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Downtown Sunset Kayak with 1.5M Bats!
Welcome to Austin's #1 booked tour! I can say with confidence this is the best group on the water. March 24th, 2023 Update: The bats were super epic tonight. Cool planets lining up next week! Let's meet up for an epic night of kayaking. It's 4 incredible trips in one. 1st you paddle the length of downtown during the day, then we catch the sunset over the water. The bats are the main event and we end with downtown paddle at night! Add in a full moon or bright stars occasionally and this trip is one not to miss! If trip is sold out, ask if I can fit you in. Book through me because: I'm a traveler and Airbnb host as well so I know what you want out of the trip. On top of bat facts, i'll give you more freedom to kayak, make sure to take great photos of you on the tour, and make sure you meet other like minded travelers in the group who can share their tips or even join you for a night out afterwards. I've got good travel stories for days and lots of local insight to help you build out the best plan for the rest of your stay. Bad weather = full refund. You won't find a guide who tries harder to make sure you have the best night possible. You'll also be given high quality photos at the end of your trip! Need one more reason to book? My auto reply to your booking confirmation comes with my custom "Must do" in Austin link to help you plan the rest of your tri
Boozy Lazy Tipsy Tubing in Austin Area's Spring Water
Are you a single traveler looking to meet some friends while visiting Austin, or are you planning a fun and unique experience for your bachelor/bachelorette party or large group? Look no further! Join us at Cosmic Coffee and Biergarten (121 Pickle Road) where we will kick off the festivities and then take a short 25-minute drive to San Marcos, home of the crystal clear, spring-fed waters of the San Marcos River. Unlike the murky waters of the Colorado River in Austin, the San Marcos River is a refreshing oasis where you can enjoy a lazy tube ride down the river for 2.5-3.5 hours (depending on your preferred timeline). There will be plenty of time to soak up the sun, enjoy local wildlife, and, of course, have a little party on the water. BYOB, so bring along your favorite beers and seltzers (NO GLASS CONTAINERS, please!), and leave the rest up to us. We'll have a small cooler for everyone to share. Whether you're planning a bachelor/bachelorette party or team-building event, this is a great activity for all. Private bookings are available, just ask us for details! Don't miss out on the fun! If the trip is sold out, reach out to us to see if we can fit you in. And remember, you will get wet, so be sure you're comfortable swimming. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a desire to have a good time - we'll take care of the rest, including transportation.
Tour Austin's Best Street Art
We are excited to be outside and showing you around one of the top 25 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World! 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. Other things to note: If you want a tour outside of the times listed, we offer private tours that start at $350. This is a family-friendly tour and is for anyone who can meander at a walking pace! There are frequent stops and we end at a coffee shop. It is a linear tour and doesn't return to the start.
Bikes & Brews
Bike and Brew ATX strives to combine a passion for travel and a sentiment for a cold beer while still making sure that guests are well taken care of. Having been in and out of Austin since 2007, we proudly decided to plant our business flag in this great city in 2016. Our insured tours and well-kept bikes keep guests safe while introducing them to Austin with facts, stories and the best drinks the city has to offer. While seeing the sites, guests are also supporting local breweries and staff, something that Austinites hold dear. Flights from each brewery will give guests a diverse taste of the city’s pride and joy: it’s craft brew scene. Other things to note Must bring your identification! Please hydrate because Texas can be very hot. Sun-screen is recommended for those that easily burn. Food is available at different food trucks.
Bats & Skyscrapers on Segways, oh my
It's bat season y'all! That's right, one of Austin's most popular attractions from Mar - Oct is watching our Mexican free-tail bat population take flight each night. This Segway experience is the perfect activity for transitioning from day to night in Austin and we'll get as close as you want to view the bats as the finale. Segway training takes place before dark then we'll cruise to some key vantage points for watching the sun set on Austin's amazing skyscrapers. As the city comes to life, we will fill you with interesting facts and quirky details about why almost 27 million people visit Austin each year. Cruising down the 2nd St. shopping district is a highlight of this trip, making a visit to Willie Nelson's bronze, life-size statue. TIME PERMITTING: A stop can be made to go inside Austin's newly built Central Public Library: a state-of-the-art facility and a true testament to our city's creative & technological environment. Because the bats are in fact wild, live creatures, some elements of nature beyond my control can, from time to time, affect their flight. Some are heavy/recent rains, high winds, cold temps, too bright or too loud conditions due to construction or a nearby concert. This may cause less bats to take flight or they may come out later (outside of the experience window). These circumstances are rare, but must be understood.

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Downtown Sunset Kayak with 1.5M Bats!
Welcome to Austin's #1 booked tour! I can say with confidence this is the best group on the water. March 24th, 2023 Update: The bats were super epic tonight. Cool planets lining up next week! Let's meet up for an epic night of kayaking. It's 4 incredible trips in one. 1st you paddle the length of downtown during the day, then we catch the sunset over the water. The bats are the main event and we end with downtown paddle at night! Add in a full moon or bright stars occasionally and this trip is one not to miss! If trip is sold out, ask if I can fit you in. Book through me because: I'm a traveler and Airbnb host as well so I know what you want out of the trip. On top of bat facts, i'll give you more freedom to kayak, make sure to take great photos of you on the tour, and make sure you meet other like minded travelers in the group who can share their tips or even join you for a night out afterwards. I've got good travel stories for days and lots of local insight to help you build out the best plan for the rest of your stay. Bad weather = full refund. You won't find a guide who tries harder to make sure you have the best night possible. You'll also be given high quality photos at the end of your trip! Need one more reason to book? My auto reply to your booking confirmation comes with my custom "Must do" in Austin link to help you plan the rest of your tri
Austin Unlocked- A Speakeasy Tour
Go on a walking, cocktail tasting, tour of downtown Austin! We'll stop and talk about several hidden-face speakeasy style bars - some stashed inside parking garages, behind bookshelves, down alley ways, pass-code and password protected, and private clubs! We'll get you into three where we can order drinks! Meet downtown and we'll sit and chat for a few minutes at introducing ourselves and what it means to call a bar a speakeasy in Austin, TX. Then, we walk to the first bar. All the bars are located downtown within a few blocks of each other. We'll spend 30-45 minutes in each of three bars, having drinks, learning about the place, and appreciating the aesthetic. Throughout the night we will continue on past a total of seven hidden-face speakeasy style bars, stopping in some and just stopping to talk about others. The night ends once you get into the third and final bar and get your drinks ordered. We do not to include drinks to give you a lower price and more choice. We will have a group tab which can be paid for via cash, Apple Pay and Cash App. Prices vary by venue but $15-25 per drink (including a 20% tip) is a good ballpark.
-To The Bats and Back- Scenic Sunset Kayak Tour On Town Lake
¡Howdy Y’all! We proudly offer the most adventurous, comprehensive, and personalized kayak tour of Austin’s notorious Town Lake!!! Local Austinite Guided, our tours have the smallest group maximum on the lake which allows us to provide a more enriched and individualized tour experience; AS-WELL-AS: a once in a lifetime personalized picture package for each party!!! ~yes, the pictures are included in the price ;) As we journey to The Bat Bridge, we will soak up the Texas sunset and evening rays, behold the natural scenery and amazing wildlife of Lady Bird Lake (yes, it's both lakes ;), and admire the breathtaking view of the downtown skyline from a vantage point only the river can offer. Our tour intentionally has the latest launch time, which means we are not stagnantly waiting on the bats for extended periods of time (or even missing them due to daylight restriction). BUT ALSO!... the return voyage takes place in the dark, which allows for the unique opportunity to see the city skyline at night… aaaaaand staaarrrgaaazinggg! XD Come and see why we’re The Gals to Adventure On with!!! *Sidebar!* We provide a variety of beverages (for little AND Big Kids;), but of course you can totally BYOB!
Mezcal tasting & Tacos
The best 90 min that you will have in your day, drinking Mezcal is a sacred ritual!  Experience a cultural identity journey through your senses. Handpicked bottles of multi varietal & multi brand Mezcal + Vaquero Taquero's (best tacos in town) pairing. (Vegetarian options included) *1 Mezcal espadin + 1 taco . *2 Mezcales from wild agaves + 2 tacos. *1 ensamble or blend of agaves + 1 taco. *2 surprise Mezcales + surprise pairing. *Each tasting will have different Mezcales.
Morning Walk Austin
Wake up and walk the historic streets of downtown Austin with one of our "5 Star" rated tour guides! There is no doubt Austin is one of the greatest cities in the world! Now is your chance to learn all the history that made, and continues to make it such a hot spot. Stroll the forgotten streets of the Warehouse District and Guy Town. Then emerge onto world famous Congress Avenue experience then and now photographs of iconic stops along the way. Including, a stunning view of the state capitol, a walk through the unforgettable Driskill Hotel, two blocks of historic 6th Street, and much, much more.
Boozy Lazy Tipsy Tubing in Austin Area's Spring Water
Are you a single traveler looking to meet some friends while visiting Austin, or are you planning a fun and unique experience for your bachelor/bachelorette party or large group? Look no further! Join us at Cosmic Coffee and Biergarten (121 Pickle Road) where we will kick off the festivities and then take a short 25-minute drive to San Marcos, home of the crystal clear, spring-fed waters of the San Marcos River. Unlike the murky waters of the Colorado River in Austin, the San Marcos River is a refreshing oasis where you can enjoy a lazy tube ride down the river for 2.5-3.5 hours (depending on your preferred timeline). There will be plenty of time to soak up the sun, enjoy local wildlife, and, of course, have a little party on the water. BYOB, so bring along your favorite beers and seltzers (NO GLASS CONTAINERS, please!), and leave the rest up to us. We'll have a small cooler for everyone to share. Whether you're planning a bachelor/bachelorette party or team-building event, this is a great activity for all. Private bookings are available, just ask us for details! Don't miss out on the fun! If the trip is sold out, reach out to us to see if we can fit you in. And remember, you will get wet, so be sure you're comfortable swimming. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a desire to have a good time - we'll take care of the rest, including transportation.
Giant Paddleboard at Sunset w/ Bats!
This is the best way to experience the bats hands down. The journey on the 5-6 person giant paddle board starts with epic downtown views during the day, continues with the sunset, then observing the 1.5 million bats fly out and ends the night paddling back after dark in the city glow. March 24th, 2023 Update: The bats were super epic tonight. Cool planets lining up next week! Booking this tour for the sunset and bats puts you along side Austin's #1 experience "kayaking w/ the bats" only you're on a board! Its the same trip just a different vessel. I also host daytime paddles using the same boards so message me if you want to take a custom trip on the boards to a secret island or the springs Don't let the word "Paddleboard" fool you. This is 15 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. It is ultra stable. You will not get wet unless you choose to go for a swim. You can sit down, stand up, or even lay down. It's impossible to fall into the water on accident. It takes 2 people to paddle a giant board so single travelers may be asked to join another group. The mega paddle boards make for an excellent family or group option cause you get to stay together and share the experience. As a bonus, as soon as you book, my auto-reply welcome message has my personal guidebook to Austin that can help you plan the rest of your Austin vacation.! View my IG: @boatsandbats
Austin's Art and History Bike Tour
You'll visit the famous Treaty Oak and get the chance to learn about it's long and sometimes strange history as a location for war and peace parties with various Native American Tribes. You'll get a chance to see one of the few remaining active moon-towers; was Jack the Ripper really in Austin first? We will take a ride through the University of Texas Campus to see the iconic tower that Charles Whitman made famous in 1966 and learn about school's founding in 1883. You will also take a pedal down to the State Capital grounds to talk about the founding of Texas and the struggle that took place in naming Austin as the capital.
Taste of Austin Pedicab Food Tour
Enjoy an all-inclusive, 3 course progressive meal from the culinary gems of Austin as well as a scenic and historic tour (all in one!) with one of our amazing pedicab guides! We will meet at Flat Track - a coffee shop conjoined with CycleEast, a bike repair shop. We encourage you to come in early, have a cup of coffee and take a peek into Austin’s local bike scene. After introductions we’ll pedal you to our first locale - Tamale House, a 3rd generation family owned Mexican restaurant. There you’ll experience the nostalgia of Old Austin, eat authentic, handmade Migas (breakfast tacos) paired with a delicious margarita and hear about the Latin history of this neighborhood. Next, we’ll journey to La Barbeque! You’ll sample a juicy bbq plate and wash it down with a beer. After you get your brisket-fill you’ll get to relax on a scenic ride through the East Austin neighborhood, Downtown and SOCO. No feast is complete without dessert! For the final leg of the journey we’ll whisk you away to the SOCO district to a local favorite and staple- Amy’s Ice Creams. We'll take pictures in front of the famous I Love You So Much mural across the street from Amy's. We'll give you the option of being dropped off at the pick up location, anywhere downtown, or you might choose to stay and explore theunique shops and restaurants of SOCO.
Tour Austin's Best Street Art
We are excited to be outside and showing you around one of the top 25 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World! 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. Other things to note: If you want a tour outside of the times listed, we offer private tours that start at $350. This is a family-friendly tour and is for anyone who can meander at a walking pace! There are frequent stops and we end at a coffee shop. It is a linear tour and doesn't return to the start.
Bikes & Brews
Bike and Brew ATX strives to combine a passion for travel and a sentiment for a cold beer while still making sure that guests are well taken care of. Having been in and out of Austin since 2007, we proudly decided to plant our business flag in this great city in 2016. Our insured tours and well-kept bikes keep guests safe while introducing them to Austin with facts, stories and the best drinks the city has to offer. While seeing the sites, guests are also supporting local breweries and staff, something that Austinites hold dear. Flights from each brewery will give guests a diverse taste of the city’s pride and joy: it’s craft brew scene. Other things to note Must bring your identification! Please hydrate because Texas can be very hot. Sun-screen is recommended for those that easily burn. Food is available at different food trucks.
Bats & Skyscrapers on Segways, oh my
It's bat season y'all! That's right, one of Austin's most popular attractions from Mar - Oct is watching our Mexican free-tail bat population take flight each night. This Segway experience is the perfect activity for transitioning from day to night in Austin and we'll get as close as you want to view the bats as the finale. Segway training takes place before dark then we'll cruise to some key vantage points for watching the sun set on Austin's amazing skyscrapers. As the city comes to life, we will fill you with interesting facts and quirky details about why almost 27 million people visit Austin each year. Cruising down the 2nd St. shopping district is a highlight of this trip, making a visit to Willie Nelson's bronze, life-size statue. TIME PERMITTING: A stop can be made to go inside Austin's newly built Central Public Library: a state-of-the-art facility and a true testament to our city's creative & technological environment. Because the bats are in fact wild, live creatures, some elements of nature beyond my control can, from time to time, affect their flight. Some are heavy/recent rains, high winds, cold temps, too bright or too loud conditions due to construction or a nearby concert. This may cause less bats to take flight or they may come out later (outside of the experience window). These circumstances are rare, but must be understood.
Photoshoot Walk and Guide of Austin Downtown
Come explore and discover the most unique and uncommon angles of Austin Texas — one of the most fantastic and thriving cities you will ever experience, captured through the eye of a professional lens. Live an experience filled with cultural insights, stories, recommendations, suggestions, tips, hacks, and fun facts about photography, while appreciating the most beautiful landscapes, scenarios, and the most exquisite architecture this city offers. What your shoot includes: • Unlimited photographs All original photographs from the photoshoot (Raw unedited JPEG) • 3 Free advanced edits Get advanced editing and retouches of your top 3 favorite shoots, to share on social media, the web, and other formats • Assistance and Pro suggestions Get advanced suggestions on location, outfit selections, color schemes, weather, lighting, and best times of the day to shoot • Your vision, your taste Describe your vision, taste, influences, and inspirations to get the most out of your shoot and get creative recommendations • Same-day delivery and storage Your pictures will be delivered on the same day, on a private cloud storage * Every photoshoot comes with advanced editing for your top 3 favorite pictures, plus all the pictures taken during our session (Usually 300+ pictures per hour, on average) on a private cloud drive or a physical drive if required. Edits may take longer.
Trace the steps of America's first serial killer
The Murder Walk is a unique storytelling experience for true crime connoisseurs. This is Austin's only tour dedicated exclusively to Austin's best kept secret, the Servant Girl Annihilator of 1885. Walk with us as we trace the steps of America's first serial killer. You may have heard that in Austin we like to "keep it weird". Well, at Walking Tours of Austin, we do our part every night! Each of our storytellers/guides are experts who LOVE their city and are passionate about history, ghost stories, and true crime. Starting at 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Your adventure awaits!
Giant Glow Paddle Boarding the Springs
This tour is all about exploring the spring fed river in downtown Austin at night! We will meet up just after sunset and use the giant paddle boards to paddle up the spring river. You'll have 12 different color combinations to choose from and your lights will illuminate the crystal clear spring water below. We will most likely be the only people in the water and it's just an unreal experience when you light up the water below. We don't have bioluminescence in our river but this experience is the next best thing. The lights attract the fish and we're sure to see some turtles too. When you paddle the bubbles in the water are really cool! There are opportunities to swim or just stay on the board and remain 100% dry. This is a magical trip because you're downtown but surrounded by darkness and sounds of the night like cicadas, frogs, etc. Get lucky with timing and you'll have a nice moon overhead or some great stars. As with all our other tours, when you book you'll automatically be sent a link with all of our other Austin recommendations to help you plan the rest of your trip! There is also a daytime version of this same trip without lights that I host. Its called "Giant Paddle Board & Swimming in Springs" Looking at that tour helps understand this one.
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