Take an amphibious tour of Austin's downtown with Austin Duck Adventures. Includes 75 minutes of sightseeing that includes Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor's Mansion, and Lake Austin.
Of all the ways to get around Austin, Barton Springs Bike Rental offers plenty of choices. Rent a bike for the day or week, or reserve a spot on one of their many downtown bike tours.
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Instead of a taxi, go green like most of Austin and hop on a pedi-cab. Whether you're headed to a club or need to take a tour of the city, Capital Pedicab will provide the pedal power to get you there.
Take a microbrewery tour at the Live Oak Brewing Company. Tours are free and last an hour. Best of all, you'll get to sample tasty brews of the day, like Pilz, Big Bark Amber Lager or the fall classic, Oaktoberfest.
Take a drive across the scenic Pennybacker Bridge, otherwise known by locals as the 360 Bridge. The weathering steel bridge is said to blend perfectly with the natural environment of Austin and has won several architectural and engineering awards. The bridge is located on Loop 360, south of FM 2222.
Glide around Austin on a SegCity Segway tour and see the town like never before. Choose from a variety of tour themes, including the 'Ultimate Bat Tour' or the 'Haunted History Tour.' Call for daily departure times
Tour the Texas Capitol - one of the tallest capitols in the U.S. Observe the legislative process, learn about Texas history and shop in the gift store.
The breathtaking beauty and unusual construction of the Texas State Capitol is truly the stuff of legends in the Lone Star State. As one of the nation's tallest capitols, the Texas Capitol is a marvel of late 19th century architecture, with its round arches, central dome and symmetrical design.
Originally completed in 1888 from the winning design in a national competition, the Texas Capitol was constructed with local materials unique to the Texas Hill Country. Sunset red granite forms the exterior walls, and the foundation is constructed from local limestone. The state paid for construction with 3 million acres of public land in the Texas Panhandle, which would later become the famous XIT Ranch.
The Capitol opened to the public on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1888. Since then, it has undergone extensive renovations for maintenance and beautification.
A $75 million underground extension in 1993 essentially doubled the square footage of the building. In 1995, a $98 million restoration of the interior and exterior was completed. Then, in 1997, the gardens and walkways surrounding the Capitol were given an $8 million facelift.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970, the Texas Capitol is a popular tourist attraction. Besides touring the building, visitors can view many artifacts of Texas history including the original flag from the Battle of San Jacinto, historical paintings and some of the original Senator desks from 1888.
Free walking tours of the Capitol are given daily (except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter) and begin at the south entrance.
It's known as the people's mansion, so why not take a tour of your home-away-from-home: The Governor's Mansion. The historic home was built in 1856 and is furnished with exquisite antiques and artwork.