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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

Austin, United States
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


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?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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32 Reviews

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Awesome views of the city
, Jul 2021
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Our tour guide, Travis, was very knowledgeable and shared great insights of Austin and the history of bats. We recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Austin area. The views are gorgeous at night. Great summer activity for families.
Bat and kayak tour
, Jul 2021
Connor was a very nice and well educated tour guide! He kept us safe and having a fun time! He was easy to chat with as we waited for the bats! The bat experience was interesting and cool to watch hundreds fly out at a time!
Too long waiting!
, Jun 2021
The time spent on a 15 minute kayak trip was a lot of wasted time for minimal bat experience. The ability to do more kayaking would make it better and then go the bridge for the bats would have made it a better trip. Go to the bridge and waiting for over an hour made it less of an experience. The guide, Joel, was great. He was very informative and outgoing. He was energetic and fun. I understand you can’t predict what wild animals will do.
What, no bats?
, Jun 2021
Kayaking was fun and guide was most helpful. We were inexperienced kayakers. Sadly, the bats decided not come fly last night. Didn’t realize that was a possibility. So, we didn’t see the bats after all. It was a fun experience.
Great experience.
, Jun 2021
Travis was a great tour guide! He provided interesting facts (both historical and present day) about the buildings along the river as well as Austin as a city. The equipment was good, the views were beautiful, and the breeze while paddling back was very refreshing. Only cautionary warning is that it may go longer than 2 hours… our tour was closer to 3 hours by the time everyone got back and out of the kayaks.
Great Expedition
, Jun 2021
Travis was great! Very infonrditve and interesting commentary. A perfect way to see the bat phenomenon.
, Jun 2021
This was Canceled at the last minute This was canceled at the last minute This was canceled at the last minute
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Sorry for that we couldn't control the situation around which we were forced to cancel! We made an attempt to call you earlier in the week, but were unable to reach you.
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.

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