Old/New Sights Walking Tour

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Why We Love This

  • Visit the bridge home to 1 million bats
  • Visit modern buildings and sites

Austin Tours

Learn about Austin as you walk through Congress Avenue to explore Lady Bird Lake. This fun tour is guided by Austin experts. This tour will start at the Austin Visitors Center at 602 E. Fourth Street on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 am.

What You'll Do

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

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome. Please note: Level terrain, brisk pace – approx. 2.5 miles / 90 minutes.

Meeting Location

Austin Visitor Center, 602 E. 4th St (corner of 4th and Red River Street - near the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Hotel)

When To Arrive

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time.


The Austin Convention Center Parking Garage (601 E. 5th Street) entry is just east of the intersection of E. 5th St. and Red River St. Parking Cost: 1 - 2 hours is $6.00; 2 - 7 hours is $8.00. For further parking information please visit their website. No overnight parking. This garage periodically closes for special events. Mobility Impaired parking is available on each level. There is also street parking on 5th street.

Cancellations & Refunds

Reservations can be rescheduled but not refunded.


November 20, 2018 - 

Our tour guide Maralena (sp?) was extremely knowledgeable, interesting, friendly and helpful.

"Old and new walking tour "

November 8, 2018 - 

Gary, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting. Had a wide variety of stories and fun facts to make this tour fabulous! Highly recommend!


October 25, 2018 - 

Lots of interesting information.


September 29, 2018 - 

Our guide was knowledgeable & pleasant. We got a good overview of the downtown area that helped us navigate easily during our stay

"Would recommend!"

September 20, 2018 - 

Gary was great and really informative! We learnt a lot about Austin and the different sites.

"Tried hard"

September 18, 2018 - 

Outlet guide today tried hard. Seemed a bit rushed at times. Reasonable knowledge

"Great day for a walk thru downtown Austin"

November 1, 2017 - 

Was great and our tour guide gave alot of fun and interesting information about the town. Perfect for the price

"Great Austin overview"

September 26, 2017 - 

Harrison was a brilliant guide with a huge amount of knowledge of the city pf Austin. We loved the unique perspective that Harrison gave us into Austin and appreciate his openness to our many questions.

"Really informative tour! "

September 21, 2017 - 

I thought it was a really nice experience that added a lot to my trip to Austin! Learned quite a lot about the city and its culture, Harrison was very professional and friendly.


April 28, 2017 - 

Easy walk & guide shared many interesting facts & stories. Recommend this tour.

"5 stars"

March 21, 2017 - 

Loved it. Patsy was an awesome guide. She didn't just spout the Chamber of Commerce party line, but she clearly loves Austin and I now have a much better appreciation of the city.

"Welcome to Austin"

February 25, 2017 - 

Having heard so much about this booming city, I had to come and check it out for myself, and what better way than experiencing the city with a local? Austin truly is a vibrant city, needs to work on its traffic flow, but the star of the tour was my guide Patsy, who was absolutely incredible! Felt less like a tour and more like meeting an old friend for the first time..

"Thanks for a great tour"

February 17, 2017 - 

We really enjoyed meeting Patsy and touring downtown Austin with her. I appreciated that she called us ahead of time to alert us to a large convention that left no parking spaces available and that she accommodated meeting us in a different location as a result. She was very knowledgeable about the historic and recent developments in the area. Highly recommend her and this tour.

"Excellent toir"

January 6, 2017 - 

Harrison was very friendly and knowledgeable. This was a great way to learn about Austin

"Harrison was fantastic and entertaining!"

January 5, 2017 - 

Great Tour and history of downtown

"Excellent tour"

December 28, 2016 - 

Very informative. Great guide. A good mix of information about how the city has changed over the past 40 years.

"Outstanding tour of Downtown Austin!"

December 22, 2016 - 

Patsy warmly welcomed me to the walk by name, which was just one of many ways she demonstrated her high level of professionalism and hospitality. Even though I live in Austin, I had never viewed my community through the lens of a tourist before; it was eye-opening! I'm looking forward to participating in the other walking tours that are offered as well.

"excellent tour"

December 2, 2016 - 

Everything one would expect. Informative, concise and efficient.

"Knowledgeable tour guide!"

November 8, 2016 - 

I was the only participant and Patsy adapted the tour to cover parts of Austin that I had not yet seen. She is passionate about living in Austin and it shows!

"Great tour "

October 27, 2016 - 

I had a great time on my tour this morning. I learned a lot about Austin and got a great overview of things to come back and check out in more depth later. Thanks!

"It was a really good interactive tour with a marvellous tour guide"

October 22, 2016 - 

We have seen lot of the little Museums (like O Henry House and the Fire Museum) and walked by The Driskill to the Bremond Block. This tour was great and it gave us much information both on History and the allday life in Austin


October 21, 2016 - 

My guide Patsy was wonderful. I loved my tour.


October 8, 2016 - 

We enjoy very tmuch the walking tour in Austin. Our tour guide was excellent and helpful. We could not hope for a beter guide.

"Superb informative tour"

October 5, 2016 - 

Patsy was just wonderful and a credit to the city of Austin to have such an outstanding lady meet visitors and share her knowledge and passion for your tremendous city. Thoroughly recommend to any visitor.

"A very nice walk !!! "

August 12, 2016 - 

Only when you walk in a town you can really see it !!! Patsy was an excellent quide for as!!! I hope to see her again in the futur in another tour. I will sent to you some beautiful photos !!! The only negative point is the hight temperature of summer in Austin.

"excellent tour"

July 19, 2016 - 

Patsy showed us around, told us lots of very interesting facts, answered all our questions

"Good Tour "

June 21, 2016 - 

Nice route and lovely tour guide. She shared a bit of history but we passed several historical buildings for which she didn't give the back story. Good tour but could have used a bit more information

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