Capital Cruises - The Ultimate Austin Experience

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Welcome to Capital Cruises

Per city mandate we are closed until May 1, 2020.

Cancellation Information

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 on 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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HOURS: Closed until May 1, 2020.

To our valued customers of Capital Cruises:

March 17, 2020 update

Per the city mandate and to help curb the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are suspending all operations until May 1st , 2020. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the local government as well as the CDC daily and will update our re-opening when conditions become favorable. We appreciate serving Austinites and visitors for the last 29 years and look forward to getting everyone out on the water when the situation improves!

The Capital Cruises Team
512-480-9264 or email


For existing Public Bat Cruise/Sightseeing reservations (present through May 1st, 2020 )

  • Your reservation will be cancelled and refunded

For existing reservations for private events (present through May 1st )

  • We will reach out to you directly to discuss cancellation and reschedule options. Please have patience as work through the high volume of cancellations.

For existing reservations beyond the mandated closure of May 1st

  • Please contact us if you have any questions. At this time our normal cancellation policies apply.

For future reservations of public tours (after May 1st)

For future reservations of private events

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Bat Cruises

Did you know? Typical bat viewing varies from night to night but here are the general patterns: March-mid/late May - Good; June (birthing month) - varies from night to night with later emergences; July-Sept/Oct. - Best as the pups are flying with the rest of the colony. Of course, the bats are wild animals and can change their patterns any time of year. You will have the best opportunity to view the bats from the tour and will get great views and information of the surrounding area. This tour is very popular so book your tickets today! Learn more

DEPARTS NIGHTLY March through early November ~30 minutes before sunset. Adults: $12, Seniors: $9, Children: $7.

Reservations required: Book a Bat Cruise

First Capital Cruises Donut Boat Ride

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

Stand Up Paddle Boards

A great way to enjoy Lady Bird Lake. Paddle Board Rentals $15 /hour or $25 for 2-hours. Now offering SUP ATX boards and gear. Interested in night time tours?  Contact us for details..
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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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