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Your ultimate guide to tours of Austin

Explore the Capital City through its history, food, drink, and art on these tours.

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When in doubt, take a trip to the Austin Visitor Center — it also happens to be the location for many tour pick-ups.

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Whether you’re a lifelong Austinite longing to embrace your inner tourist, or you have a limited amount of time in Bat City, here are 15 tours guaranteed to show you the sights you want to see.

Note: Price estimates are based on individual adult rates available at the time of publishing. Check each company’s website to see current pricing.

Art is all around

Arts & Architecture Tour | $61.19 per person
The newest tour from AO Tours offers a two-and-a-half-hour jaunt around ATX’s most beautiful buildings, including stops inside the Austin Central Library, Neill-Cochran House, and Elisabet Ney Museum. Browse other AO Tours.

The view of the Tau Ceti mural as seen from the tour bus.

Take in local murals and architecture from the panoramic views of the AO Tours bus.

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Art & Parks Tour | Free
Hop on a bike or use your own two feet to explore this self-guided tour of Austin’s most beautiful and storied murals, which depict local musicians and communities.

Austin Murals & Mimosas | $545 per bus, which seats 20 guests
Spend two and a half hours stopping at the city’s best murals and getting photos in front of each of them on this BYOB tour, which includes a stop at Freddo ATX.

ACL Live Studio Tour | $12 per person
Explore one of the top venues making Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World” on this tour with behind-the-scenes access.

A sticker that says "Art & Parks Tour"

Check out downtown murals, plus the site of this soon-to-be mural on the city’s Art & Parks tour.

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All in on history

Driskill History Tour | $10 per person, or free for guests
Spot secret history easter eggs — like a leftover bullet hole from a 1900s duel or mirrors that once belonged to Mexican empress Carlota Maximilian — inside one of Austin’s oldest and most well-known institutions.

Texas State Capitol Tours | Free
Join in on a free guided tour of the Lone Star State’s Capitol or take yourself on a self-guided tour of the building and its grounds. Don’t miss the newly completed Texas Mall.

Historic Downtown Austin and Capitol Segway Tour | $69 per person
Zip around Austin on a segway to see sights ranging from the Capitol campus and Paramount Theatre to 6th Street, Auditorium Shores, and the Seaholm District.

The driskill lobby, as seen from the stairs

The Driskill

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Get Ghosted

Haunted Austin Walking History Tour | $28 per person
Just because it’s not yet spooky season doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a ghost story now and then. Hear the city’s most haunted history on this tour through Downtown.

Murder Walk Austin | $40 per person
This nightly true crime tour covers two miles of historic Austin, with stops on West 6th Street, the Warehouse District, and Guy Town.

Eat and drink

Secret Food Tour: Austin | $79 per person
This three-and-a-half-hour tour includes stops at some of the best local restaurants. Get ready to indulge in barbecue, breakfast tacos, sweet treats, and beverages.

Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle | $60 per person
Get out of the city and explore some Hill Country eats and drinks in one of the fastest-growing wine and barbecue regions in the US.

The Brunch Bus | $109 per person
This three-hour bus tour includes a live band on the bus, food and an adult beverage at each stop, plus games and prizes.

On the water

Bat Bridge Kayak Tour | $59 per person | Best in summer
See the world’s largest urban bat colony emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge from the best vantage point: Lady Bird Lake. This tour includes education on how bats benefit Austin’s local ecosystem.

Friday Night Moonlight Cruise | $13 per person
This one-hour scenic cruise takes you past the Austin skyline at nighttime on a Lone Star Riverboat.

Austin Duck Adventures | $39.50 per person
Little ones will love driving from land into water on this amphibious, coast guard-inspected Hydra Terra vehicle. The 75-minute tour includes 6th Street, the Governor’s Mansion, and Lake Austin views.

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