We're so excited to kick off our Guide of the Month appreciation series! At ATC we have a great community of local experience guides that show our guests how to fully experience Austin.
This month's experience guide is an ATC OG - Mario Robles. Mario has been with ATC for almost two years. He's worked a range of dynamic experiences and events with us including Dripping Springs brewery tours, Bat Cruises on Lady Bird Lake, SXSW, X Games, Sound on Sound Fest, Austin Monthly cover collaboration events, private corporate events and bi-lingual city tours. Mario is a dynamic employee who is able to lead any event with the most fun, professional attitude.
Mario's favorite ATC experience is the Libations Trail Ride. The Libations Trail Ride leaves from Downtown Austin every Saturday and takes guests down the winding Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs, TX. Guests spend the day sipping on craft cocktails and spirits while Mario gives them all the insider need-to-know information. "I enjoy that it is one...more
Experience Austin as a local (or with locals) on one of many upcoming summer experiences with Austin Tour Company! From River Floats to Bat Cruises and Bar Crawls - there is something for everyone to do across the city limits.
$55 per person
We're teaming up with Austin Monthly to bring their 101 Fun Things of Summer issue to life. Get off the couch and come experience what makes Austin so unique on a customized weekend experience! Tickets include transportation, 4 surprise stops and complimentary food/beverage.
Starting at $49 per person
The best season of the year has arrived - floating season! Come float the San...more
There’s a lot of pressure that comes with choosing a state flower - for Texas this was no exception. Over a 100 years ago, lawmakers were faced with this decision and there were a few options in the running - the cactus, the cotton boll and the bluebonnet. We all know how the story ends, but what you may not know is that women were actually the only ones in favor of the bluebonnet. It is said that the men only agreed on the bluebonnet to keep the women happy; and we’re delighted they did.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and our state flower is doing its best to live up to those expectations. Technically, we have six because there are several species of bluebonnets. To brag on our great state even further, the two prominent species of bluebonnets are only naturally found in Texas and nowhere else in the world!
Shortly after the bluebonnet became Texas’ state flower, the Texas Department of Transportation noticed that bluebonnets were among the first vegetation to appear along the roadside, so they decided to maintain them. Maintaining the flowers became of...more
Bats have inhabited Austin since the beginning of the city in 1839; however, people haven’t always been welcome to them. In fact, in the mid 1980s the city actually petitioned to have them eradicated completely. The Congress Avenue Bridge renovation in 1980 created a wider deck, bigger piers, and narrower steel beams with cracks and crevices - perfect for a bat colony. By 1984 the colony grew to roughly 750,000 bats. The huge spike in the bat population created a fear of rabies, and a public health crisis ensued forcing the city to consider filling in all the cracks and crevices to prevent bat roosts from forming.
In 1985, Bat Conservation International had become aware of Austin’s bat problem, and in an effort to save the colony, relocated its headquarters to Austin, Texas. Bat Conservation International launched educational campaigns about the benefits of bats for eating mosquitos and other pests, and their low occurrences of rabies. Shortly after their arrival, the city had changed its mind about bats and began to...more
What you need to know about craft cocktails and why you should be drinking them.
After Prohibition, there was a rise in big corporate entities and artisan spirits quickly disappeared, along with recipes, bartenders, and bar techniques. However, beginning in the early 90’s, the creation of cocktails became a craft. Bartenders emerged as artists and began experimenting and adding passion and skill to make some creative drinks. Craft cocktails are not a fad, they are the direction of where the alcohol status quo is headed, and they are not going anywhere.
So why should you indulge in a fancy craft cocktail?
Craft cocktails use fresh ingredients. Homemade mixers, proper ice, and premium liquors. The result? A delicious, fresh, and flavorful beverage specially crafted for you.
Knowledge is power. There is nothing better than ordering a unique drink that no one has ever heard of. Not only does a unique cocktail start up a conversation, but it’s also impressive to...
Street art, according to experts, is believed to have started in New York in the 1960s. It didn’t take long to find its way all over the world. Austin has always been able to keep that creative outlet alive. When street art came to the city, a new sense of enchantment poured throughout the streets. Around every corner, down every alley, and behind every door there is something worth discovering - because even in the smallest of details – Austin keeps it interesting.
People enjoy art for many reasons, particularly because Austin’s street art is vibrant, diverse, creative, and sometimes a little weird. That “weirdness” represents the city and the people who inhabit it. Every new mural further reinforces that Austin plays by it’s own rules. The city embraces art – enjoying it is a way of bringing people together.
Hop aboard a unique street art experience with us to share your love for Austin, your love for art, your love for your BF and BFF’s – or anyone you care about. Explore some of the most treasured street art in Austin, discover something new, and who knows -...more
Anna Altinger, Jordan Harris
Press pause on busy city life for a moment and hop aboard our Libations Trail Ride as we drive down the booziest road in Central Texas - Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs. Here we will experience some of the Texas Hill Country’s most unique breweries and distilleries.
It’s only fitting that your first stop is at Jester King Brewery — the Libations Trail pioneer. Their large, spread out landscape alone is a hill country must see. The outside is scattered with picnic tables, lights strung throughout the trees and families with their dogs strolling around the grounds. As you approach the entry, a friendly staff member greets you and hands you their incredibly detailed tasting room menu. Through clear, sunny skies you are free to venture to the outdoor bar or inside to the tasting room where you can try over 60 craft beers. The Figlet was a favorite among our trail riders. Once you pick your favorite brew, walk down the cobblestone steps and let your nose guide...more