Old/New Sights Walking Tour

Austin Tours

***Tours are temporarily suspended until June 2020***If you want to find a fun exploration of Austin’s unique past & present, then join us on our 90 minute easy trek through downtown Austin. On the tour we will see the historic homes of O. Henry (author) & Susanna Dickinson (Alamo heroine), explore the haunted Driskill Hotel, see the bridge that is home to the largest urban bat colony in America as well as listen to some fascinating true stories from a local expert. Join us as we explore a downtown neighborhood that has changed from a red-light district to an upscale shopping district that houses the studio for Austin City Limits. We leave from the Austin Visitors Center every Tuesday & Thursday at 9 a.m. We are outside most of the time so dress appropriately.

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 Street. The rates for parking are as follows: 2 hours- $5.00; 8 hours- $10.00; 12 hours-$15.00. No overnight parking. For more information please visit the Austin Convention Center website. 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.

"Great Morning!! "

February 28, 2020 - 

Well thought out with meaningful stops. Gary was a pleasure. Lots of Austin history both biographical and architectural. Austin lore combined with a look forward to this quickly expanding city. Truly enjoyable.

"Great and Casual Tour"

January 28, 2020 - 

Guide was very friendly and willing to share cool history and culture of Austin. It’s a good way to get an overview of the city, get recommendations from a local, and check out spots to return to later.

"Relaxing informative walk of downtown"

January 22, 2020 - 

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and walked us through the downtown core providing interesting information and history of the various buildings. She had a very easy going manner and the time seemed to fly.

"Fantastic tour "

January 14, 2020 - 

Loved it. Ended up being a private tour. Lucky us. And two guides for the price of one. Perfect intro to the city

"Excellent tour!"

October 22, 2019 - 

Marlena was our guide and she was awesome! So knowledgeable and personable. We learned a lot and saw so many interesting buildings and sites. Well worth the time!

"Once There tour was excellent!"

October 9, 2019 - 

Marilina was a fantastic tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.

"A nice tour! "

June 27, 2019 - 

Highly recommend!

"Old and New Tour"

June 7, 2019 - 

Excellent tour. Informative on Texas history and the new buildings.

"Fun and informative"

April 26, 2019 - 

Opportunities to ask questions, great overview of history and culture, Gary was an excellent educator and entertainer!


April 18, 2019 - 



April 2, 2019 - 

Our guide was very thoughtful, knowledgeable and sweet. Would reccomend the tour to a friend.


March 28, 2019 - 

I enjoyed the information on the tour and walking around the city.

"Excellent tour"

March 26, 2019 - 

Harrison is excellent. Knows Austin history inside out. I highly recommend the tour

"Great introduction to a new city"

March 21, 2019 - 

Excellent tour guide and a great way to get to know a new city.

"Knowledgeable and Casual"

March 10, 2019 - 

Our tour was quite small (only 3 participants... one who was 3 months old), and very enjoyable. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. He was able to not only give us the history of the areas that we visited, but also personal anecdotes of growing up in Austin & seeing the changes over the years. This was the best 10$ I spent during my week!

"What a fun and relaxed tour!"

December 20, 2018 - 

Spent about an hour and a half with our tour guide Gary. My girlfriend and I were visiting Austin from Chicago so we were interested in learning more about the history of the city. Would definitely recommend this tour.

"Great experience."

December 18, 2018 - 

I loved it.


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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