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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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Austin, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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Watch more than a million bats fly out of the Congress Avenue Bridge on an evening kayak tour of Austin that’s timed to catch the spectacular natural show. Observing the Congress Avenue Bridge bats from a kayak means you don’t have to find a spot among the crowds on the riverbank, giving you a front-row seat as the Mexican free-tailed bats take to the sky.
  • No experience needed: Included lesson gets you out on the water
  • See the Congress Avenue Bridge bats from the river
  • Great chance to see the city lights after dark
  • Convenient departure point in a central location
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Professional guide
Life jacket
Paddle lesson and safety instructions
Glowstick Bracelet
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

600 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Recommend you wear swimsuit, windbreaker jacket, or lightly layered synthetic clothing
  • Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera, bottle water, bug repellent, towel, and extra change of clothes
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lone Star Kayak Tours, llc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Must do in Austin!
, Jun 2021
This was the coolest thing we did in Austin. Connor, our guide was hilarious and very personable. He made sure everyone had a great time and he was very knowledgeable about the city, the lake, and the bats. Being on the lake is fun and seeing the bats fly is oddly beautiful and exciting. I’d highly recommend!
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, May 2021
Our guide Travis was awesome very informative on the history of Austin whole bat experience is something everyone needs to do great fun thank you Travis worth the trip from Oklahoma
Great Experience
, Apr 2021
Travis was a great tour guide. Very fun! Would definitely recommend to people coming to experience the city.
Loved the set up and then...
, Apr 2021
Loved the set up and then being on the water looking at the city was very nice. Seeing the bats come out was the bonus just wow from the water.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks so much for the awesome review!
Bat kayak tour
, Mar 2021
The sunset was beautiful. Our guide was fun and informative. We plan on returning once the weather is a bit warmer.
Bat viewer
, Mar 2021
The guides were friendly and had fun stories. Equipment was in good shape good location for tour with free parking a bonus in Austin!
Seeing the bats and Austin skyline at dark
, Oct 2020
Guide was interesting. Lots of Houston facts. Relaxing way to see the bats. Very friendly. Nice to get some extra kayaking in too
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
, Sep 2020
I would have loved to have done this tour but, I was called in the afternoon to be advised that the tour was canceled due to a leasing tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Marlene I apologize for your negative experience, but it was a situation we had no control over and little to no time to respond to. It was not a leasing tour, our new building owner/landlord decided to renegotiate the terms of our property rental before we resumed operations.
Vendor cancelled
, Aug 2020
Unfortunately my experience was cancelled by the vendor. They said renovations were not completed. They gave me one days notice so it was too late to book a similar trip. I simply walked to the bridge last night and saw the bats for free. At this time of year it was not crowded at all so I recommend this option to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We traditionally give 48 hours notice, but our employee the day before was dealing with a family emergency. We'd be happy to talk with you further about your complaint and apologize for your negative experience.
Great time!
, Sep 2019
We had the best time on this kayaking tour. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and efficient. Would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thanks for your review we hope to see you again soon!

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