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Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

1. Austin: Sunset Bat Watching Kayak Tour

Witness the incredible spectacle of millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerging from beneath Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. Get the best view from a kayak on the river below to watch one of the city's most celebrated natural attractions. Meet your guide for an introductory paddling lesson, and learn all about how the local bat colony came to make the bridge their home. As you paddle the waterways towards the bridge, you'll get to see Austin's gorgeous downtown skyline and bridges along Lady Bird Lake, locally known as Town Lake. Get a chance to snap social media-worthy photos as the bats form enormous surreal dancing clouds, and ascend into the night sky. Once the tour is over you'll make your way back to the starting point.

Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

2. Austin: Kayaking Tour through Downtown to Barton Springs

Follow your guide on a fun-filled kayaking journey to Barton Springs. Admire stunning views of the downtown Austin skyline. Enjoy a trip that is suitable for beginners, as it includes paddling instruction. Meet your guide and get set up with your kayak, paddle, and life vest. Learn how to paddle before setting off on your kayaking adventure. Capture pictures of Austin from the water. View the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to Mexican free-tailed bats. Explore the waters of Lady Bird Lake where you can view the Austin's skyline from afar. Kayak into the crystal clear waters of Barton Springs and search for local wildlife like the Barton Springs salamander. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

3. Austin: Guided City Kayaking Tour

Admire the Austin skyline on a guided Kayaking tour. Sail along Lady Bird Lake and look out for local wildlife, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat and enjoy your beautiful surroundings at Barton Springs. Pick up your Kayak and set off from Lady Bird Lake. Follow your tour guide along this serene lake and marvel at the glittering skyline ahead. See the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and keep an eye out for the famous Mexican American free-tailed bats. Sail past historical buildings that make up the iconic Austin skyline as well as important bridges, including Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Continue to Barton Springs and admire the crystal-clear water and lush surroundings.

Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

4. Austin: Lady Bird Lake Kayaking Tour

Our friendly tour guides will greet you at Rowing Dock, and get you set up with everything needed on the water. The tour guide hosts a safety meeting and fits each guest for a life jacket. The Rowing Dock staff will help you into your boat and review basic paddling tips with you prior to departure. Once on the water, your tour guide will lead you on a journey to the Springs. Along the way, there will be numerous opportunities to take photos with the downtown Austin City skyline in the background. This tour is approximately two miles round trip and lasts two hours. Guests will be allowed to get out of their boats and take a dip in the cool spring water. The tour ends at Rowing Dock.

Austin: Round Red Bud Isle Kayaking Tour

5. Austin: Round Red Bud Isle Kayaking Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on this guided kayaking trip to Red Bud Isle. This enjoyable, hyper-natural tour heads west, away from the city, and around Austin’s Red Bud Isle and back. Spot limestone bluffs, greenery, and wildlife everywhere you look. After meeting your guide at Rowing Dock, start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket and your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide to the city's secret spring, where you’ll witness a natural spring and oasis that is relatively undiscovered, even by many locals. Your guide will share a historical perspective on the greater Colorado River and the immense watershed that Lady Bird Lake is a part of. They’ll also touch on the Highland Lakes Chain and how this series of dams and reservoirs has changed and revolutionized the region. Before heading back to Rowing Dock, take a break at Red Bud Isle to rest and eat (food not included). 

Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

6. Austin: Congress Avenue Sunset Bat Kayaking Tour

Embark on a 4-mile round-trip paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and get picture-perfect views of over 1.5 million bats flying overhead on this kayaking trip on Lady Bird Lake. Learn about the history and migration of the Mexican free-tailed bats from your guide. Start your adventure by gearing up with a life jacket, then set out on the water with your own premium kayak and paddles. Follow alongside your guide as you take in the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding area. As you paddle, learn more about Austin’s prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, the history of Congress Avenue Bridge, and more. 

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What people are saying about Austin

We had such a fun tour! It was easy enough for the ones that had never been kayaking. Mark shared interesting info about the lake and springs, but gave our group plenty of space to enjoy each other’s company along the way. We especially enjoyed the time to explore when we reached the cool springs. Would definitely return on our next visit!

Highly recommend. My boyfriend has never kayaked and had the time of his life. I had a blast. We had solo kayaks based on the recommendation from the staff and we are happy we did that. Lots of fun for everyone. Ethan was our guide and it made it that much more enjoyable.

Awesome activity to do with friends and/or partner. Our guide was nice as well as the staff that aided in loading and unloading you onto the kayak. I had zero experience prior to this which probably wasn’t the brightest idea, nevertheless it was a fun time.

Chelsea and Tristan are the best tour guides I’ve ever met!!! They are so nice and friendly, also knowledgeable about local history and fun things! Really cool experience!!! It’s a Must try experience in Austin!!

Great experience. Our guide was awesome, knowledgeable, and entertaining! The bats were amazing. I would highly recommend!