You’ll be seeing hot spots of legends and the still blossoming sagas of local figures and cultural districts, while perusing highlights of the city! This tour is in our custom outfitted, glass top, convertible, Mercedes…
Take in 360-degree views in a Texas-size convertible on this best of Austin tour!
- Duration: 90 Minutes (with stops)
- Pickup and Drop-off: Austin Visitor Center
- Languages: English & Español (headphones provided)
- Stops (subject to change): Pfluger Bridge, Texas State Cemetery
- Vehicle Type: A Mercedes-Benz glass-top bus with a convertible feature
- Extras: Receive discounts through our Pink Tag Partners Program
- Guide Tips: On this tour, we get out for light (optional) walks so be sure to:
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Bring a hat (with ties to prevent it flying away)
- Water to drink (in sealed containers – no cup holders on board)
- Sunscreen if you need it
- From :
- $ 39.99 $ 34
Ready for All Things Austin?
Austin may be widely known for its music scene, but the city offers more than good tunes. Historic architecture dots this sprawling city, and on this 90-minute tour, you’ll see some of the best of it, including the University of Texas, the Driskill, and the Texas State Cemetery.
On this 1.5-hour excursion, you’ll find out how this quirky cowboy town transformed into a musical mecca, high-tech think tank, and a haven for hippies. Our team of Austinites will put you in the “Austin Frame of Mind” as you travel around town taking in the sights, giving you ideas that will have you ready for boot-scooting, breakfast tacos, and more.
Please note: This tour does not include the Hill Country scenic drive. If you’d like to see Texas’s beautiful Hill Country, try our signature 90-minute City Sightseeing + Hill Country Tour or the 2.5-hour city and Hill Country tour with stops.
Who is this tour good for?
This tour is good for those who want to get to know the vibrant culture of Austin and what makes this city so unique to Texas. You’ll learn more about the growing downtown Austin scene, as well as explore areas such as historic and trendy East Austin, both in the vehicle and on foot.
What you will see on this Best of Austin tour
On this 90-minute tour, an Austinite is your driver and guide, showing you the towering downtown buildings and historic architecture to murals and nature as you go.
Enjoy an audio tour in English or Spanish
You’ll also have access to sanitized single-use headsets with audio conversations about the things you pass. This GPS-powered audio tour, with real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see, is a great way to get lost in the conversations in the language of your choice.
Take a stroll on the Pfluger bridge
The first stop is at the gorgeous Pfluger pedestrian bridge that arches over Lady Bird Lake. Get out and stroll part of the bridge, taking in breathtaking views of the water and the city skyline. Lady Bird Lake, originally known as Town Lake, was renamed in 2007 in honor of the late Lady Bird Johnson. Your guide will tell you more about the lake’s ecosystem and lesser-known facts about Austin as you look over the city.
Get 360-degree views of famous Austin landmarks
Along the way, expect to find out more about gorgeous architecture—and entertaining historical anecdotes—including the Driskill Hotel, the University of Texas campus, and the new development happening downtown.
You’ll get plenty of 360-degree views from the comfort of your seat, making it that much easier to see all the special details that line our streets. Catch glimpses of murals & public art, which might include Monopoly Mural, Dazed & Confused, Harmony mosaic, as your guide tells you more about the artists who created them.
Visit the Texas State Cemetery
Get out and hear more about the Texas legends who have been laid to rest here. Stephan F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnson, Governor John Connally, Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and Chris Kyle are among the Texas officials buried at this cemetery.
About the Vehicle
You won’t miss any views in our Mercedes-Benz panoramic sprinter. In our unique vehicle you get 360-degree angles of the city sights, with a retractable roof that’s easy to open and close, making for a unique and comfortable way to see all of Austin’s city architecture. Check out our photos and videos to get a better sense of the experience!
Map and Points of Interest
East Sixth Street area
Night clubs & bars, Brush Square Park, Dickinson-Hannig Museum, The Driskill Hotel (I), Pecan Street, Live Music Venues, O. Henry House & Museum.
Texas State Capitol Complex
Texas State Capitol (A) & Visitor Center, Governor’s Mansion, Historic Congress Avenue (G), and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum (B).
University of Texas At Austin
U.T. Tower (C), Royal Memorial Stadium, Harry Ransom Center, J. Blanton Museum, and Dell Medical Center (P).
2nd Street District
Austin City Limits Live, Moody Theater, City Hall (H), Boutique Shopping & Dining, and the Willie Nelson Statue.
Lady Bird Lake – South Shore
Lady Bird Lake, Butler Park, Long Center for the Performing Arts (L), Palmer Events Center, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (M – Stop), and ZACH Theatre.
Downtown living, upscale shopping, trendy restaurants and bars, Austin Central Library (H)
The Warehouse District
United States Federal Courthouse, Republic Square Park (N), and many night clubs & bars.
Historic & Trendy East Austin (Including the African American Cultural Historic District)
Texas State Cemetery (F – Stop), Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District, George Washington Carver Museum, Huston-Tillotson University, French Legation (E), Moonlight Tower, local brewpubs, and artisan-curated shopping (J).
Historic Bremond Block Historic District (O), Waller Creek – Waterloo Greenway (D), SoCo-South Congress, Cultural Austin, Food Trucks & Trailers, music venues, and Alec Monopoly Mural (K – Stop)
About the Guides
As a family business, AO Tours strives to hire professional guides with enthusiasm and deep knowledge on the state capital of Texas. Depending on the tour, you may be with an actor, a comedian, or local resident who can tell you the best places to eat, where to catch a live show, or where to get off the beaten track. Each tour is a little different than the next thanks to this group, who you can learn more about here.
Important Booking Information
Online ticket purchases are refundable up to 24 hours before tour time, and reservations may be changed to another date and/or time (subject to availability).
For Students, Seniors 55+, Military, and Convention Tag Holders – Must present ID upon arrival.
The Austin Visitors Center is located at 602 East 4th St. (Click link to open in map)
- Austin Convention Parking Garage – 601 E. 5th street
The Garage entrance is located on the opposite (north) end of the Visitors Center building – the entry to the Garage is on 5th St between Red River and Sabine Streets. (601 E. 5th St.)
- Street Parking: Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Parking is $2 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. is a flat rate of $5. For paid time that continues after 6 p.m., the $5 flat rate is added to existing payment and parking expires at 3 a.m.
- Austin Convention Parking Garage – 601 E. 5th street
Child safety seats must be provided by parents whose children legally require them. Please see the laws at the follow link: Texas Department of Safety
There must be at least one adult over the age of 18 with each party that includes a child.
We do allow service animals, but we ask that you give us prior notice to allow for us to accommodate you safely. Non-service animals are not allowed without prior authorization by Mary Davidson – AO Tours Austin Owner.
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You won’t miss any views in our Mercedes-Benz 14 passenger panoramic sprinter. In our unique vehicle you get 360-degree angles of the city sights, with a retractable roof that’s easy to open and close, making for a unique and comfortable way to see all of Austin’s city architecture. Check out our photos and videos to get a better sense of the experience!
This tour is offered in both English and Español. More languages coming soon!
We don’t operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter – we have reduced schedules on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The Austin tour route may be modified because of traffic, construction, weather, parades, and sporting events.
Request for special accommodations will be addressed by management. Special arrangements may require as long as 72 hours’ notice to secure.
Austin Overtures Corporation retains the right to remove customers from our group tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other tour members, such as, but not limited to, unsocial or unruly behavior, or the carriage of prohibited substances and materials.
Pickup and Drop-Off Location
602 E. 4th Street (Austin Visitors Center)
Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure to check-in and board.
NOTE: Seats are subject to resale if we have not heard from you or you are not checked-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Our tours depart on schedule – Thanks!