Surprising Ways to See Austin, Texas

Take a walk on the wild side of the Texan capital on these innovative tours
Take a walk on the wild side of the Texan capital on these innovative tours | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Austin is a big city that lives loudly. There’s so much to see – and now you can experience it in a completely unique, original way. These handpicked tours and experiences show you the Texan capital in a new, dynamic light, taking a different route from the norm.

This is the city where beer, coffee and barbecues are a gold-standard combo, and where they produce great wine and exceptional olive oil. These tours take you to the heart of these experiences, whether you’re up to a bit of boogying down, or you’re trying to get in your steps while on vacay. Check out these surprising ways to see Austin.

ToursBrew and Que Tour in Austin
From $97 per person
3 hours
5 (1)

Following pickup from your hotel/accommodation (downtown only) or the Austin Visitors’ Center, sit back and enjoy the breeze in an open-air electric shuttle for this barbecue and beer tour!

ToursAustin in a Nutshell Bike Tour
From $65 per person
2 hours
5 (17)

Come see all that Austin has to offer! Our leisurely 10-mile Austin in a Nutshell Tour is the best way to see all of the notable landmarks in and around downtown, as well as the famous Lady Bird Lake Trail!

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ToursTexas Olive Industry Orchard Tour in Dripping Springs
From $9 per person
60 to 90 minutes
5 (8)

This tour is a short drive outside of Austin, Texas. Get an insider’s view of the growing olive oil industry right outside the bustling city. Topics include History of the Orchard, State of Texas Olive Industry, Farming Methods, Harvesting Practices, Milling Process, Extra Virgin Olive Oil 101 and Q&A.

ToursAustin's Gem Bike Tour
From $83 per person
3 hours
4.5 (2)

Rest assured this adventure isn’t just about beer. That’s just the cherry on the top. We offer tons of fun, quirky facts and stories on this adult sight-seeing adventure. Located on the east side of Austin’s downtown, our highlights will include: The Capitol of Texas, Texas State Cemetery, and other unique destinations. It is a moderate-level bike ride. This ride does include a couple of hills, so be ready. But, fear not, there are three different breweries that will reward your riding efforts with cold brews. 🙂 At the end of the tour, you will leave happy, refreshed, and educated. Beers, bikes, helmets, and a knowledgeable guide are included in the price.

ToursAustin Historic Downtown 5K
From $26 per person
1 hour

Come run with us and explore the landmarks and historical markers that make up the capital city of Texas. Austin is a relic of the Old West, but the city has grown by leaps and bounds to become a beacon of technology and progressiveness in the South. You’ll visit Lady Bird Lake, the Capitol building, the Governor’s Mansion, Driskill Hotel, Congress Ave. Bat Bridge, Paramount Theater, Historic Bremond Block and various other historical sites and hidden gems. Also included: investigating Austin’s new tech industry, green initiatives, entertainment hotspots and cutting-edge architecture.