Three Can’t Miss Tours in Austin, Texas

Food, music, and bats. They aren’t the only things you’ll find in Austin, Texas but they are three things you should make sure to fit into any visit. Whether it’s BBQ or breakfast tacos you’ll want to get your fill of Austin’s classic places to eat. You’ll also want to make it to as many music venues and live shows you can fit in. Plus, getting a unique view for the bat’s nightly flight will help you round out an ideal trip to Austin.

An easy way to get the most out of these Austin favorites is hoping on a tour where experts will guide you to the can’t miss spots. On top of that, these tours will help you fit in much more than you can do your own. Take a look at booking one or more of these can’t miss tours in Austin.

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A Food Tour

My favorite thing to do in Austin is eating food. It’s one of the reasons I keep heading back. You’ll find unique takes on classics, some of the best BBQ around and so many tacos. In Austin, I took a food tour with Austin Eats. One of the perks of a food tour is you get a chance to try a handful of different places by eating smaller proportions and having someone else take you around. Normally you can try three or four places in a day without filling up our spending too much money.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

With Austin Eats, I went on their Brunch, BBQ, & Brewery Tour. We kicked off a Saturday morning, my first day in Austin, with coffee from a local roaster, breakfast tacos, breakfast cocktails, Benedicts, a full selection of BBQ, and a local brewery. It was three hours of getting stuffed, a little buzzed and making good friends.

With Austin Eats, you get much more than a small taste that often comes with food tours. You had small meals at each place and a cocktail at most spots. On top of the delicious food, I had a blast making friends with fellow tourmates. Two of which my travel buddy and I spent much of the rest of our trip with.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

Whether it’s their brunch tour, food truck tour, happy hour tour or South Congress walking tour you won’t want to miss out on the top-notch food tours by Austin Eats.

A Music Tour

When visiting Austin you want the chance to see some live music. You can look up shows on Ticketmaster for big ones in town but it’s the small venues with folks you’ve never heard of that really give you the feel of what Austin has to offer. If you want a chance to sample a few of the hot spots around town and don’t know where to start, taking a music tour with Austin Detours is the perfect answer.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

Get picked up right in downtown and head off to two or three different venues. On my tour, I visited a country spot, blues bar, and rock club on South Congress. Along the way, you learned more about Austin’s musical history, have fun with your tourmates and dance along to the music. All the artists I saw were extremely talented and fun to see.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

Our tour guide from Austin Detours helped make it a blast, as it can often be awkward hanging out in bars with a “chaperone”, instead it felt like a new friend.

A Bat Watching Sunset Cruise

From March to November, the largest urban bat population lives under the South Congress Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. Each night just after sunset, the bats head out to find their food and it’s a breathtaking site. At the beginning of the year, there are 750,000 and by the end of the mating season that will double to 1.5 million. You can watch the bats from the bridge or a nearby park, but the best way to see them is on the water from underneath.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

At only $10 a ticket with Lone Star Riverboat’s Bat Watching Sunset Cruise is well worth the cost. You’ll spend an hour out on the water and leave a little before sunset. You’ll first head West and learn a little more about the history of Austin. You’ll turn East just in time to settle next to the South Congress Bridge where you’ll have a chance to see the bats take flight. Your guide will tell you all about the bat population and you’ll have a chance to see them against the dusk sky for a tremendous sight.

From the sunset view of the Austin skyline to the unique view of the bats’ flight this tour at its low ticket price is a can’t miss.Best tours in Austin, Texas. Music, food and bats! What you can't miss when exploring Austin.

Getting To Know The City With Tours in Austin

My past visits to Austin had been around music festivals and this trip was a great chance to get to know more of the city. Whether you want to find out some of the best places to eat or drink, make your way to groovy music clubs or witness an amazing phenomenon in the animal world theses tours in Austin are ones you shouldn’t miss.

When you’re in town for a short time, like my three day trip to Austin, tours often allow you a chance to squeeze in a lot more than traveling on your own. I especially enjoy them when I’m traveling solo since it’s a great way to make friends whether it’s for that tour or the rest of your trip.

Don’t forget to take a look at my favorite things to do in Austin and why I love the city so much!

For more information about Austin check out these great books on Amazon including AUSTIN TX 55 SecretsTop 10 San Antonio and Austin, and Insiders’ Guide to Austin.


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About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.