Downtown walking tours are designed to create a genuine connection to the culture, the cityscape and the historic figures that make Austin what it is today. Get to know Austin's past and present with a guided downtown walking tour hosted by the Austin Visitor Center. Each tour is led by a local Austin expert. Learn more about each tour below!

Harrison Eppright at Susanna Dickinson House Museum

Tour #1: Capitol Area, Upper Congress Avenue

Starting at the Capitol front door, take a stroll down Congress Avenue, Austin's main street. Hear about Texas and Austin history and about the deeds of local heroes. See Austin's two National Historic Landmarks (the highest honor awarded by U.S. Parks Service) and more National Register sites.

Tour #2: Downtown Sights, Old and New

The newest tour we have to offer! This one begins at the Austin Visitor Center- 602 E 4th St. Included is lower Congress Avenue, Willie Nelson Boulevard, E Sixth St. and Lady Bird Lake. Directions for more exploring on your own will be pointed out along the way.

Tour #3: Downtown, West of Congress Avenue 

Starting at the Capitol front door, take a walk on the west side of downtown, where Victorians built stately homes at the turn of the century. See the changes that took place over time, from Classical, Victorian, and Beaux Arts, to Deco and modern as downtown commercial activity expanded westward.

Tour #4: Custom-designed Tours

Pick your own starting time and place - your guide will tailor a tour to suit your interests. Maximum group size per guide: 25 persons. No minimum size. Email our tour desk for more information. 

The Austin Visitor Center can help you plan a self-guided tour. Email or call the Austin Visitor Center: 866-GO-AUSTIN. Stop by our center to pick up a brochure or view a PDF.  Historic Austin app

Historic Austin Tours

Preservation Austin offers Historic Austin Tours. These self-guided audio-visual tours allow users to experience Austin's rich historic neighborhoods at your own pace with nothing more than a mobile device.