We know Austin to be the state capital of Texas, but the buzzing precinct offers so much more than we ought to know. In a landscape rimmed by the blues of its waters, lushed by its parks and teeming with activity and flavour from its locals, Austin is a place for adventure – even more so when you are doing it alone. Spending time with yourself in a foreign city can be therapeutic especially so when Texas is a haven of nature spots like Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs Pool and Lake Austin where you can idle the day away. Else adventure with these unique tours to make new friends or enjoy Austin in a way you wouldn’t have thought of before.
Ever wanted to find out why Austin is always taunted for its haunted history and brave enough to do it alone? Take a tour around Texas’s capital city but not in the ways you usually imagine. Embark on a Haunted Austin Walking History Tour that is riveting, delightful and a bunch of nerves all balled into one. Leading the tour is acclaimed storyteller that is engaging and fearless, hooking you onto the paths of serial killers and the hauntings that have occurred in Austin. The 90-minute ghost walking tour is short and sweet, lending enough time to explore historic crime scenes throughout the city while remaining interesting, fun and creepy.
Haunted Austin Walking History Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
You love your beers but do you know the culture behind it? Well, you should, and you can in this craft beer and brewery tour happening in Austin. While a 4-hour tour might seem intimidating to some, the session is actually well-paced, informative and stretched just enough to make learning fun and fruitful. Experience the best of Austin’s brewery culture. Participants will embark on a tour and stop and three different breweries to get a true taste of the city. With tastings at each stop, a knowledgeable guide and an easy flow of content, one will certainly emerge from the tour with a better understanding and appreciation for Texas beer culture. Not to mention new friendships with like-minded folks.
Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Calling out all foodies, enter food haven as you embark on this food tour around Austin that serves you the best food at heart. With a varied selection from down-home barbecue to gourmet sweets, there is a balance of comfort food, adventurous risks and popular cravings. Much of the joy of travel comes from the perks of eating but it’s so easy to dilute the experience with tourist’s joints. Enter this food tour and you’ll be fetched straight to the local favourites strung through hearty servings of barbecue and scoops of dessert. Fans of Texas cuisine will be delighted with the inclusion of local favourites such as barbecue dishes, tacos and queso among many more.
Food Is My Best Friend Tour in Austin
Duration: 3 hours
Flying doesn’t need to be a distant dream anymore. At iFly Austin, a premier indoor skydiving facility powered by a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel, participants can engage in the sport adventurously without risk. Appropriate gears will be provided and you will need to go through a specialised training session from an expert flight instructor. No experience is necessary and everyone can try their hand at flying if they wish. The entire experience lasts for slightly over two hours and is memorable from start to end. You can even experience two full 60 seconds of ‘free-fall’ flight time inside the wind tunnel and receive a personalised flight certificate at the end to bring home as a memento.
iFLY Austin Indoor Skydiving
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
As you would have discovered by now, there are several ways to explore Austin on your own and with this recommendation — cycling is next. Ride through downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus on a 2.5-hour bike tour that is both relaxing and informative. Centralising on the city’s architecture and art, the tour will spark your imagination and conversations about the cultural wing of the capital city. Letting you into the famed gems including Driskell Hotel, Littlefield building, UT Tower as well as the many public artworks on campus, the tour also includes many insightful stops including the innovative Skyspace public sculpture by celebrated artist James Turrell.
Austin Art and Architecture Bicycle Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Food is life, but brunch even arguably more so. There’s just something about brunch food and that timing of the day. And with this tour, one will be elated to have all the best selections combined. A trip with good music routed to good food, there might be no better way — or a heartier way to explore the capital city. Local musicians will be performing live music accompanying the travels to three local establishments with one food item and beverage provided at each stop. Get ready to sample local specialities including breakfast tacos, Czech kolaches, and chicken and waffles — and devour to your heart’s content.
The Brunch Bus: Austin Food Tour with Live Band On Board
Duration: 3 hours
Want to experience the beautiful landscapes of Austin but want to take things beyond a stroll? Well, how does drinking and pedalling on Austin’s first Cycleboat sound? You can sign up for a pedal barge cruise in the precinct and embark on a two-hour tour of the serene Lake Austin while adoring the nature enclaves of Bull Creek. The tour even includes a stopover at County Line barbecue for a drink letting you converse with the captain, first mate and newfound friends made on board. The tour comes complete with coolers, ice and Bluetooth speakers to make the experience as fruitful and entertaining for you while you have fun pedalling, sighting and drinking.
Pedal Barge Cruise in Austin
Duration: 2 hours
Austin — spoiling you with choice
There is never a dull day when in Austin. Coupled with all these fun ways in which you can explore the city, Austin is waiting for you — be it bike, boat or a haunted stroll.
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