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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Life jacket
  • Paddle lesson and safety instructions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 600 E Riverside Dr, 600 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA

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

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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.

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.

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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
Response from Host, May 2022
We'll let them know you appreciated them!
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.
Response from Host, May 2022
We will let him know you appreciated him!
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!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks so much for coming out on the water with us!
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.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for coming to see us!
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.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for joining us out on the water!
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!
Response from Host, May 2022
We'll let him know you appreciated him!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for coming out on the water with us!
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
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Please let us know what we can do to earn your full 5 stars next time!
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.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
We're glad we could help you through this new experience!
Noah_B, Mar 2022
Amazing and unique experience. Would definitely do it again next time I'm in Austin. Made my entire trip memorable!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for joining us on the water!


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