Capital Cruises - The Ultimate Austin Experience

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Welcome to Capital Cruises

Established in 1991, Capital Cruises is the largest all-electric boat fleet on the Highland Lakes. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX), we are proud to offer lunch and dinner cruises, wedding events, internationally famous bat-watching excursions, party boat services, and the ultimate alternative for group and corporate outings.

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HOLIDAY HOURS: Starting November 1-February 28, we are open 10 am to 5 pm for rentals (weather permitting). Private charters and catered events available anytime by reservation.

Capital Cruises will be closed on the following days for the holidays:

  • November 25 – November 28, 2019
  • December 24 – December 26, 2019
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Holiday Parties

Now accepting reservations for Holiday Parties including New Year's Eve. Celebrate the holiday season with friends, family or co-workers on Lady Bird Lake. For reservations, call (512) 480-9264
Rent an intimate Duffy boat (2-8 passengers) or a larger vessel (9-140 passengers) and enjoy the Ultimate Austin Experience. Catering options available from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. We recommend booking early!

Sunset Sightseeing Tours

Now offering Sunset Tours. November -February (weather permitting).
Enjoy sunset on Lady Bird Lake and views of the Austin skyline! At this time of year, most of the bats are gone but some do stay around–bat viewing is limited. Bring a jacket, some snacks, and a beverage of your choice. Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the moment. Tours are one hour starting 11/4 at 5:00 pm. Check-in time: 4:30 pm. Please note: 11/1 and 11/2 Sunset Tour times: 6:00 pm (check-in time 5:30 pm).
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Donut Boats

First Donut Boats in Texas!

The Donut Boat’s unique design allows up to ten people to casually sit around a center table, complete with a cooler in the middle for all your beverages or snacks, while you cruise Lady Bird Lake. The quiet electric motor allows you to easily chat with your friends and drives with the ease of a golf cart on the water. It’s fun for the “hole” family and a “Do-nut” miss it Austin adventure. Donut Boat FAQs
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What people think of Capital Cruises


“We hosted our wedding reception on Capital Cruises and let me just tell you – the staff is FANTASTIC!

They worked with me in every way possible. They supported me throughout the process and on the day of the wedding, EVERY little detail was perfect! We had the best captain, the best server and everyone I was in touch with behind the scenes were perfect! They are reliable, responsive and just great. 

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“This was a really wonderful trip. Capital Cruises leaves from the river by the downtown Marriott in Austin on a “Bat Boat Tour”. Millions of bats live underneath one of the river bridges. At twilight, they all fly out, almost blackening the sky.

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“I booked a private electric boat(Duffy) through Capital cruises for a Birthday surprise for my husband. It was quiet easy to call in and make a reservation and  the person on the phone was very helpful. They gave me all the basic information and answered all my queries as well…

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