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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
600 E Riverside Dr , 600 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA

On the right side of the Cidercade, located down the driveway.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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4.5
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69 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great workout
Whitney_J
, May 2022
Wonderful experience and learned a bunch about Austin. Rives and Madelyn were very helpful. One thing I would include is better instruction for your newbie kayakers. Also let people get properly adjusted in the seats before pushing them in water
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We'll let them know you appreciated them!
star-5
Looking forward to the next kayaking adventure!
Joshua_N
, May 2022
Excellent time, Dan was a great tour guide. Put everyone at ease and was very informative. the bats weren’t as plentiful this particular night but it was still a very fun experience kayaking at sunset and night time along the Austin downtown skyline.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We will let him know you appreciated him!
star-5
Great Kayak Bat Tour
Jeremy_D
, Apr 2022
This tour was amazing. The staff was knowledgeable and so helpful. They made sure everyone was comfortable, safe, and had a great time!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for coming out on the water with us!
star-5
Fun and interesting time in Austin
Steven_B
, Apr 2022
Fun adventure to add to your completed bucket list. I live in Chicago and came to visit my son who never heard of this.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for coming to see us!
star-5
Awesome excursion
Cristina_B
, Apr 2022
The scenery and the explanation by tour guide about the bats and buildings we saw. Guide was very knowledgeable and even gave us some suggestions for places to eat or things to do.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for joining us out on the water!
star-5
Kayak bat tour
Brittany_W
, Apr 2022
This was a great way to get a unique view of the Austin skyline and the bats! Tim was a fun and knowledgeable guide-highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We'll let him know you appreciated him!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great bat adventure
Bruce_B
, Apr 2022
The tour guides were fantastic. Provided great history of Texas and also places to visit and eat. They knew what time the bats would come out and adjusted the tour. Equipment was great.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for coming out on the water with us!
star-4
Great way to see the infamous bats under Congress Ave bridge as well as the Austin skyline at sunset
Thomas_H
, Apr 2022
The highlight was definitely the bats coming out from under the bridge and the way to see them is definitely sitting on a kayak right underneath them as they emerge. I was unprepared for how many bats flew out but our knowledgeable guide informed us that there were close to 750,000 of them living under the bridge at the time
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Please let us know what we can do to earn your full 5 stars next time!
star-5
Exciting time
GEGAZE_L
, Apr 2022
It was fun and relaxing. This was my first time and it was kind of scary in the beginning but fun at the end.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We're glad we could help you through this new experience!
star-5
AWESOME
Noah_B
, Mar 2022
Amazing and unique experience. Would definitely do it again next time I'm in Austin. Made my entire trip memorable!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for joining us on the water!
star-5
Highly recommend!!
Alix_G
, Mar 2022
Rives and Freddy were awesome guides! My parents and I loved this tour. It was beautiful to see the sunset and skyline from the river, and we saw a good amount of bats! I would definitely recommend this tour to other family and friends!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We'll let them know you appreciated them!
star-5
Kayaks and Bats
Jen_R
, Mar 2022
Loved paddling through Lady Bird Lake! Our guides told great stories and the history of Austin. Would be a little helpful if both guides were telling the stories so the people in the back could here
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for the kind words! We try to only have one guide to avoid confusion in the storytelling and not split attention.
star-5
Time in Austin
Delisa_S
, Dec 2021
Took my sons great time not to strenuous . Great way to see the city also. Very helpful staff - equipment good
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for coming out with us!
star-5
BAT
mmmvolta
, Oct 2021
Great and adventurous way to see the bats! Much better vantage point and Connor was awesome! He told us a lot about the city, more so than other tour guides we did around the city! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for coming out on the water with us! We hope to see you again real soon!
star-4
Good Paddle! :-)
Michael_J
, Oct 2021
Very enjoyable and we had good weather. The bats did not disappoint. The guide was informative and professional. The one suggestion I have is to identify the correct arrival-end time. My Viator reservation stated "6-8 pm," when in fact, it was actually a 6:30 start time. My buddy and I were there all by ourselves at 5:55 pm, the original staff left a couple minutes before 6, and then the guide arrived ~6:15...
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Sorry for the late arrival we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Travis was a great guide....
Allison_M
, Oct 2021
Travis was a great guide. The bats were incredible and the kayaking so peaceful. An absolute must in Austin
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for the very kind words!
star-4
My friend and I really...
Selena_F
, Sep 2021
My friend and I really enjoyed kayaking on Lady Bird lake. The views of the city were nice and seeing the bats was so cool!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for joining us! I hope we can improve to five stars on your next visit!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
fun!
Ashley_H
, Sep 2021
We used this tour as a team building event and we all enjoyed it! Spectacular views, learned some very cool facts about Austin and watching the bats fly was icing on the cake. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks so much for the kind words!
star-5
A must while in Austin!
Erica_W
, Sep 2021
We had a wonderful experience kayaking! Champagne our tour guide was Soul of a really interesting facts and he presented it in a way that had my friend and I cracking up in our kayak. I would 100% do this to tour again!! 10 stars ⭐️
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for coming out with us!
star-5
Travis was great
Matthew_R
, Sep 2021
Travis was an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Handled the changes with the incoming storm well and helped us see history
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for coming out and joining us on the water!

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