Tour code: 6468KAYAK
See the famous bats of Austin, the largest urban colony in North America, emerge at dusk from Congress Ave Bridge from a kayak on Lady Bird Lake! Enjoy a leisurely paddle to the bridge with an expert guide who shares the history of Austin and stories about its amazing bats. From your front-row seats on the beautiful lake, marvel at the famous bat population as the winged critters take flight. No experience is needed for this kayak excursion; all equipment and instruction are provided. Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.


  • 2-hour kayak tour to Austin’s bat colony at the Congress Ave Bridge
  • Learn the story of Austin’s famous resident bat colony from your expert guide
  • See clouds of bats stream out from the Congress Ave Bridge for the night
  • Paddle past Austin landmarks along the shores of Lady Bird Lake
  • Enjoy time spent kayaking on Austin’s premier recreational lake
  • No experience needed prior to the tour, all instruction provided
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people provides a more intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

Austin Kayak

Meet your guide at the shop where you receive a kayak lesson and your paddling equipment. Once you are geared up, head to the shores of Lady Bird Lake to follow your guide out on the water. As you glide along, take in great views of Austin, including the Frost Bank Tower and a statue of the popular musician Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Paddle across Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir which was formed by a dam on the Colorado River in 1960. As you enjoy this amazing recreation area, hear informative and entertaining commentary from your guide share about Austin’s history and its famous bats.

The bat colony under the Congress Ave Bridge is the largest urban bat colony in North America. The Mexican free-tailed bats migrate every spring from central Mexico to the southwestern USA, settling into their home under the Congress Avenue Bridge. At dusk in the spring and summer, as many as 1.5 million bats take to the sky on their nightly hunt for food. The Austin colony alone is estimated to eat up to 20,000 pounds of insects every night; a contribution to the community that is celebrated by locals and visitors.

On the 2-hour kayak tour, arrive at the Congress Ave Bridge before dusk so that you have a great vantage point to see the bats take flight. Marvel at the clouds of tiny winged mammals above you as they soar out to hunt in the twilight. Your guide takes photos of your small group before you return to your starting point to end the tour.

Customer Reviews

Mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Thanks to the Tall Gringas for the kayak tour to view the bats from the water as they left their roost from under the bridge. Friendly ladies to spend time with who gave a great dinner recommendation G'raj Mahal. This was a very peaceful and fun way to see the infamous bats and all the factoids from the guides were interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic experience kayaking on colorado river then seeing the bats fly away from the bridge. Big tall gringas were great guides and special mention to Daisy the dog who came out onto the water too. If you are in Austin, it's a must do.

Claire R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic!! The two girls taking this tour make it fun and entertaining. Both true professionals. Kayaking is fun and watching the bats come out of the bridge an amazing experience. Definitely recommend.

Cecilia C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

The bats never came out :(

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