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Austin Duck Adventures is a one-of-a-kind tour takes you through the city and on Lake Austin on an authentic amphibious military landing vehicle that carries around 20 passengers. The tour goes through downtown, to the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the LBJ Library, East Sixth Street's music district, historic Congress Avenue and area lakes. Meanwhile, the tour guide gives the history of the city, along with little-known insights. Each tour last for around two hours. Check the website or call ahead for further information.
Fancy a visit to the historic downtown area of Austin? Austin Historic Walking Tours provides free guided tours of several buildings and areas in Ausitn to anyone who's interested. Tours commence from the Capitol Building, and then take one to Congress Block, Sixth Street and Bremond Block Historic District, where one can marvel at the fine architectural aspects of the buildings, juxtaposed against metal and glass skyscrapers right alongside. Tours must be booked in advance; visit website for timings.
Take a tour with Lone Star Riverboat down the Colorado River (known as Town Lake in the Austin city limits) on a paddle wheel boat. This Southern style of transportation is a perfect way to take in the city's skyline. Trips are 90 minutes long and do not require reservations. Call ahead to determine the seasonal schedule. During the summer moonlight cruises are offered, as well as close-up cruises of the bats underneath Congress bridge. Prices vary by excursion, so check their website for further information.
For cruising around on Town Lake, the best way to go is on a Capital Cruise. Have dinner with friends or just your date, while watching the beauty of Austin's downtown from the peaceful water. Sightseeing tours are available along with canoes and kayaks; or you can take out paddle boats for an outdoor activity with the family. So whether it is a romantic evening for two or a day on the lake with kids, this service can meet your needs. Furthermore, the Hyatt caters for these cruises and serves wonders like shrimp pasta, beef or chicken fajitas, to name a few. They will work with your company or group to customize a menu if you desire.
In a town with as much history as Austin, you are destined to find some scary stories and haunted locations. This tour takes you through downtown to experience some of the ghosts of this city's past. Hear stories about famous Austinites who have died, but never seemed to leave town. Learn about serial killers pre-dating Jack the Ripper, murders and mayhem, as well as spooks and haunts of Austin's sordid past. This tour may be a bit too much for small children. But adults will find it a wonderful way to learn about Austin's secret history.
See the beautiful sights of Austin like you've never seen them before by gliding on a Segway. Segways have a platform perched on two wheels with a patented gyroscope balancing system enabling the standing rider to maneuver by tilting forward or backwards while using the steering control on the left side of the handlebar to turn. They offer 7 days a week, 365 day a year guided 2.5 hour Segway tours, visiting the Governor's Mansion, the Texas State Capital, the world famous 6th Street entertainment district, the new 2nd Street shopping district and much more. The guided Segway tours are informative and rated as one of the highest quality tours in Texas which are ideal for families, visitors, residents and work groups for team building activities. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Want to see the Austin Congress Bridge bats up close? Take a tour with Live Love Paddle, a kayak tour where your guide will lead close to the bridge so you can watch as the bats wake up and fly away as the sun begins to set. If you don't want to see the bats, Live Love Paddle has other great tours. Take the Urban Kayaking Tour of Downtown Austin to explore the city in a new way or just paddle around Lady Bird Lake.
If you're the kind of person who would rather board the boat than stay ashore, look up Austin's Boat Tours. Austin's Boat Tours are great fun party boat rentals, along with also offering things like flyboards, jet skis and even Scuba. The BYOB cruises are perfect for a summertime outing without all the hassle of owning (or driving) a boat. The company even offers party bus services to get you to and from the lake, as well as emergency towing service in case you find yourselves in a sticky situation.