Below are a number of add-on items. Feel free to add as many as you’d like, or add them ALL!
Congress dinner (Wednesday, 17 July)
This year’s Congress dinner is going to be super cool! It’ll be held on Wednesday evening on a boat on Lady Bird Lake in Austin (walking distance from the Palmer Events Center). From the boat, we’ll get to see the emergence of Mexican free-tailed bats from their harborage under the Congress Street Bridge, the largest metropolitan bat colony in the world. Price will include Tex-Mex dinner and drinks available in the air conditioned cabin of the boat or you can take your dinner to the top of the boat and enjoy the view and atmosphere of Austin.
$65.00Add to cart
Friday dragonflies tour (19 July)
On Friday, we’ll travel to some great dragonfly hotspots in the Austin area, which is home to 116 dragonfly and damselfly species! The tour includes travel by bus, lunch (included in price) will be catered by Austin Java, a locally owned restaurant that gets its ingredients locally. This event takes the place of the traditional mid-Congress tour. It’s optional, but highly encouraged!
$50.00Add to cart
Post-Congress tour (20-24 July)
The post congress tour will be from July 20th to July 24th in the Rio Grand Valley. The Rio Grand Valley is on the Texas-Mexico boarder and is a great place to see all sorts of unique dragonflies. We will charter a bus to our hotel, the Alamo Inn, in Alamo, Texas. From there we will hit locations like Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge and Benson Rio Grand State Park. All the locations that we will stop are hot spots for birding, butterflies and of course dragonflies. If you love dragonflies and amazing Tex-Mex food this is an ideal trip! For more information on the post trip click here.
$400.00Add to cart
Austin Area Tours for Accompanying Persons
Below are two optional excursions that have been organized for accompanying persons. You can select one or add them both to your cart to maximize your Austin fun!
1) Real Austin Tour (Monday, 15 July)
Discover the best of the city in just two hours! This fast-paced “bucket list” tour gives visitors a great snapshot of Austin: get dizzy gazing upward at the Capitol’s dome, indulge in decadent treats from iconic food trucks, explore cool outdoor art, snap photos at city landmarks, and check out funky neighborhoods only a local would know about. This detour is jam-packed with facts, history and trivia on everything from Whole Foods to the UT campus, and everyone from Michael Dell to Willie Nelson. By the time you’re done with this tour, you’ll be able to say you “get” Austin – the history, people, music, culture, food and what keeps it “weird.” If you’re looking for a snappy quick overview of the city, or just need to prove to the social media universe you were in Austin this is the detour for you!
$50.00Add to cart
2) Wildflower Center and Salt Lick BBQ (Wednesday, 17 July)
Let’s head for the hills! This road trip takes you out of Austin and into our beloved Hill Country. Before we start tasting delicious foods, we begin this adventure with a serene visit to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Take in the beauty and inspiration that comes from not only the gorgeous landscape but Lady Bird’s history herself! We’ll then wind through the hills and arrive at the most famous BBQ pit in Central Texas – The Salt Lick. You’ll experience why 2,000 people a day flock here to indulge on famous brisket and out of this world sides. This is the quintessential Hill Country tour!
$100.00Add to cart
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