- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Departs from: Austin Visitor Center
- Extras: Receive discounts through our Pink Tag Partners Program
- Person All Ages
See the creme-de-la- creme of Austin Art & Architecture!
The AO Tours Austin Art and Architecture Tour (2.5 hours) shows you the creme-de-la-creme of Austin. You cruise around town past both modern and historic buildings, while getting to stop at some of the most interesting and iconic public art pieces. This tour is a sure way to see the artsy and sophisticated side of Austin!
Who is this tour good for?
This tour is wonderful for those wanting to understand Austin from a design perspective, not just hear about the party scene on Sixth Street. Being able to explore the city with the eye of an architect and artist, guests learn about why Austin has such a diverse and vibrant city design.
What you will see
Starting off in the heart of downtown Austin, we get to see a mix of some of the oldest and newest architecture Austin has to offer. From probably the most iconic building in Austin through the ages, the Texas State Capitol, to a more modern star in the Austin skyline, the Frost Bank tower, downtown is jam-packed with fascinating and beautiful architecture. There are several works of public art that we’ll see as well, including the tallest mural in Austin. Sticking around downtown, we’ll head to the newest and most modern section: the Seaholm District. Here you’ll see such unique buildings at the Austin Central Library, the Jenga-like tower of the Independent, and the former City of Austin power plant that the district is named after, along with wonderful works of public art. Crossing over Lady Bird Lake, we enter South Austin, known for its hippie vibe and old-school hangouts. We’ll pass by several unique Austin establishments, including Allen’s Boots and Austin Motel. Down south, one can truly feel the independent, artistic soul of Austin and there’s plenty of art to prove it. The east side is a kindred spirit to the south side, but with its own take on the Austin experience. There are murals all over the place, and some of the most rapid expansion and modern development has been happening on this side of town. Just to the north of downtown is one of the largest university art museums in the country, the Blanton
Museum. Sitting on the University of Texas at Austin campus, the Blanton offers both classical work and modern installations, including the late Ellsworth Kelly’s final piece entitled simply Austin. Finally, west of town takes us to the more affluent side of Austin where the mansions of old and new residents gleams through the live oak-covered hill country.
Stops on this tour*
- Austin Central Library
- Blanton Museum
- Auditorium Shores
- At least two works of public art
*Subject to change due to events or closures