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Free Walking Tours of Austin Texas for Students and Visitors

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Are you a new student to the University of Texas or a visitor just want to learn more about the history of Austin?  Why not take a FREE walking tour of Austin that is offered by the Austin Convention and Visitors Center? There are two free guided walking tours of historical homes and places in downtown Austin. The South entrance of the Capitol building serves as the departure point for two free guided-walking tours of downtown that help history buffs explore Austin’s past.  Reservations are required – click here

The Historic Congress Avenue & Sixth Street tour

The 10-block Congress Avenue and nine-block Sixth Street (Pecan Street) National Register Districts interweave modern skyscrapers with 19th century buildings such as the Old Bakery (1876), Millett Opera House (1878), Driskill Hotel (1886), Walter Tips Building (1876) and free-austin-walking-tour-old-bakeryRobinson-Rosner Building (1856). Historic structures such as St. Mary’s Cathedral (1874) and St. David’s Church (1854) reflect Old World architecture. The Historic Congress Avenue & Sixth Street tour times are 9 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday and require a reservation 48 hours in advance.

Bremond Block Historic District tour

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 Sundays and require a 48 hour advance reservation.

Other self-guided tours, offer a look at historic Hyde Park, one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, and 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 to pick up brochures produced by the Heritage Marketing Department.

Download Congress Avenue/East 6th St. Walking Tour Brochure»PDF Download

For Tour Information contact the Austin Visitor Center: 866-GO-AUSTIN
Planning a pre-formed group (motor coach) tour? Please contact Linda Moore: 512-583-7232

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Austin – Available year-round Thursday through Sunday (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday, weather permitting.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – (If you need to make or cancel a reservation, please contact the Austin Visitor Center at 512-478-0098 or 866-GO-AUSTIN as far in advance as possible (preferably a 48-hour notice.)

Bremond Block
Saturday and Sunday: 11am– 90 minutes

Congress Avenue & E. Sixth Street
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am

Sunday, 2pm– 90 minutes

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