We’re Austin Detours, a locally-owned family business that loves to have fun! We got our start because our mother moved down the street and our mother-in-law would visit for a month at a time. We loved having them around, but wanted them to get out of the house and explore. Then we became envious and wanted get out and have fun too. So we decided we’d make a living having fun. We’re now the largest tour company in Austin and can work with the lone traveler up to corporate groups of 500. No matter what size the group, we want to make sure everyone feels like our good friend, hence our tagline…
“Come as strangers, leave as friends”
A true Austin experience. We provide themed experiences to both locals and visitors. Our tours are the perfect combination of headline Austin and offbeat Austin. Our guides are local artists, musicians, foodies, writers and actors: people who are part of the fabric of the city and offer unique insights and unique facts. We are not your average bus tour. Everyone knows you can’t experience a city by looking out the window so our tours consist of whizzing around town, popping in and out of all the coolest places.
Experience the real Austin
Experience Austin's Live Music
Austin has over 270 live music venues, many of which are outside of downtown and tucked into neighborhoods. Skip cover bands and jam out to authentic music with us all over the city. Along the way, we’ll chat about music history, get the latest scoop on the current music scene, see iconic venues and new clubs on the scene, and get an overview of the city. Our live music tours are led by a local musician.Three hours, 2-3 venues, and still home by 10 or 11 pm! This tour simply rocks! Meet us at Java Jive at the Hilton Hotel.
Friday Night 7-10pm
Saturday Night 8-11 pm
Barton Springs Pool in Austin's favorite swimming hole. Located on the edge of Zilker Park its a great place to escape the heat and enjoy the outdoors.
South Congress Avenue near downtown Austin (aka SoCo shopping district) is known for its Bohemian energy. Supporting the Keep Austin Wierd motto, you can find hip new stores, funky restaurants, and groovy bars.
Enjoy sleight-of-hand magic, stage illusions and an array of audience participation magic as well as a museum showcasing the history of magic.
The Rainey Street District is one of Austin's hottest night life scene. Comprised of mostly old homes converted into bars and restaurants, there are several unique and interesting places to eat and buy drinks for a perfect night of barhopping. With several bars, each with its own personalty, there is a place for everyone
Austin's Lady Bird Lake winds 10 miles through downtown Austin featuring spectacular views, photo opportunities, and a great place for some exercise!
Located on Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in downtown Austin, Texas. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises offers daily sightseeing and bat watching tours along Lady Bird Lake aboard environmentally-friendly vessels.
Mount Bonnell in Austin, TX is one of Austin's oldest tourist attractions being documented as far back as 1850. It is the highest point within Austin City Limits which helps create spectacular views.
Experience Austin's F1 track on a go karts that go up to 55 miles per hour at Circuit of the Americans. It's every turn, every corner, and all the action you can handle!
Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures offers a unique and thrilling way to view Lake Travis, one of Austin's most visually appealing lakes due to the rolling hills that surround it. Explore this unique and exciting adventure today.
Austin Duck Adventures offers a combined land and water tour of Austin sights with amphibious vehicles. It's the ultimate Austin adventure.