About Austin

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. Incorporated on December 27, 1839, it is the 11th-most populous city in the United States, the fourth-most-populous city in Texas, the second-most-populous state capital city after Phoenix, Arizona, and the most populous state capital that is not also the most populous city in its state. It has been one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States since 2010. The Greater Austin and Greater San Antonio areas are separated from each other by approximately 80 miles (129 km) along Interstate 35. It is anticipated that both regions may form a new metroplex similar to Dallas and Fort Worth. Austin is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States and is considered a "Beta −" global city as categorized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

As of the 2020 census, Austin had a population of 961,855, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of July 1, 2020, roughly 84% increase from the year 2000. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.

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Things To Do In Austin

The best of Austin walking tour
The best of Austin walking tour
from: $154

Welcome to the live music capital of the world- Austin. 300 days of sunshine in the city makes the tour pleasant any time of year! Austin has a lot of nicknames. Why is it called “Violet Crown City”, “Hippie Haven”, “Bat City”…? You will find out what does it mean the motto “Keep Austin Weird.” Led by a professional tour guide, you will immerse yourself in the history of Texas. You will visit the 2nd largest Capitol building in the world! Surrounded by the impressive buildings, you will hear what secrets do they hide. Incredible atmosphere and friendly locals- it’s only a little part of my Austin was chosen as the best place to live in America.

Small-Group Public BYOB Sunset Boat Tour on Lake Travis
Small-Group Public BYOB Sunset Boat Tour on Lake Travis
from: $75

Enjoy a cruise that lets you meet new people while taking in the sights along Lake Travis. Our captain serves as a tour guide who may point out landmarks, celebrity homes, or share their own personal stories from the lake. Bring your own drinks—alcoholic beverages welcome—and a camera to capture the memorable experience! Lake Travis cruises take off from Float On’s home base at Hurst Harbor Marina. From here we set sail on one of the clearest lakes in all of Texas, where worries fade & you escape into the gorgeous Hill Country. Enjoy the luxurious homes & beautiful limestone shores that give Travis it’s trademark blue waters, so sit back, relax & enjoy the ride into the cities most iconic sunset. Multiple boats are used for this event, we'll do our best to accommodate special seating requests. Please let us know if you have friends booking separately that you'd like to sit with.

Private Lake Austin Boat Cruise
Private Lake Austin Boat Cruise
from: $465

Come experience the beauty of Lake Austin on a private, partially guided pontoon boat cruise. Located just minutes from Downtown, Lake Austin offers 22 miles of great sightseeing views, including privately-owned waterfront and cliffside homes and popular shoreside restaurants. Unique to Lake Austin is its clear, constant-level water and intimate setting, making for the most beautiful scenery for pictures & social media-worthy photos with the iconic Pennybacker Bridge. You may even catch sight of Austin's own professional wake surfing phenoms Ashley Kidd and Raleigh Hager! Reserve the boat for up to 10 people for 2 hours & enjoy fun times on the lake! Whether you’re looking to celebrate an upcoming wedding, a graduation, birthday or just want some quality family time - this is the perfect option for you and your group. Included is the boat rental, a Wake Riderz boat captain and use of an Aqua Lily Pad should you decide to enjoy the water.

Double Decker Austin Single Loop Sightseeing Tour
Double Decker Austin Single Loop Sightseeing Tour
from: $34

Learn all about Austin and its rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from the top of a double-decker bus. You get the best views of Austin from our unobstructed upper deck, making this the best tour for taking photographs. People on the street also love to interact with people on the upper deck! For your comfort, the lower deck is climate-controlled. This tour passes by more downtown attractions than any other Austin tour. Every tour has a driver and tour guide with absolutely no audio recordings. Enjoy your Austin experience much more by interacting with our guides, whose sole focus is making your experience fun and interesting. This is a single loop tour in which you stay on the bus for the duration of the tour, which will last about 75 to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic. You tour will conclude when you get back to Stop #1 at the Austin Visitor Center.

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