An International Travelers' Ground Transportation Guide
Austin Tour Ideas
Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour guided bike tour through the leafy streets Austin's most historic neighborhoods. Visit the famous Treaty Oak, pedal through the University of Texas campus, stop at Sholtz's Beer Garden for a drink (own expense), and whiz around the State Capitol building as you learn about the history and culture of the city. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized, small-group experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off are not included.
Enjoy a 1-hour tour at one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in the nation. UT-Austin campus boasts an extensive and diverse history dating back to 1883. Come along to explore the historical roots of the campus while also illuminating some if its newest developments and achievements, all located deep in the heart of Austin, Texas. This tour is open to the public and the number of participants usually ranges from 5-10 runners.
More Things to do in Austin, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas
Things To Do in Austin & Austin Bergstrom Airport Layover Ideas
Things to do in Austin if you have a Austin Bergstrom Airport Layover or Extended Austin Bergstrom Airport Stopover
If you have an extended layover at the Austin Bergstrom Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Austin.LayoverIdeas.com
Take in some music
AUS Airport is a great place to pass time on a layover. Past security, for the exclusive benefit of passengers, Austin Bergstrom Airport has 5 live music stages with more than 20 performances scheduled every week. If you find tourself here between a week 11:00-17:30, Monday-Friday, there is probably a concert going on.
- Earl Campbell's Sports Bar, Gate 13, 15:30 to 17:30, Monday - Friday
- Waterloo Records / Austin City Limits, Gate 13, 13:00 to 15:00, Friday
- The Saxon Pub and Grub, Gate 5, 15:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday
- Annie's Cafe & Bar, Gate 18, 13:00 to 15:00, Monday - Friday
- Ruta Maya, Gate 18, 11:00 to 13:00, Thursday and Friday
The schedule is subject to change, so check for updates: Live Music Schedule
Go for a Bike Ride
While the westside of Austin is hilly, streets mildly slope towards the river in the centre of town. you will find bike lanes on some major streets. Biking is possible year-round, and best October to April (during May to September, the higher temperatures mean greater humidity, which some may find uncomfortable).
Options for getting a bike to ride:
- If you are travelling with a bike, you are all set!
- If you see one of the yellow bikes from the Yellow Bike Project, feel free to ride it to your destination and leave it for the next person (bikes are not locked, and you ride at your own risk)
- Rent a bike from a local bike shop
- Rent an electric bike (great for those hills!) - reserve an electric bike
- Take an electric bike tour - some options below
Visit Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin, and it is used for both flood control and recreation. The lake's shoreline is home to the Auditorium Shores park and the Austin Hike and Bike Trail. You can rent a canoe or kayak, or explore the area on foot or by bicycle.
Get Your Fill at the Whole Foods Flagship Store
Austin is home of the original Whole Foods grocery store, and the world headquarters. The Whole Foods flagship store is located downtown (W. 6th St. and Lamar), and is a destination in and of itself. The "mothership" (as locals call it) boasts six mini-restaurants. Headquarters are upstairs.
Stroll the Capitol
The Texas State Capitol is beautiful, wrapped in Texas pink granite. Texans take pride in the fact that their State Capitol building is a full 14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Texas State Capitol is welcoming, and open to the public 7 days a week. It's interesting to stroll the halls, peek into the legislature chambers, and look at the paintings and sculptures. Best of all, it's free!
Ride the Train
The Austin Steam Train Association, runs tours aboard the Hill Country Flyer steam train in and around Texas Hill Country. The train makes a short 1/2 hour jaunt, as well as a 50 kilometre (30 miles) circuit. But, alas, it's not a steam train at the moment... it is been out of commission, undergoing refurbishment. The train currently uses a borrowed diesel engine. Weekends, March through December.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Austin Bergstrom Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
See the Austin Bats!
Austin Bats. Yes, that's right, bats. Austin's Congress Avenue bridge is home to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, the largest urban bat colony in the world. The bats are active at dusk, between March and November. The best place to see the bats is near the Austin American Statesman's parking lot. You can also take a boat tour, or a Segway tour, to see them from underneath the bridge.
This tour is a short drive outside of Austin Texas. Get an insiders 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.
Fifteen clues, two hours, one city - this is a self-led scavenger race that sends groups capering around town to solve clues. Unlike other city-wide excursions, this one unshackles racers from the tyranny of official start times and concrete dates. Players simply click on a launch code, head to the starting line, and begin the scavenger hunt whenever they've got a spare two hours. During the process, players will hear fun stories and insights about historical sites while discovering hidden gems along the way.
2 to 3 hrs
Turn Austin into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. This challenge combines the excitement of the <em>Amazing Race</em> with a three hour city walking tour. Guided from your smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges, while learning local history. <br /><br />Note: Pricing is per individual but teams must book together in order to be included in the same adventure.
This 1.5-hour tour will begin with an educational wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard in Marble Falls, Texas. Following the tasting, you will take a short walk through the wine production facility including the barrel room. Vineyard maps will be available after the tour of the production facility for those who wish to tour the vineyards on their own.
Get to know Austin by open-top, double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Stay on the bus for the whole route, or jump off and on at any of the six stops to visit museums or explore districts like SOCO in more depth. While on board, listen to live commentary about more than 20 city landmarks, such as the Governor's Mansion, Historic 6th Street and the Paramount Theatre. The bus route starts at the Texas State Capitol three times a day at 2-hour intervals.
Our Wine & Disc package includes a full day of Disc Golf on our 18-Hole Par 64 Course! Following your game or between the front nine and back nine, join us for a seated educational wine tasting in our Texas-Tuscan style tasting room.
1 to 5 hrs
Experience Austin's urban scene, hip shopping districts and beautiful natural scenery on this sightseeing tour by luxury Mercedes van. See top Austin attractions like Lady Bird Lake, the Texas Capitol, the Driskill Hotel and Mayfield Park, and enjoy picturesque views of rolling hills and lakes in Texas Hill Country. You'll learn about all the sites you see from your knowledgeable guide.
Come run with us and explore the landmarks and historical markers that make up 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.
More Things to do in Austin, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas
More Austin Bergstrom Airport Transfer & Airport Connection Options