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Esther's follies and Segway tour

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Esther's follies and Segway tour

I am the trip planner for 7 adults, ages 40 to 50 visiting Audtin mid October. Soooo, a lot f reassure on me to come up with fun stuff to do. Have read about both Esther's follies and the Segway tours. Both certainly have mixed reviews. Hoping to get some input here. Do NOT want some hokey Branson like show where people politely chuckle. Have already booked a food tour. But any tiger suggestions are great, just looking for a fun out of the box group activity. It is a relaxed, intelligent, open minded, physically fit but not super outdoorsy group. Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Esther's follies and Segway tour

Esthers Follies is no hokey show... read the reviews on yelp:

www.yelp.com/biz/esthers-follies-austin-2

Segway tours are just fun because you get to ride (drive?) a segway through town. The tours themselves are okay, but the big draw is getting to ride the segway. If your group has never done this, it's very easy and lots of fun.

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2. Re: Esther's follies and Segway tour

Do.The.Segway.

The hour and a half one (noon) is great. See my recent TA review at Segway Nation for specifics.

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3. Re: Esther's follies and Segway tour

Esther's Follies is hilarious. Very, very entertaining.

Segway Tour is also fun and the Food Tour is currently getting rave reviews.

Bob Bullock History Musuem, down the street from the Capitol of Texas is beautiful. Even if your group does not want to buy a ticket to the actual museum part, you can go into the beautiful rotunda and the gift shop is very large and best in my opinion. There is also no fee to go up to the second floor to the very nice order at the counter light fare and snack cafe with nice atmosphere and a veranda to enjoy if you want to sit outside.

On the east side of the Capital grounds is another small gift shop with more very nice Texas souvenirs.

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com

Another favorite place and two great breakfast venues is the 2nd St. District downtown with wonderful shops, eateries and sidewalk cafes. My two faves are Cafe Java with big outdoor seating area and Jo's:

http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com

If your group is a big fan of the tv show Dallas and money is no object, then I have just the place for dinner only. They are not open for lunch. The famous Driskill Hotel Grill is where JR Ewing would have hung out. If you can't swing that kind of bill, then walk up to the second floor and have a drink in the hotel bar. Go to Google Images to see photos of it. The hotel also has the 1886 Bakery Cafe open from Bkfst to dinner. I have had good and I have had bad there. I like it so much, I just keep going back.

http://www.driskillhotel.com

There is a brand new Tex Mex restaurant downtown that just opened and is has lovely decor:

http://www.unclejulios.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG1yhgvBXd0

Lastly you have to visit the beautiful Whole Foods at the corner of Lamar and 6th. It is a giant grocery store/cafeteria. You pick your meal and then they can take the elevator up to the roof and dine outside or there are tables inside. This would be ideal after the Segway !

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJRQyxvmA5M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_k8vzcse98

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_z_3Nr21rw

The SoCo district is about 6 block South of downtown on Congress Ave. Hop on the 1L or 1M city bus that goes down Congress Ave from the downtown area for $1 (have correct chg, he won't break a $5).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE9G98VUbCk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4xFU8YLVO4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LCp_8C6hE0

Note: The food trucks you see on South Congress videos are no longer there. A hotel is being built where they were parked. They are elsewhere all over Austin and some downtown.

Be sure and hit Gourdoughs fabulous gourmet donuts on 6th street across from Esther's Follies:

http://www.gourdoughs.com

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4. Re: Esther's follies and Segway tour

Esther's Follies is great fun. The acts are clever and entertaining.

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5. Re: Esther's follies and Segway tour

We love Esther's Follies and took 24 people there for my husband's 50th. It was so much fun we've been twice with other friends who decided to do the same for their birthday.

While the Driskill Grill is closed for lunch, the 1886 cafe at the Driskill is open and a great place for lunch. They have a burger with brisket and queso that is amazing.

Elephant room for Jazz is fun - http://www.elephantroom.com/

We frequently end up at Pete's Piano bar after Esther's - http://www.petesduelingpianobar.com/

Enjoy your stay!

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