Quirkiest Things To Do in Austin

These tours will help you explore the wilder sides of Austin, Texas
These tours will help you explore the wilder sides of Austin, Texas | © Peter Tsai Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
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If you’re looking for something memorable to do in the Texan capital, these unique experiences will leave you raring to create a new bucket list. These carefully curated, off-the-beaten-track tours and activities will take you into weird and wild Austin to eat, see and play.

“Keep Austin Weird” isn’t just a logo, it’s a point of pride for the capital of Texas, where they boast tacos for breakfast, piano duels and turtle races. Sometimes, everything can feel like it’s left-field. But for those who want a truly unique experience – we’re talking “citywide tour on the back seat of a biker’s fat-tired hog”-level unique – then you’ve come to the right place. Climb mountains or dive off them, enjoy a talk and a tipple, or see history take shape. There’s something for everyone here.


Descend into the cover of darkness in the iconic city of Austin, TX, with a nationally acclaimed storyteller. Your expert guide will keep your small group scared and entertained during this 90-minute walking tour with historical tales of murder, mystery and, of course, ghosts. In addition, you will explore the little-known nooks and crannies of Austin and visit popular attractions like the Driskill Hotel.


Learn about the bats in Austin on this 2.5-hour bat watching bike tour (2 hours on the bike). It’s the largest urban bat colony in the world! This tour takes place during the evening for a leisurely 8-mile ride (a few small hills) around Lady Bird Lake hike-n-bike trail, including Barton Springs, Zilker park, Butler park, the boardwalk and Pfluger bridge, with a stop to view the bats in flight from Congress Ave. bridge after sunset. It’s a great tour! APPROX. TOUR START TIMES- July 630pm, Aug. 615pm, Sept. 600pm. Price includes local sales tax. No booking fee, unlike the website.

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Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

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It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

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Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

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Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.