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How to Spend 3 Days in Austin

How to Spend 3 Days in Austin

Whether for a long weekend or midweek getaway, three days in Austin allows enough time to experience the town’s funky culture, enjoy its plentiful green spaces, hear its live music, taste its food, and get out into the Texas Hill Country to enjoy the countryside. Here’s how to spend three days in Austin.

Day 1: Essential Austin

Immerse yourself in all things Austin with an exploration of the city’s quirky culture. Options abound, from bike or Segway tours of downtown and the Texas State Capitol to hop-on hop-off bus tours or a walk around Lady Bird Lake. Don’t miss some of the capital’s most iconic neighborhoods, like South Lamar and South Congress.

In the evening, gear up for a night out on the town. Austin is world famous for its live music, but you’ll also find top-notch comedy, performing arts, nightclubs, and cocktail lounges. Sign up for a bar crawl through nightlife hot spots like Sixth Street and Rainey Street.

Day 2: Bike, Brew, Paddle

Austin seems made for active travelers, so use your second day to take advantage of the city’s many offerings. Go mountain biking along Barton Creek, take a kayaking tour of Lady Bird Lake, get behind the wheel of a race car on a professional track, or experience the rush of indoor skydiving. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always try one of Austin’s many escape rooms.

In the afternoon, reward your active efforts with a culinary exploration of the Texas capital. Visit some of the city’s top craft-beer bars and breweries, or take a food tour to sample the best barbecue, Tex-Mex, and sweet treats Austin has to offer.

Day 3: Texas Hill Country

Austin lies in the heart of Texas Hill Country, and three days gives you plenty of time for a day trip to explore beyond the capital. In the summer, enjoy the local pastime of tubing down the San Marcos River alongside a floating cooler. Alternatively, make the short drive to Dripping Springs to visit olive orchards and an Italian-style mill, or do some wine tasting at the wineries of Driftwood or Marble Falls.

Lake Travis, located just a short drive from downtown, is a popular destination for sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the sunny shores.

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Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide

Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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Make your own way to the bike shop at Zilker Park to meet your guide arriving 15 minutes before tour time. Get outfitted with your bike and helmet, then set out with your guide to see the best of Austin. Pedal along the hike-and-bike trail that runs through Zilker Park and around Lady Bird Lake. Turn north to check out the Italian Renaissance Revival of the Texas State Capitol building. Learn about the city's history as you roll through downtown. Head down Congress Avenue and over the Congress Avenue Bridge, where 1.5 million bats take shelter between the months of March to November. Continue to South Congress, Rainey Street, and the boardwalk trail. Get great photo opportunities throughout the bike tour.
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Austin Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Austin Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

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Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane during an indoor skydiving session at iFLY Austin. Learn how to safely float in a vertical wind tunnel with wind speeds of up to 175 mph (282 kph). Your activity includes skydiving gear and two flights. Plus, receive one-on-one guidance from an accredited flight instructor and take home a personalized flight certificate.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Texas Olive Industry Orchard Tour in Dripping Springs

Texas Olive Industry Orchard Tour in Dripping Springs

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See how olives are grown and harvested in Texas on a tour of a family-run olive orchard and mill located a short drive from Austin. Learn about the history of the industry in the state, and stroll through the orchards for an up-close look at different varieties and the planting process. Tour the Italian-style mill to see how olives are harvested and pressed, and learn what makes an olive oil ‘extra virgin.’ Finish at the tasting bar to sample the orchard’s high-quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
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Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin

Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin

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Go sightseeing in Austin by Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that allows you to cover more ground than other types of tours. Get an overview of downtown Austin and capture numerous photo ops as you pass by the Texas State Capitol Building, Congress Avenue, Warehouse Entertainment District, Lady Bird Lake, the historic Driskill Hotel, and other landmarks.
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Small-Group Lady Bird Lake Kayak Tour in Austin

Small-Group Lady Bird Lake Kayak Tour in Austin

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Spot Texas plants and wildlife within Austin city limits on an easy-going kayak tour of Lady Bird Lake. Paddle alongside a guide as you watch for snapping turtles and some of the many bird species that flock to the sheltered reservoir in the Colorado River. The outing begins with a short kayak lesson and all equipment is provided, making this tour a good fit for both beginning and experienced kayakers.
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Barton Creek Mountain Biking Tour

Barton Creek Mountain Biking Tour

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Ride off for a day of fun on this 4-hour mountain biking trip along Barton Creek, including time for swimming. Climb aboard your bike for the 8-mile ride through one of the largest urban wilderness areas in the United States, cycling along trails that take you past scenic limestone walls and across shallow creek crossings. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, as there will be ample opportunity to cool off in the creek’s refreshing, crystal clear water. A guide, bike and helmet are all included.
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  • 4 hours
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