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Lady Bird Lake Tours

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Lady Bird Lake
The 416-acre (169-hectare) Lady Bird Lake, at the northeastern end of Zilker Metropolitan Park, anchors a host of outdoor recreational opportunities in downtown Austin. Locals and visitors alike hike, bike, and walk it, as well as birdwatch, canoe, paddleboard, and fish for carp, largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish in and around this man-made reservoir once known as Town Lake.

The Basics
Lady Bird Lake, along with Zilker Park, form a relaxing oasis in downtown Austin, allowing views of the skyline from a bench or something more adventurous, like a canoe or paddleboard floating on the water. There are several hiking and biking trails that zigzag through the park and two pedestrian-only bridges. Bike and kayak tours help you explore the sizeable Lady Bird Lake with assistance from a guide.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Maximize your fun by booking a tour to help you navigate the miles of trails and make the most of your time on the lake.
  • Rental equipment, from bikes to boats and paddleboards are available through tour outfitters.
  • It is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake (and has been since 1964) due to dangerous debris from bridges and dams.
  • Motorized boats are prohibited in the lake.
  • Bring sunscreen, and be sure to stay hydrated while on the water.

How to Get There
Lady Bird Lake runs between Riverside Drive and 1st Street in downtown Austin. You can find parking at Zilker Park, or look for street parking along South Lakeshore Boulevard between Pleasant Valley Road and Riverside. If you want to explore the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, park at Festival Beach across the river.

When to Get There
If you want to get out on Lady Bird Lake and explore, the best time to visit is March through September, when the warmer weather makes for a relaxing day on the water. You can see the famous Congress Avenue Bridge bats from Lady Bird Lake in spring and late summer. Late June through early August is considered peak season.  

Austin Duck Derby
An annual rubber duck derby takes place on a Saturday in August in Austin, when a huge loader deposits 20,000 yellow rubber ducks into Lady Bird Lake from the Congress Avenue Bridge. The event draws large crowds to the pedestrian walkways, bridges, and on boats in the water to watch the ducks bob around, making their way to the finish line.
Address: Austin, Texas, USA
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Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin

Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in Austin

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Experience the urban and the outdoors in Austin during this 2-hour bike tour including Lady Bird Lake and some of the city’s best parks. Cycle along the shady, traffic-free trail that circles the lake, soaking up the fresh air and great views. Then continue your ride into Austin’s downtown, where you’ll head to Auditorium Shores, Barton Springs and Zilker Park to learn about the city’s green spaces and fascinating history. A guide and all necessary biking equipment are included.
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  • 2 hours
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Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

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...If you don’t see availability-call or message for current availability... This whistle-stop style tour is "The best way to see the city". It's Austin in a nutshell. It's the most comprehensive overview tour of Austin’s rich culture and history, with a little bit of that famous Central Texas Hill Country as well. The tour covers 30 miles, 50+ points of interest, in 90 minutes. We give you the big picture, while still leaving you with plenty of time to go back on your own to explore the places that interests you most. Gratuities are not included in ticket price, but we encourage tipping your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide

Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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Make your own way to the bike shop at Zilker Park to meet your guide arriving 15 minutes before tour time. Get outfitted with your bike and helmet, then set out with your guide to see the best of Austin. Pedal along the hike-and-bike trail that runs through Zilker Park and around Lady Bird Lake. Turn north to check out the Italian Renaissance Revival of the Texas State Capitol building. Learn about the city's history as you roll through downtown. Head down Congress Avenue and over the Congress Avenue Bridge, where 1.5 million bats take shelter between the months of March to November. Continue to South Congress, Rainey Street, and the boardwalk trail. Get great photo opportunities throughout the bike tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Austin Famous Ghost and Bat Segway Tour

Austin Famous Ghost and Bat Segway Tour

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Discover another side of Austin on a 2.5-hour Segway tour that features bats and ghosts. Offered from March to October, this nighttime ride through downtown Austin visits haunted hotels and buildings, famous landmarks, and the world’s largest urban bat colony. See the Texas State Capitol Building, Lady Bird Lake, Austin Convention Center, the 6th Street Entertainment district, Moonlight Towers, and more
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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E-Scooter Tour of Austin

E-Scooter Tour of Austin

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Ride an electric scooter through the streets of Austin on this 1.5-hour tour. You'll be able to cover much more ground than you would on foot, while enjoying the fun and fresh air of riding a scooter. Leave the navigation to your guide and just take in the sights, which include the city's historic landmarks, green parks, and Lady Bird Lake for cityscape views.
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Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin

Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin

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Go sightseeing in Austin by Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that allows you to cover more ground than other types of tours. Get an overview of downtown Austin and capture numerous photo ops as you pass by the Texas State Capitol Building, Congress Avenue, Warehouse Entertainment District, Lady Bird Lake, the historic Driskill Hotel, and other landmarks.
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Downtown Austin Historic Segway Tour

Downtown Austin Historic Segway Tour

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Explore historic downtown Austin on an informative and fun 2-hour Segway tour. See many of Austin’s historic landmarks including the Texas State Capitol building, the Driskill Hotel, and the Austin Convention Center, and roll along the 6th Street music district, the Texas Walk of Fame, and Congress Avenue, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Walnut Creek Bike Tour in Austin

Walnut Creek Bike Tour in Austin

Experience two sides to Austin, covering both its urban downtown and its beautiful green spaces, during this 4-hour cycling trip. Cycle along shady paths, winding creeks and traffic-free trails during your trip, starting at Lady Bird Lake before continuing to Longhorn Dam and on to Govalle Park. Over the course of this laid-back ride, you’ll pedal around 20 miles in total, with plenty of breaks for sightseeing. A guide and all necessary equipment are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Lady Bird Lake Kayak Tour in Austin

Small-Group Lady Bird Lake Kayak Tour in Austin

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Spot Texas plants and wildlife within Austin city limits on an easy-going kayak tour of Lady Bird Lake. Paddle alongside a guide as you watch for snapping turtles and some of the many bird species that flock to the sheltered reservoir in the Colorado River. The outing begins with a short kayak lesson and all equipment is provided, making this tour a good fit for both beginning and experienced kayakers.
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Authentic Austin and Astounding Hill Country Panoramic Tour with stops

Authentic Austin and Astounding Hill Country Panoramic Tour with stops

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...If you don’t see availability-call or message for current availability... Everything you want to see and know about Austin. Covers all the iconic Austin spots and stops! The Authentic Austin & Hill Country Tour is our signature Austin sightseeing tour, but turned up a notch! Join us to discover local Austin hangouts, hip and historic neighborhoods, and the gem that is the surrounding Central Texas Hill Country. Our custom outfitted glass top, convertible, Mercedes tour buses will keep you comfortable, our expert guides will keep you entertained, and you'll get to explore the best of Austin. Gratuities are not included in ticket price, but we encourage tipping your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Bike Tour in Austin

Small-Group Bike Tour in Austin

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Lady Bird Lake is a popular nature escape in the heart of downtown Austin, complete with scenic footbridges, lakeside parks, and skyline views. Ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts, this cycling tour allows you to escape city traffic and cruise around the Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail, which spans 10 miles (16 kilometers) and loops around the lake’s shoreline.
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Austin E-Bike Tour

Austin E-Bike Tour

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Our tours are experiences - See the heart of Austin on some of the finest urban bike trails in the country! Stop at some of Austin’s most famous landmarks: Barton Springs, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, the Congress Avenue “Bat Bridge,” and more! You’ll experience the real Austin like you never could on a driving tour! You are never lost with a local.
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Austin Historic Downtown 5K

Austin Historic Downtown 5K

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See popular landmarks as you exercise on this guided running tour around downtown Austin. Run at a casual, accommodating pace through the streets of the city passing by Lady Bird Lake, the capitol building, the Governor’s Mansion, Congress, Ave, the Bat Bridge, and more. There are multiple guides on the tour, so it’s easy to go at your own pace or walk.
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Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin

Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin

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Explore a different side of Austin’s legendary nightlife during this 2.5-hour bike trip to observe the city’s bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge. These nightlife-loving denizens may never step foot inside a music club, but they sure know how to put on a show! Cycle first around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, arriving at the bridge just in time to watch the more than 1.5 million bat residents as they take flight for their evening feeding. A guide and all bike equipment is included.
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Austin Nights & Lights

Austin Nights & Lights

Check out all four corners of Austin's downtown corridor on this evening Segway tour that's perfect for travelers that want to see the city, but avoid the tourist hotspots. Visit a scenic overlook at Dough Sam Hill, enjoy views of the skyline, and cruise over tranquil Lady Bird Lake. Ride on Congress Avenue and along Rainey Street—which are packed with great places to eat—and enjoy a few stops to snap photographs.
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Check Out Austin: Capitol Bike Tour

Check Out Austin: Capitol Bike Tour

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Explore the Texan capital’s historic highlights, outdoor attractions and unique character on a 2-hour bike tour of Austin. Cycle along easy paths with a friendly local guide, passing downtown landmarks like the Texas capitol building, Barton Springs, and the Congress Ave. Bridge. Peddle around scenic Lady Bird Lake and on the bike-friendly Butler trail for a great introduction to this vibrant city.
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24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Line Pass in Austin

24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Line Pass in Austin

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Austin aboard our luxurious double-decker buses. Learn all about Austin’s rich history as we guide you through some of the most sought-after locations the city has to offer. With the availability to hop-on and hop-off you can take your time and explore the various districts of the city at your leisure. Not sure what you are looking at? Rest assured when you hop on that our on-board guides will provide commentary along the way, then feel free to hop off to explore even further. Our goal is to provide an extremely comfortable experience while offering a day or two of memories, culture, education and fun.
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48-Hour Austin Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Line City Tour

48-Hour Austin Hop-On Hop-Off Blue Line City Tour

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Austin aboard our luxurious double-decker buses. Learn all about Austin’s rich history as we guide you through some of the most sought-after locations the city has to offer. With the availability to hop-on and hop-off you can take your time and explore the various districts of the city at your leisure. Not sure what you are looking at? Rest assured when you hop on that our on-board guides will provide commentary along the way, then feel free to hop off to explore even further. Our goal is to provide an extremely comfortable experience while offering a day or two of memories, culture, education and fun.
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Panoramic Mini Bus Tour of Austin

Panoramic Mini Bus Tour of Austin

Take Austin’s only panoramic bus tour! Our 90 minute 360° Panoramic tour with stops is perfect for exploring more of the city limits of Austin. We will be taking in major sights, having a few chances to hop off the van and explore beautiful views and historic sites, as well as take in some iconic murals along the way. This tour is good for those who want to get all the details and all the views. You will have time in the vehicle and on foot to see the city. It’s great if you want to explore every side of Austin, be it history, murals, the river that cuts our city in half, and the growing downtown scene. You will see every side of Austin, from the towering architecture of downtown, the humble yet active expanse of the south side, the quaint and historical east, and the perpetually awe-inspiring capitol and campus. Along our route, we will be taking in many of those murals that Austin is famous for. *Subject to change due to events or closures
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