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Lone Star River Boat

South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
+1 512-327-1388
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Bats!

The folks at the Lone Star River Boat were super. Knowledgeable, funny, and informative. The bats... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
dmeidelbach
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Duncanville, Texas
Best way to see the Bats!

We decided on a sunset bat cruise before coming to Austin. It was super easy to book 7 tickets and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Crystal S
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A scenic tour of the city by boat, passing million dollar homes and breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
South Austin
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+1 512-327-1388

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The folks at the Lone Star River Boat were super. Knowledgeable, funny, and informative. The bats were awesome! Would definitely recommend!

Thank dmeidelbach
Reviewed 5 days ago

We decided on a sunset bat cruise before coming to Austin. It was super easy to book 7 tickets and I'm glad we did before (as all 3 boats were sold out). Our cruise driver (I wish I remembered her name) was funny and informative....More

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The largest Urban bat location in the world-1.5 million come out of the underside of a bridge. Simply amazing to see! The tour guide also gave us a lake tour of the many points of interest and tall buildings near Lady Bird Lake. Both fun...More

Thank Alicea P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I are in Austin for our anniversary and thought it would be interesting to see the bats take flight. After some quick research, I decided to try Lone Star. It was easy to make reservations and the price was great! An email...More

Thank davebr60
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you, so glad you decided to do the bat watching for your special evening. We normally have the open air pontoon boats for the bat watching - great way to see the bats, everyone has a great seat on the boats and the captain...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not only amazing and informative but something that we will remember for a very long time. The boat captain was so great with all the information that he gave us on the river, dog park, graffiti, and the bats. It is the most...More

Thank Jennie L
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! Our captains give a great narration nightly for the bat watching/sunset cruises now departing at 7:30. It is something to see! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has been using Lone Star bat river boat cruises for ten years to take friends when they come to town. Although I am sorry to give only two stars THIS time, I must speak up. The young lady who gave our pontoon boat...More

Thank James M
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so sorry we are having microphone issues on one of our boats. We have ordered the parts and the issue will be fixed as soon as possible. We do not want our guests to feel they did not get the best experience possible...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bat cruise is the perfect way to see the bats. Much better than sitting under the bridge. The tour guide was friendly, funny, informative and helpful. He had lots of information about Austin and about bats. We really appreciated that even though we missed...More

Thank jcamama
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Perfect is a great way to describe this cruise - lots of fun, full of information and it is always a site to see the bats in beautiful downtown Austin at sunset. Thank you for your wonderful review, we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We considered trying to go with the crowds on the bridge. Not worth it considering the $10 cost for the comfort of watching from a boat. Arrived beneath the bridge a few minutes before the bats emerged. I expected a surge of bats for a...More

Thank themccullochclan
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! It is the best way to see the bats and in comfort too! They are always amazing and we hope you return soon to do the cruise again or another of our public cruises on beautiful Lady Bird Lake - right in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to see the bats from under the Congress Avenue bridge. We are glad that we are found the Lone Star river boat cruise. Our captain, Han Solo, took us on a fantastic journey up and down the lake. When we...More

Thank Coleen S
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a nice and informative review - best advise is about getting reservations early - we do sell out most nights and get there early! We give all seats away 15 minutes prior to departure due to the lines of guests waiting at the dock...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a little apprehensive when my friend booked this cruise to see bats. I thought for free we could just stand on the bridge. Boy was I wrong, what a great way to see the bats and parts of the city. I can't believe...More

1  Thank TXborn
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

You are right! The best way to view the bats is by boat with our awesome captains giving you a narration and great photo ops. Thank you and hope to see you again real soon!

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30 June 2017|
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Response from Alaster83 | Reviewed this property |
Day or two , even earlier that day possibly . I think it depends on the weather and any local festivals as to how crowded the area will be.
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akinjm
15 June 2017|
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Response from Mike P | Property representative |
Hello, there is possible free parking (limited) next door at 900 W Riverside, pay parking at the Hyatt Hotel garage for about $5.00 per hour and possible free parking a few blocks away at 505 Barton Springs Road at the One... More
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Sandy B
22 October 2015|
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Response from felinefan70 | Reviewed this property |
It looks like if you want to do a bat-watching cruise, that goes daily. The other two cruises they offer are on the weekend. We went on the weekend afternoon cruise which was lovely and entertaining.
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