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How to Spend 1 Day in Austin

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How to Spend 1 Day in Austin
The Live Music Capital of the World and a hub for food, culture, and creativity, Austin ranks among the fastest growing cities in the US. With loads of entertainment, outdoor attractions, and quirky neighborhoods, the Texas capital has a lot to offer. Here’s how to make the most of your time if you only have one day in Austin.

Morning: City Sightseeing
Austin’s compact downtown area is an excellent place to get out and do some sightseeing to kick off your short visit. Step on a Segway and zip past the Texas State Capitol, historic Driskill Hotel, and hip South Congress Avenue, or hop on a bike to peddle through downtown, across the Congress Avenue Bridge, and to Zilker Park. Alternatively, the hop-on hop-off bus lets you explore the city at your own pace, with stops at the Texas State Capitol, Museum of the Weird, South Congress District, and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum.

Afternoon: Austin Outdoors
Austinites love their outdoor activities, many of which are accessible to visitors as well. Spend a sunny afternoon cycling along Walnut Creek, swimming in the cool waters of Barton Springs, touring the murals and street art of the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, or kayaking on the waters of Lady Bird Lake. For something a little different, head to Zilker Park, Congress Avenue, or the Texas State Capitol downtown for a digital scavenger hunt.

Night: Live Music
Before diving into Austin’s nightlife, head to the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch North America’s largest urban bat colony take flight. No visit to Austin would be complete without seeing some live music. After the sun sets, join a local musician for a live music crawl to a mixture of iconic clubs and up-and-coming venues while learning about the history of Austin’s storied music scene.
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Best of Austin Small-Group Guided TourBus Tours

Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Austin on this sightseeing tour. See famous landmarks along with hidden gems, real neighborhoods, and food trucks. Learn about Austin's history and culture with commentary from your guide and hear fun facts about the city that even the locals don't know. Plus, choose a morning or afternoon departure to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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Austin Live Music CrawlHalf-day Tours

Austin Live Music Crawl

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Experience Austin's live music scene on a tour led by a guide who is also a local musician. Visit as many as three iconic clubs and up-and-coming venues and enjoy hearing live music with a group of fun fellow travelers. Don't get caught listening to cover bands, listen to authentic music in one of the world's music capitals.
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Austin in a Nutshell Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour

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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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Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour in AustinMountain Bike Tours

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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Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in AustinCultural Tours

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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Walnut Creek Bike Tour in AustinMountain Bike Tours

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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Southside Springs & Brews Bike Tour Mountain Bike Tours

Southside Springs & Brews Bike Tour

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Spend a leisurely day exploring Austin the locals’ way, with bikes, brews, swimming and BBQ, during this 4-hour cycle trip through the city’s south side. Pedal a relaxed total of 11 miles during your trip, stopping by the city’s famous spring-fed Barton Spring Pool for a dip before continuing to a local spot for craft beer and tasty Texas-style BBQ. After lunch you’ll cycle back towards downtown along the promenade, where more brews and an outdoor patio await. A guide and all bike equipment are included.
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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in AustinCity Tours

Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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Watch more than a million bats fly out of the Congress Avenue Bridge on an evening kayak tour of Austin that’s timed to catch the spectacular natural show. Observing the Congress Avenue Bridge bats from a kayak means you don’t have to find a spot among the crowds on the riverbank, giving you a front-row seat as the Mexican free-tailed bats take to the sky.
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