located in the...
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leafmcgowan
May 16, 2007

Skyline and TownLake

If you are headed to Austin, you need to now that Austin lies on the bank of the Lower Colorado River, which also contains a chain of 7 lakes. There are three lakes of significant importance, Travis,...
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ATXtraveler
Feb 28, 2005

Lake Travis

Lake Travis is Worth the drive over, but you'll need to rent a car if you're staying in the downtown Austin area. Great live misic and over 40 decks overlook the lake. The houses nearby almost look...
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stappm
Nov 18, 2004

Waterfall in Texas?

Hamilton Pools! This is the place to enjoy a nice waterfall out in seclusion. It's a great day getaway. Tip: Call in advance to make sure the area is not closed due to heavy rains from the days before...
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StrayKat
Aug 13, 2004

Canoe the Lake

If you have the time and it's NOT raining (which usually happens when it comes to me and water), go to Zilker park and rent a canoe. Especially during the hot summers here, it's a great and unique...
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ShinerBlonde
Jun 28, 2004

Enjoy the hill country

The hill country, I think, is one of the nicest places in Texas. Lucky for me I live in it! Here you can find beautiful mansions, golf courses, lake restaurants, many yachts on the lake, and lots...
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yelli
Jun 09, 2004

Lake Travis

This lake has indeed been created by the Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River. This is now a major tourist attraction for boating, skiing, fishing, scuba diving, swimming, windsurfing,… No wonder it is...
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Djinn76
Dec 02, 2003

Schlitterbahn

The Schlitterbahn (German for 'slippery road') is a waterpark in the town of New Braunfels, about a 45 minute drive south of Austin. There are plenty of hot summer days in Austin from May through...
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achoo59
Aug 31, 2003

Swimming holes

There are many great places in the Barton Creek Greenbelt to hang out, people watch, or go for a swim on the hot sunny days in central Texas. If you go down near Mopac and 360 you can find an entrance...
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contadina
Jun 30, 2003
 
 
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Things to Do Near Austin

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Austin Visitor Center

A good place to stop first is the Austin/State Capitol Visitors Center located in the state capitol complex. I parked my car and decided to walk around downtown Austin and the parking area was right...
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The Driskill

The Driskill Hotel is Austin's most famous and classiest hotel. If you're like me you probably can't afford to stay there but that shouldn't stop you from going in to have a look at the beautiful...
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The Paramount Theatre

This theater was completed in 1915 using a design by Chicago architects, Eberson, Fugard and Knapp and was originally called the "Majestic". It was remodeled and renamed the "Paramount" in the 1930s....
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O. Henry Museum

William Sydney Porter was born in Greensboro, N.C. in 1862. He moved to a ranch near Cotulla, Texas in 1882 and to Austin, Texas in 1884. Porter was a pharmacist, a draftsman, a bank teller, and a...
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Texas Capitol & Capitol Building

There are several other monuments and memorials located on Capitol Square. Some of them include a nice monument dedicated to Tejanos (Texans of Mexican Descent) and their contributions to the culture...
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French Legation Museum

I was a little surprised to hear about a French connection in Austin so I decided to stop by the French Legation Museum. Turns out that French connection wasn't such a great one since it was the home...
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