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Lady Bird Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

1. Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

Witness the incredible spectacle of millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerging from beneath Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. Get the best view from a kayak on the river below to watch one of the city's most celebrated natural attractions. Meet your guide for an introductory paddling lesson, and learn all about how the local bat colony came to make the bridge their home. As you paddle the waterways towards the bridge, you'll get to see Austin's gorgeous downtown skyline and bridges along Lady Bird Lake, locally known as Town Lake. Get a chance to snap social media-worthy photos as the bats form enormous surreal dancing clouds, and ascend into the night sky. Once the tour is over you'll make your way back to the starting point.

Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

2. Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

Experience the beauty of Austin at twilight on a sunset cruise, with a guide and hotel transfer included. See the city's top sites including the Willie Nelson Statue, Paramount Theatre, Texas Capitol, and Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge lit up at night. Join a bat-watching tour during March-October. Be greeted by your guide at your downtown Austin accommodation and begin your evening tour in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. At dusk, cruise on Austin's Lady Bird Lake and watch the changing skyline. Learn about the city’s culture and friendly locals. If you take this tour between March and October, you're in luck as this is the best time to witness Austin's famous Congress Bridge bats. Join your guide on a bat-watching excursion to see fabled Mexican (or Brazilian) free-tailed bats take flight from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Witness the nightly show of the bats under the bridge where a large colony of 1.5 million bats resides — one of the biggest colonies of urban bats in the world. Be awestruck at the sight of these bats flying across the colorful evening sky, with speeds of 60 miles per hour. Next, hop back into the van to enjoy a narrated drive with stops at several iconic landmarks including Pfluger Bridge, Texas State Capitol, the Willie Nelson statue, and Paramount Theatre illuminated at night. Get local insights into the surrounding area from your guide. At the end of the tour, be taken back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

3. Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

Follow your guide on a fun-filled kayaking journey to Barton Springs. Admire stunning views of the downtown Austin skyline. Enjoy a trip that is suitable for beginners, as it includes paddling instruction. Meet your guide and get set up with your kayak, paddle, and life vest. Learn how to paddle before setting off on your kayaking adventure. Capture pictures of Austin from the water. View the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to Mexican free-tailed bats. Explore the waters of Lady Bird Lake where you can view the Austin's skyline from afar. Kayak into the crystal clear waters of Barton Springs and search for local wildlife like the Barton Springs salamander. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

4. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

Our friendly tour guides will greet you at Rowing Dock, and get you set up with everything needed on the water. The tour guide hosts a safety meeting and fits each guest for a life jacket. The Rowing Dock staff will help you into your boat and review basic paddling tips with you prior to departure. Once on the water, your tour guide will lead you on a journey to the Springs. Along the way, there will be numerous opportunities to take photos with the downtown Austin City skyline in the background. This tour is approximately two miles round trip and lasts two hours. Guests will be allowed to get out of their boats and take a dip in the cool spring water. The tour ends at Rowing Dock.

Austin: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

5. Austin: Guided Small Group Tour with Texas Capitol Visit

Explore Austin, the state capital of Texas, with a local guide on a van tour of the city's highlights. Enjoy top attractions and visitor experiences while avoiding long lines and wait times on a fully guided and narrated tour with all entry tickets included. Meet your guide at your downtown Austin hotel and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick your tour off with a self-guided visit of the Texas Capitol - the seat of government for the state of Texas. This Italian Renaissance Revival style building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 and sits atop a hill overlooking the downtown Austin area. Ranked within the top 100 "America’s Favorite Architecture" (2007), it is the sixth-tallest state capitol. Walk around the grounds and visit some of the monuments and statues scattered throughout the grounds such as the Heroes of Alamo, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, or the Volunteer Firemen Monument. After the Capitol, hop back into your van and enjoy a narrated driving tour with stops at several iconic landmarks. Stop at several places to get the best views of the city, including the French Legation — one of the oldest houses in Austin —, Pfluger Bridge — a beautiful pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin —, and Lou Neff Point —a stunning look-out point with a gazebo overlooking the city. At the end of your tour, head back to your downtown Austin hotel.

Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

6. Austin: 1.5-Hour Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Austin's tourist hotspots and get off the beaten track as you explore Lady Bird Lake on a bicycle tour. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way.  Meet your guide at the meeting point, receive your helmet and bike, and set out on your tour. Head down to the famous Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park area and learn about Austin's largest park and its significance. Then head towards the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and the Congress Avenue bridge. The itinerary includes sites like the old Mopac railroad bridge, Austin's newest library, the Pfluger pedestrian bridge, and of course the iconic boardwalk for perfect photo opportunities of the Austin skyline. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Austin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.  

Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

7. Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

Admire the Austin skyline on a guided Kayaking tour. Sail along Lady Bird Lake and look out for local wildlife, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat and enjoy your beautiful surroundings at Barton Springs. Pick up your Kayak and set off from Lady Bird Lake. Follow your tour guide along this serene lake and marvel at the glittering skyline ahead. See the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and keep an eye out for the famous Mexican American free-tailed bats. Sail past historical buildings that make up the iconic Austin skyline as well as important bridges, including Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Continue to Barton Springs and admire the crystal-clear water and lush surroundings.

Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

8. Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

Embark on a 4-mile round-trip paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and get picture-perfect views of over 1.5 million bats flying overhead on this kayaking trip on Lady Bird Lake. Learn about the history and migration of the Mexican free-tailed bats from your guide. Start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket, then set out on the water with your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide as you take in the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding area. As you paddle, learn more about Austin’s prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, the history of Congress Avenue Bridge, and more. 

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