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Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin

Austin, United States

From $80.00

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Explore a different side of Austin’s legendary nightlife during this 2.5-hour bike trip to observe the city’s bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge. These nightlife-loving denizens may never step foot inside a music club, but they sure know how to put on a show! Cycle first around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, arriving at the bridge just in time to watch the more than 1.5 million bat residents as they take flight for their evening feeding. A guide and all bike equipment is included.
  • Enjoy a bike tour to observe Austin's legendary bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge
  • See a different side to Austin's legendary nightlife during a visit to its colony of more than 1.5 million bats
  • Cycle along the scenic Lady Bird Lake before heading to the bridge where the bats live
  • Observe the millions of bats as they take flight for their evening feeding
  • Great mix out physical activity and wildlife

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • All required equipment (bike and helmet)
  • Learn about the Bats in Austin on this 2.5 hour bat watching bike tour (2 hours on the bike).
  • It's the largest urban bat colony in the world!
  • local sales tax
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 650 W Riverside Dr, 650 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA

    Meet in the parking lot of Auditorium Shores, next to the bathrooms on the lake. Across from the Long Center at W.Riverside and S. 1st St. bridge. Note: sign says "Vic Mathias 900 W. Riverside"

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring water, the bike has a bottle cage
  • Youths ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children ages 11 and under, private tour recommended (extra $40 pp)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Operated by Mike's Bikes and Tours

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
7 reviews
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Scenic bike ride full of history and pictures of bats.
Chuck_M, Oct 2019
Mike did a great job of explaining the bike ride before we started and giving a history of the city and scenic sites along with a great explination of the bats.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thanks for the review, y'all were really fun! Glad you enjoyed
Super fun tour, don’t miss!
Ali20814, Jun 2019
This is an ideal tour! It’s active at a mellow pace, gives you a great sense of the city’s layout, and shows a local perspective that’s hard to get otherwise. Mark is a fantastic guide. Funny and knowledgeable. Perfect way to learn about Austin and see the crazy bat action!! Don’t miss this one.
Response from Host, Jul 2019
Thanks for booking 2 tours with me Ali & Joe! --Mike
Amazing tour and Mike was a great...
Duncan C, Oct 2017
Amazing tour and Mike was a great tour guide. The bats came as advertised though a little tough to see at times. Good way to get to know Austin.
Response from Host, May 2019
Thanks Duncan, I appreciate the review!
Awesome trip, guide was incredible...
Peggy L, Sep 2016
Awesome trip, guide was incredible, tailored to tour to the riding ability of all guests and made the ride very fun and enjoyable. We rode in the twilight to evening hours making for a cool and interesting ride around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. The ride ended with a mass flight of thousands of bats and the guide managed to get us there right on time with a ten mile ride around a lake on a safe bike path. I would highly recommend this ride to families and individuals or couples it was an incredible experience.


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