Local tour companies love to put their own special twists on getting-to-know-Austin adventures. Here for a few hours, and want to see the most you can in a short amount of time? New to town, and want insider access to all things Austin? From food trucks to scavenger hunts, call on these experts:

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Open water, an electric paddlewheeler and Austins famous 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bat population await on a scenic Capital Cruises tour of Lady Bird Lake. Add fresh air and exercise to the mix with guided personalized or group running tours by Austin City Running Tours.

Get a group of friends together for an Amazing Race-style journey with an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Participants use smart phones to solve clues and scour the city on this three-hour tour.

Hungry, but dont know where to start? dive into the burgeoning food truck scene with a Best of Austin Food Truck tour by Austin Eats Food Tours. The operator also offers walking, bus and bike food tours showcasing quintessential Austin via big-name BBQ stops and sampling desserts from a bakery that recently won Cupcake Wars. Take to the Texas Hill Country for custom, behind-the-scenes winery tours with Texas Wine Tours.

Looking for more ideas? Browse more Austin tours and find the best option for your group.

Tour Gem: The Austin Visitor Center
Friendly Austin Visitor Center volunteers can help you pinpoint the perfect tour. Tours departing from the downtown center include: Locally owned Austin Detours offers custom, unique tours featuring art, music, food, sports, culture, history and more.

Austin Duck Adventures splashes into Lake Austin in an unsinkable amphibious vehicle and delivers 75 minutes of sightseeing that covers Sixth Street, the State Capitol, Bullock State History Museum and more. This is great for the kids!

Consider the Austin & Hill Country in 90 Minutes tour by AO Tours. The Mercedes van tour highlights Austins popular shopping areas, fabulous food, music scene, trendy East Austin and beyond.

Want to see the most of the Live Music Capital of the World? Take in legendary music photography and the home of the Austin City Limits television show on Austin City Limits Studio Tours.

The freedom to hop on and hop off as desired lies in a Double Decker Austin sightseeing tour. Austins entertainment districts float by in a moving history lesson from a double decker bus.

Contact the Austin Visitor Center (602 E. Fourth St., 866-GO-AUSTIN) for tour times and costs.