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How to Spend 3 Days in Austin

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How to Spend 3 Days in Austin
Whether for a long weekend or midweek getaway, three days in Austin allows enough time to experience the town’s funky culture, enjoy its plentiful green spaces, hear its live music, taste its food, and get out into the Texas Hill Country to enjoy the countryside. Here’s how to spend three days in Austin.

Day 1: Essential Austin
Immerse yourself in all things Austin with an exploration of the city’s quirky culture. Options abound, from bike or Segway tours of downtown and the Texas State Capitol to hop-on hop-off bus tours or a walk around Lady Bird Lake. Don’t miss some of the capital’s most iconic neighborhoods, like South Lamar and South Congress.

In the evening, gear up for a night out on the town. Austin is world famous for its live music, but you’ll also find top-notch comedy, performing arts, nightclubs, and cocktail lounges. Sign up for a bar crawl through nightlife hot spots like Sixth Street and Rainey Street.

Day 2: Bike, Brew, Paddle
Austin seems made for active travelers, so use your second day to take advantage of the city’s many offerings. Go mountain biking along Barton Creek, take a kayaking tour of Lady Bird Lake, get behind the wheel of a race car on a professional track, or experience the rush of indoor skydiving. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always try one of Austin’s many escape rooms.

In the afternoon, reward your active efforts with a culinary exploration of the Texas capital. Visit some of the city’s top craft-beer bars and breweries, or take a food tour to sample the best barbecue, Tex-Mex, and sweet treats Austin has to offer.

Day 3: Texas Hill Country
Austin lies in the heart of Texas Hill Country, and three days gives you plenty of time for a day trip to explore beyond the capital. In the summer, enjoy the local pastime of tubing down the San Marcos River alongside a floating cooler. Alternatively, make the short drive to Dripping Springs to visit olive orchards and an Italian-style mill, or do some wine tasting at the wineries of Driftwood or Marble Falls.

Lake Travis, located just a short drive from downtown, is a popular destination for sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the sunny shores.
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The Brunch Bus: Austin Food Tour with Live Band On Board

The Brunch Bus: Austin Food Tour with Live Band On Board

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Get a taste of Austin on a brunch tour to three local establishments. Traveling on a fun with live music performed by local musicians, travel to each location for your included breakfast tasting and beverage. Bring your appetite and expect to sample local specialties like breakfast tacos, Czech kolaches, and chicken and waffles.
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  • 3 hours
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Texas Hill Country Wine Tour by Limousine

Texas Hill Country Wine Tour by Limousine

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Retreat from the city for a day of wine tasting in Texas Hill Country. After meeting at a designated location, hop into a luxury limousine and visit three wineries just outside Austin, sampling several wines at each. The tour also stops for lunch at the renowned Salt Lick restaurant in Driftwood - cost of lunch not included.
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  • 4 to 6 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

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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  • 2 hours
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Secret Food Tour of Downtown Austin w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of Downtown Austin w/ Private Tour Option

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On Austin: Secret Food Tour, you'll try wonderful foods created for our city. We'll navigate you past the tourist traps and into the best restaurants to make your city visit truly memorable. We have a great history and are known for our weird sense of the world, as well as our amazing thriving music scene, cultural landmarks, and incredible food. With dishes dating back to our Aztec days, we're steeped in history. As you taste, you'll learn how the Aztecs, as well as our immigrants, have shaped the flavors of this modern metropolis.
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  • 3 hours
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Haunted Austin Walking History Tour

Haunted Austin Walking History Tour

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Hear the historical tales of murder and mayhem that helped make Austin weird on this haunted history tour of Texas's capital city. Join an acclaimed storyteller and a small group for a walking tour through Austin's supernatural nooks and creepy crannies, including a tour of the famous Driskill Hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Weird Austin City Tour

Weird Austin City Tour

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How did Austin get its “weird” reputation? Why is Willie Nelson worshipped like a god king? What’s the deal with all the bats? Why are locals getting into bar fights over the best breakfast taco? Find out all these answers and more…even if some of it may shock you…on our Weird Austin City Tour. Here at Twisted Texas we trolled the archives, pestered locals, and maybe even did a little dumpster diving to know all the weird and wild tales of Austin. And now we want to share them with you. Your Twisted guide will show you the best of everything Austin has to offer: live music, food trucks, weird people, and oh so much more. As an added bonus, we have a local musician riding shotgun to strum up some singalong classics and a few original tunes. We make three badass stops along the way, with chances to sample local foods, have a sweet treat (on us!), buy local craft beers, and snap cool photos of local street art and the downtown skyline. All riders gotta be 13+, no babies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From Austin

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Experience Texas Hill Country while exploring the life of U.S. President and Texas native son Lyndon Johnson. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit Johnson’s “Texas White House,” his reconstructed boyhood home (now a national park), and the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Learn about the cowboys and German immigrants who shaped the region, stop by historic Fredericksburg, and visit the legendary country music town of Luckenbach.
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  • 8 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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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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Best of Texas Hill Country Wine, Beer & BBQ Tour from Austin

Best of Texas Hill Country Wine, Beer & BBQ Tour from Austin

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Beer, barbecue, and beautiful scenery combine to create a near-perfect Texas Hill Country experience on this half-day outing from Austin. You can escape the city into the rolling hills to start your adventure, where you're whisked to a family winery, stop at a brewery, and break for a meal at a famous barbecue eatery where you can sample some of the famous local cuisine, at your own expense.
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  • 5 hours
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Austin Biker Gang E-Bike Adventure

Austin Biker Gang E-Bike Adventure

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Cruise around Austin in style on a fat-tire electric minibike. These easy-to-ride bikes sit two people and travel at a top speed of 20mph. Follow your guide around the city streets passing by popular landmarks in downtown Austin including the State Capitol and the colorful murals on 6th Street. A great way to explore Austin, especially for first-time visitors.
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  • 2 hours
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Austin Art Walk

Austin Art Walk

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Just Named One of the top 25 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World! We will show you why this district earned such a prestigious award. If you enjoy street art and graffiti or know nothing about it, you will LOVE this highly rated tour. Discover parts of East Austin that never made it into a guidebook on the ever-changing street art scene. Whether you're looking for great photo ops, art history, or the inside scoop on local living in Austin, this street art tour will touch on all of these subjects. Together, we'll explore one of Austin's largest concentrations of public art. Reviews of this well curated tour focus on the tour guide's knowledge and passion of the artists and their artwork. By the end of the walk, we guarantee you'll know more about Austin's public art than most local residents, and you'll never look at murals, street art, or graffiti the same way again
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Austin Electric Minibike Adventure Tour

Austin Electric Minibike Adventure Tour

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Your adventure begins with a safety check on your electric mini-bike. Your tour guide will make sure everyone is comfortable with their electric mini-bike. Wide tires make them super easy to ride. We practice riding as a group for safety. South Congress is Austin's most prominent street. From where we begin, all of Austin can be seen. We will ride toward the first photo opportunity - The "Willie for President" Mural next to Home Slice Pizza. Next up is the "i love you so much" mural, across from the Continental Club. The tour will meander off city streets when possible, going places cars can't go. We realize that capturing great photos to share from a vacation is important. Adventurers who choose this tour will discover interesting destinations in Austin, and will have many opportunities for epic photos to capture and take home. We bring professional photography gear to help with lighting. Your tour guide will share a gallery of photos for every Austin Electric Adventure Tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Austin Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Austin Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

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Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane during an indoor skydiving session at iFLY Austin. Learn how to safely float in a vertical wind tunnel with wind speeds of up to 175 mph (282 kph). Your activity includes skydiving gear and two flights. Plus, receive one-on-one guidance from an accredited flight instructor and take home a personalized flight certificate.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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The Brew Bus: Austin Brewery Tour with Live Band

The Brew Bus: Austin Brewery Tour with Live Band

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Sample Austin brews and enjoy live music from local artists with this stress-free package. Traveling aboard a comfortable bus with a band, make two stops at three local breweries in the city. At each location, sample the included tastings, learn about the differences in varieties and how each brew is produced.
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  • 3 hours
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Austin Mural Tour

Austin Mural Tour

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Explore Austin’s street art scene on this tour that takes you to several of the city’s most popular works of art. Some of the murals on the tour include: You’re My Butter Half, the Historic 6th Street Mural, Greetings From Austin, I Love You So Much and Hi, How Are You. You’ll also have free time to shop at the Austin Visitor Center.
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

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Make the most of your afternoon! Take a Segway tour of beautiful North Austin. Start with a professional and knowledgeable guide giving you a personal orientation to make sure you feel safe and comfortable on a Segway. Then, get a guided tour of the history and culture that makes Austin unique and memorable!
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  • 2 hours
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Lake Austin Boat Cruise

Lake Austin Boat Cruise

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Come experience the beauty of Lake Austin on a public, partially guided boat tour! Located in the heart of the City and just minutes from Downtown, Lake Austin offers 22 miles of great sightseeing views, including privately-owned waterfront and cliffside homes & communities, popular shoreside restaurants featuring local flavors and many public parks. Unique to Lake Austin is its clear, constant-level water and intimate setting, making for the most beautiful scenery for pictures. You may even catch sight of Austin's own professional wake surfing phenoms Ashley Kidd and Raleigh Hager!
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  • 2 hours
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Austin Small Group Morning Walk

Austin Small Group Morning Walk

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Get to know Austin on a leisurely morning walk with a nationally acclaimed storyteller as your guide. Learn little-known stories about the city, get inside tips on the best coffee shops, restaurants, and live music venues, and explore the city like a local. This tour helps you avoid tourist traps to make the most of your visit to Austin. Great for kids and adults alike, learn about the city in a fun, low-key way.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Live Music Capital of the World Pedicab Tour

Live Music Capital of the World Pedicab Tour

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Relax in an open air pedicab as our knowledgable tour guide rides you around to all the venues and sites that gave this city the title - Live Music Capital of the World. Stops include Willie Nelson Statue, Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, Antones- Home of the Blues, Armadillo World Headquarters, Janis Joplin Mural and many more. The pedicab is equipped with a stereo to play music from local legends. This is a private tour and can be customized to your group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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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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Keep Austin Weird Scavenger Hunt

Keep Austin Weird Scavenger Hunt

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Get ready to conquer Austin, completing wacky missions all over town while learning about this unique city's best kept secrets, quirks, conversation pieces, local secrets, points of interest, fun facts, history, art, culture and more! Expect belly laughs, priceless memories, and hilarious stories with the photos to prove it! The only way to explore a new city is this truly rich experience that throws you into the middle of the scene. Great for curious locals as well! A terrific team-building experience for groups of all kinds and sizes. Or let our adventure architect team customize an unforgettable adventure just for you!
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