Austin in a Nutshell

Why We Love This

  • Tour of Many Austin Landmarks
  • Get to know the history and culture of Austin
  • Hybrid bike, basket, helmet, and water included

Barton Springs Bike Rental & Tours

Come see all that Austin has to offer! Our leisurely 10 mile Austin in a Nutshell Tour is the best way to see all of the notable landmarks in and around downtown, as well as the famous Lady Bird Lake Trail! The tour begins by going along the famous Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Barton Springs Pool area, and Zilker Park. It then turns north to the Texas State Capitol where you will not only see downtown close up, but also learn a lot of the city's history. It is a great way to see a really large swath of Austin.

What You'll Do

The tour begins by going along Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Lake (Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail). We will ride the boardwalk, see Historic Rainey Street, visit our Texas State Capitol and explore downtown all while getting exercise all along the way while enjoying gorgeous views of our downtown skyline. It is a great way to see a really large swath of Austin.

Insider Tips

This is a great tour for someone who wants to see a lot of the city and get some exercise. It is not hard, but it is also not easy. You should be in reasonable shape.

Age & Fitness

This is a relatively flat ride but it covers a good bit of territory. You should be in relatively good shape and somewhat confident at bike riding.

Meeting Location

1707 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

What Should I Bring

Comfortable shoes to ride a bike in and a camera for all the great photo opportunities!

When To Arrive

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.


There is parking adjacent to the shop.

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. We may cancel due to rain or other inclement weather. In these cases, we will issue full refunds.

"Awesome time! "

February 25, 2020 - 

George was great and we really enjoyed the tour! Definitely brought our whole trip of Austin together.

"Fun tour!"

February 25, 2020 - 

Definitely not what I would call a challenging bike ride but a fun way to see more of the city with someone who definitely knew their stuff!

"Highlight of our trip"

February 18, 2020 - 

What a great way to see the Austin!!! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. The ride took us to so many great spots and our guide,Toby, told us all about Austin history. This is the BEST way to begin your Austin vacation!!!

"Great tour"

February 15, 2020 - 

Great way to get a good feel for the city and see some key sights. Our guide was awesome. Definitely take this bike tour


February 7, 2020 - 

Excellent, informative and fun tour of the city with George! Highly recommended!

"Great intro to this beautiful city"

February 1, 2020 - 

George was a great guide who introduced us to scenic Austin, historic Austin, tech Austin and bar/music Austin, all in a fun ride around the city.

"Great experience!! "

January 25, 2020 - 

Friendly staff and a great tour! George was funny, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Would give more stars if possible. Definitely recommend!!

"Great ride!"

December 28, 2019 - 

Casual, informative. Best way to see Austin

"Great time "

December 4, 2019 - 

Great tour, great guide, saw lots of Austin, would definitely recommend it!


November 25, 2019 - 

George was such a cool and amazing tour guide. This tour was the best possible start to a great weekend in Austin!

"Great time!"

November 17, 2019 - 

The tour was a lot of fun and Jorge was awesome! Definitely recommend as a fun way to see the sites in Austin.

"Best bike Tour"

November 2, 2019 - 

Loved the tour, insightful & fun! George was the best!!

"Gréât tour"

October 27, 2019 - 

Gréât overview of thé vibrant city of Austin Our guide , Georges was funny ans just excellent !

"Fun and challenging ride"

October 24, 2019 - 

Frank was a fantastic guide around downtown Austin! He knew lots of facts about the city, and he was super engaging. He made a point to ask questions about our lives, then point out things that might interest us. I appreciated the tips and his friendliness. I was a solo traveler to Austin, and I originally booked with another company. Unfortunately, I was the only person booked for the tour, and they have a 2-person minimum for the tour. Needless to say, when I arrived, they told me my tour was cancelled. I was disappointed at first. Now I’m happy that I had to choose another company!


October 23, 2019 - 

What a fun way to get to know Austin. Our tour guide George was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I highly recommend this tour!

"Do this first"

October 21, 2019 - 

George was a great tour guide & super energetic. This was a great way to navigate the city before exploring on our own.

"Awesome bike ride!!"

October 14, 2019 - 

Brandon is a great guide and have knowledge and patience. Bike ride across the city is fun. Feels like we should have little more time to click more pictures and enjoy every spot.

"So much fun!"

October 6, 2019 - 

Great tour guide and awesome experience.

"Awesome Tour Guide & Awesome Tour!"

October 1, 2019 - 

The tour was absolutely fantastic. Jacob, the tour guide had some amazing knowledge and took me around to all of the sights, on and off the tourist trail. If I'm in Austin again, even though I've been on the Austin in a Nutshell tour, I would very much go on the same tour again, and possibly book myself on one of the other tours as well.

"Great experience"

September 30, 2019 - 

I spent a super fun afternoon riding around Austin with George, the tour guide. Turned out I was the only guest on the tour, so I had a private tour. George is knowledgeable and friendly, and a huge fan of Austin, which made the ride memorable. Highlights include the great path system, Rainey street and the Austin power plant.

"Great way to get to know Austin"

September 29, 2019 - 

George was a great tour guide. He showed us all the highlights of Austin at a relaxed pace and adjusted the tour for what we were interested in. It was a great way to see lots of Austin and get a feel for what we wanted to return to for further exploration. Highly recommended.

"Great Tour"

September 24, 2019 - 

Our guide was amazing, Jorge was very knowledgable. I am so glad I did it, learned about the local flair, some history and enjoyed the scenic ride along bike & hike trail as well as the city. Very safe. Highly recommend

" Austin in a nutshell "

August 29, 2019 - 

Wonderful tour today and a great way to get an initial introduction to Austin! It’s a beautiful city, great biking gopportunities and we had a wonderful tour guide – Jacob. Friendly staff at the shop.Highly recommend!

"It was great!"

August 13, 2019 - 

Chip did a great job and the ride was a great way to see the sights.


August 13, 2019 - 

Jacob took us out even though it was 105 degrees. Great tour of Austin. Friendly staff.

"Awesome experience "

August 8, 2019 - 

Great opportunity to really get to know parts of the city you wouldn’t normally see. Jacob was an excellent guide and even threw in a couple of spots to stop at that had special interest to us. If I could give more than 5 stars I would

"Fun Excursion "

July 4, 2019 - 

We enjoyed riding along the Town Lake trail and hearing about the history of everything interesting. Jacob did a great job as our tour guide. I would recommend this tour to friends.

"Must do!"

June 28, 2019 - 

What a wonderful way to take in the city! Did this on our first full day and it was the best decision. Austin is beautiful by bicycle, and we saw places we otherwise would have missed. The company is incredibly organized. Chip was our guide and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable and nice. Don’t miss this!

"Austin in a Nutshell "

June 21, 2019 - 

What a great way to explore Austin! We saw places we wouldn't have seen otherwise and our guide was so knowledgable and shared a lot of information about Austin's history. We don't ride bikes too much and were probably a little slow but our guide was very patient with us. I would definately recommend this tour to anyone visiting Austin!

"Great way to tour Austin!"

May 29, 2019 - 

The bike tour is a great way to see Austin. The guide is knowledgeable about the city history. Wonderful way to get exercise and see the city. So much fun! Highly recommended. (must be able to bike 10 miles)

"Great Choice!"

May 24, 2019 - 

We loved our bike tour with Daniel! It was our first time to Austin and we did it early in the trip so we could really get a feel for the city. The bikes were excellent, the pace was great and best of all Daniel really was fun and funny and was really conscientous about making sure everyone was safe and stayed together on the trip. Would definitely recommend.

"Great tour for our limited time"

May 23, 2019 - 

Daniel was our guide who was enthusiastic knowledgeable and fun to show us around the central areas of Austin - highly recommend


May 20, 2019 - 

Very informative. Great way to see the city

"Great tour, well paced and informative. Daniel added lots of local colour."

May 20, 2019 - 

First rate. Good equipment and well informed guide - would recommend.

"Great experience "

May 19, 2019 - 

Enjoyed our morning with Chip. Good info, safe route, Braisted Birthday Bike Bash.

"Great tour and Chip was supper helpful"

May 16, 2019 - 

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Bikes were good, distance was right, mostly on safe off-road trails. Chip, our tour guide, was excellent. Highly recommend!

"The Best Way to Discover the Real Austin"

May 2, 2019 - 

We just spent the day at the Food and Wine Festival and had scheduled an afternoon 2 hour bike tour. Being a little bit older I wasn't sure how I would fair but once we got started the adrenaline started flowing. The two hour trip (which turned out to be 2.5 hours) takes you on the best tour of Austin. The majority of the trip is on the trails and paths along the river. We visited springs that are a popular swimming spot. We rode down past the "Bat Bridge". Next over the river into downtown up to the State Capital. Our guide Brandon was excellent (he only works weekends). He gave us a tremendous amount of insight as to what Austin is all about. I fed off of his energy which enabled me to last the 10 miles. The equipment is great, the staff is great the tour is great, overall the best way to see Austin.

"Do it!!"

April 21, 2019 - 

This bike tour was amazing! It was the perfect way to learn about the city and cover a lot of ground in a couple of hours. Brandon was great!!

"Great Sunday Ride"

April 21, 2019 - 

Nice tour, covered a lot of sights. Brandon was excellent guide. Many thanks


April 13, 2019 - 

Awesome place to see


April 12, 2019 - 

A great way to see the city!

"Great Bike Tour/Great Guide"

April 6, 2019 - 

My daughter and I had an awesome time on the Austin Nutshell Tour. It was a fun leisurely 10 mile ride along a lot of water ways and through the parks plus some time in the city. There were plenty of stops for picture taking and learning about the history.Our guide, Santi, was fantastic as well. The rental place was very quick and helpful finding us a bike that fit and outfitting us with baskets, helmets if desired and free water bottles. I would definitely recommend this bike rental company over the other big one in town. I tried several times over the course of several days and at different times to call the other one to just ask a question. There was never an answer, no voicemail and after my email it took several days for them to get back to me. Barton Bikes answered immediately and was friendly and helpful from the beginning. Go with them.

"Fun way to see Austin"

March 29, 2019 - 

Guide was upbeat, funny and kept things moving along. The bikes were not that great. Husbands bike seat kept going down. My bike made a lot of racket and jumped between gears.

"Great tour"

March 27, 2019 - 

Excellent overview of scenic river trail and downtown sites.

"Awesome tour"

March 27, 2019 - 

I just loved the bike tour. Chip was great, he told many interesting things about the city. I would recommend it to everybody

"Awesome "

March 23, 2019 - 

Great overview of the city. Guide was fantastic. Staff at Barton Springs couldn’t be more accommodating.

"Fantastic tour, Santiago was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide to Austin!"

March 8, 2019 - 

Good tour for first timers who want an overview of the downtown area.

"Great experience!"

March 4, 2019 - 

Great start to my trip in Austin! Got to bike through very nice areas and trails, and the guide was very nice and informed. Would highly recommend if it is your first time in Austin and would like an active tour of the city!

"The perfect way to see Austin!"

February 24, 2019 - 

There’s no better way to see a city than a bike tour - thanks, Brandon!

"Fantastic tour of Austin Gabriel "

February 23, 2019 - 

Gabriel was a great tour guide. Learned alot of cool facts about the city and was able to see some landmarks. Gabriel was able to cater to us being better bikers so we got to see more! And shorty the dog s cute and friendly!

"Excellent! Worth the $$"

February 21, 2019 - 

We had a blast learning all about Austin from a local’s perspective. Brandon was awesome!

"Loved it!"

February 19, 2019 - 

We loved the Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour! It is great for all ages. We had a group of 6, ranging from age 18-70! Be prepared to make a lot of stops. The 10 miles feels like much less distance since you start and stop so often.


February 15, 2019 - 

Yeah, just great

"Great bicycle tour through Austin "

February 2, 2019 - 

Really enjoyed our time with Santi. Fun and enjoyable time.

"Great way to kick off our visit!"

January 27, 2019 - 

Our tour guide showed us the best of Zilker Park and all the cool stuff on both sides of the Colorado river. Well maintained bikes. Watched out for our safety. A great business.

"Austin in a nutshell"

January 24, 2019 - 

Great tour - hit a lot of interesting facts about the city you wouldn't have an appreciation for otherwise, a little exercise, but not too much. Recommended!

"Great overview of Austin"

January 21, 2019 - 

Fun to get out on bike in beautiful Austin. Learned a lot and covered a lot of ground. Thank you!!

"A great way to take in Austin"

January 21, 2019 - 

I thoroughly enjoyed the cycle tour. It showed me parts of Austin I might never have seen as a lone tourist. Most definitely worth the money.

"Face tired from smiling "

January 17, 2019 - 

What a fun morning with Branden! He kept us safe and entertained! Just right exertion level!

"Great tour"

January 1, 2019 - 

We loved our tour and our guide took some great photos for us! Much appreciated!

"Fun ride in AUSTIN."

December 30, 2018 - 

Rob was our guide and the tour live up to the awesome reviews. I would recommend this tour company to everyone who wants to see Austin up close and personal. Plus the bike ride was healthy and invigorating and was a perfect antidote for the long trip to get here.

"Gabrielle was outstanding"

December 26, 2018 - 

Gabrielle was an outstanding host mixing history, humor and local knowledge to provide my family with a terrific experience. His love of wildlife made it especially enjoyable for us.

"Relaxing and informative!"

December 24, 2018 - 

My guide Omar (spelling?) was great! Not only was he able to lead the tour with confidence, he also had a lot of knowledge to each of the stops we made and offered a lot of information anytime I asked a question. Throughout the ride, I discovered a lot of hidden gems within the city of Austin that aren't always 'Tourist Attractions' and that is essentially what I really wanted to experience going on this ride. The ride was wonderful, the city is beautiful and the general cycling culture here is very friendly. I would highly recommend this to anyone who's in ATX for the first time or just an old-timer like me who wanted to see the city through a cyclist's perspective.

"Bike tour review "

December 17, 2018 - 

Great tour. Gabriel was awesome!

"Awesome way to see Austin!"

November 10, 2018 - 

My wife and I were visiting Austin for the first time for a weekend getaway. We booked this tour based on reviews and I’m glad we did! A really great way to see Austin and a lot of fun! Cody was a pleasant and informative guide. Highly recommend!

"Enjoyable ride through Austin "

November 5, 2018 - 

Overall an enjoyable ride which allowed us to see the sights without a car! More road biking than expected, but we felt confident in our guide to keep us safe.


October 28, 2018 - 

So much fun!!!

"Great way to see Austin is on a bike"

October 16, 2018 - 

This is our first bike tour and it was great. We were able to see so much of Austin on this bike tour and it was beautiful. The tour guide Santiago was great, very informative and had great energy.

"Very nice"

October 6, 2018 - 

The tour guides Gabriel and Athena were very informative and friendly. We stopped often and it was easy to take a breather. ( A bit hilly in places) The tour was very interesting and we learned quite a bit of trivia. Enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to anyone that can ride a bike.


September 30, 2018 - 

The tour still went on, even though it started pouring 10 mins into the tour! Our tour guide gave us the option of going back or to continue, 6/8 people continued and it was an adventure.. great tour

"Great time!!"

September 27, 2018 - 

My guide was very knowledgeable! Would recommend to anyone visiting Austin

"Awesome tour"

September 15, 2018 - 

Great bike tour. Steven, our guide, was fantastic. This tour is a great way to see the city.

"Great guided ride "

September 13, 2018 - 

Great overview of the city

"Exceĺlent tour! Really enjoyed it"

October 21, 2017 - 

Cody was our tour guide. Loved how relaxed and fun it was!

"Great way to enjoy Austin highlights and being outdoors"

October 19, 2017 - 

Felt like I was taking a trip through the city with some friends, really relaxed and fun, Austin is great!

"Great tour"

October 13, 2017 - 

The bike tour was a great way to see just about everything quickly as a first timer to Austin. Santiago and Max did a great job. I hadn't ridden a bike in 5 years and the tour wasn't an too difficult

"Great experience!"

October 12, 2017 - 

Everything about this tour was great! The guys in the shop fitted us with bikes quickly, offered water, etc. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun, and the tour itself was relaxed and professional. I highly recommend this tour for visitors to Austin!


October 12, 2017 - 

I had a very nice tour of the city and learnt a lot about Austin. I had a one on one tour because I was the only person who signed up for that time slot (4pm). I was hesitant at first but Gabriel really made me feel at ease and we enjoyed a few laughs along the way.

"Great way to see the City! "

October 1, 2017 - 

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour...guides were super friendly and informative! Nice way to see the city, avoid the traffic and get some exercise as well! I always think riding a bike lets you see a place up close in a different way than in a car!

"Wonderful ride, wonderful guide!"

September 28, 2017 - 

The bike tour was perfect! We saw just about everything in Austin from local fairs to downtown high rises. Our guide, Steven was full of wonderful information and was an absolute delight to ride with. The service at the shop was great and everyone involved was so down to earth and helpful. Thank you, thank you!

"Great tour of Austin!"

September 23, 2017 - 

The tour was wonderful. Great way to see all the different neighborhoods and attractions!


September 19, 2017 - 

Had a lot of fun biking around Austin and hearing a bit of history behind it. Beautiful scenery.


September 19, 2017 - 

I met the whole crew - Mark , Colby Stephen and one other guy - shoot forgot his name. Anyway, I was lucky to have a private tour by Stephen - he knew so much about Austin and the ease of the ride and conversation was bar none! If I was visiting Austin take a ride with these folks you will not be disappointed. They even drive me to my next destination- that what I call 5 star customer service!

"We got to see everything in one day!"

August 24, 2017 - 

Me and my friend were just here for a day, and with the bike tour we got to all interesting points and saw everything we wanted to see in just a few hours! The guides were great and told us a lot of stuff about the city. Would definetely do it again👍🏼

"Great way to explore"

June 26, 2017 - 

Bikes, guide and route: all very good. It's a pleasantly paced tour to see some of the highlights of Austin, and get a sense of the relaxed atmosphere in the city. Worth doing if you want to be active, and get a feel and some orientation for the city in a few hours.


June 17, 2017 - 

Stephen was an awesome tour guide! So much fun and I learned some interesting Austin facts too (even after living here for 4 years!) I don't bike much but I was able to do everything. Definitely recommend!

"great bike tour of AUstin"

June 4, 2017 - 

A great way to get an overview of Austin. Guides ( Cody and Steve) were caring, and attentive and very knowledgeable.

"Great experience"

May 27, 2017 - 

Our guides Cody and Stephen were knowledgeable and fun, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sites along the tour. The bikes were in good shape. We were provided helmets, baskets on the bikes (if needed), and bottles of water, as well as a complimentary ride back to our hotel after the tour.

"Cody is amazing!!!"

May 6, 2017 - 

A must do if you are visiting Austin!!!

"Fun and easy"

April 17, 2017 - 

A tad light on the info aspect but a pretty ride with fun guides


April 8, 2017 - 

The tour was very fun. Our guide was very friendly and it was a great ride. The entire process is well set up. They will pick you up before and drop you off after your tour if you need. I definitely recommend this company if you want a fun bike tour around Austin.

"Great bike tour"

April 6, 2017 - 

Had a very good time with Casey leading and providing history, recommendations. I felt well cared for as we rode and toured the lakefront, state house, and night spots. He gave me great suggestions for restaurants and things to do.

"Saturday morning cycle"

February 25, 2017 - 

Sasha was great, the tour left on time, heard lots of great Austin stories and history and facts. Could have gone another 2 hrs easily. - what about a ride through Uni of Texas?

"Very friendly and informative guide."

February 18, 2017 - 

Hit all the high points of the city, and I got a bit of a workout.

"Best way to see Austin"

February 10, 2017 - 

Some girlfriends and I went to Austin for a long weekend. This was the best thing we did while there. It took us to all of the major sites of the city. Plus our tour guide Daniel provided us with a lot of history about the city as well. I would highly recommend this tour to visitors. And I would suggest doing it at the beginning of your visit so you can get familiar with the city and see where you would like to go back to.

"A fantastic morning with an exceptional guide Sascha"

February 5, 2017 - 

Everything was perfect and everyone who worked there was lovely and helpful, particularly our guide Sascha. Went on a great bike ride that helped me get an excellent sense of Austin Exactly what I was hoping for - my expectations were exceeded! Thanks for a great morning Sascha and for all your wonderful suggestions of where to eat in Austin. Went to the taco place right after and it was just as good as you said it would be.

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