Free Historic Walking Tours of Austin

Update: Downtown Guided Walking Tours are now $10. Children 12 and under are free (one child per paying adult). 

Austin is full of history, and Austin Visitor Center offers two free, guided walking tours of downtown that help history buffs explore Austin’s past. Both tours depart from the south entrance of the Capitol building.

In the Historic Congress Avenue & Sixth Street tour, explore 19th century buildings such as the Old Bakery (1876), Millett Opera House (1878), Driskill Hotel (1886), Walter Tips Building (1876) and more, interwoven with today’s modern skyscrapers. Tour times are 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday and require a reservation 48 hours in advance. Download the Congress Ave/East 6th St Walking Tour brochure (PDF).

For a peek into the lives of Victorian-era high society, take a stroll through the Bremond Block Historic District, a collection of homes belonging to members of the John Bremond, Sr. family. Walking Tours take place at 11 a.m. Saturdays and require a 48 hour advance reservation.Other self-guided tours include the Texas State Cemetery, the resting place of many Texas heroes, and the West Austin area. If you would like to see historic Austin at your own pace, stop by the Austin Visitor Center on East 6th Street to pick up a brochure.

For more information, visit AustinTexas.org.

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Heidi Gollub
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages three to 15–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news.  Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.