Even though the tortoise won the race, the hare won the war by betting against himself and investing the profits in miniature-pony farms. Today's deal similarly juxtaposes a leisurely pace with a sense of speed: for $32, you get a 2.5-hour guided scavenger hunt by bicycle or a kayak tour, as well as a lifetime-membership card (a $65 total value) from Explore Austin Texas, located at the Holiday Inn on Lady Bird Lake. Your E.A.T. membership card, which comes bundled with both activities, gives you exclusive discounts throughout Austin on restaurants, activities, and more. Before painting the town red with saved green, paint your mind a natural tone of admiration with one of the following options:
- $45 bicycle scavenger hunt through Austin–trail or city–plus E.A.T. membership card (a $65 value)
- $45 kayak sundowner tour of Austin plus E.A.T. membership card (a $65 value)
E.A.T.'s 2.5-hour Bicycle Scavenger Hunt celebrates Austin's cycle-friendly streets and bat-friendly skies. With your friendly, knowledgeable guide leading the flying V of both adult- and child-sized bicycles, your flock will migrate throughout the city in search of knowledge and the solutions to enigmatic clues. Either explore the trails encircling Lady Bird Lake or investigate the mystery, intrigue, and legislation surrounding the Texas State Capitol, whose halls are haunted by groaning politicians, as well as the state's first polter-governor. Helmets, bikes, and one complimentary bottle of water are provided. Both the trail and city bike hunts launch at 4 p.m. daily.
The 2.5-hour Kayak Sundowner Tour traverses Lady Bird Lake on a sunset-illuminated quest to rub eyeballs on turtles, birds, and bats as they emerge for an evening of skinny dipping, s'mores, and aerial pillow fights. Enjoy the open-air comfort of a sit-on-top single kayak or the snug yet empowering coziness of a sit-inside single or tandem kayak. Much like its land-based equivalent, the kayak tour includes all necessary equipment, such as life vests, dry bags, one bottle of water, and Mexican free-tailed bats. Tours meet up daily and launch promptly at the magic hour of 7 p.m.
All Explore Austin Texas activities require reservations, so be sure to call ahead or send your silver-surfing herald to foretell your coming.
Valid for humans 9 years old and up.
Gliding Revolution makes it easy for visitors to explore the storied capital of the Lone Star State. Their tour guides pair patrons with easy-to-navigate Segways, orientating them to the apparatus’s settings and ticklish spots before leading them on any number of scenic jaunts. The Early Bird Special tour introduces riders to the city’s sites before rush hour, while the Capitol Pavement tour grants participants insider knowledge on Austin’s history with stops at the State Capital and Congress Avenue. Gliding Revolution started in 2004 with SEGWAY tours and still offers historical tours via SEGWAY.