Capital Cruises - The Ultimate Austin Experience

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Welcome to Capital Cruises

Update May 24th, 2021: We are open for our normal hours with limited capacity for private events and tours.  Rentals of all personal watercraft are open as normal. All private and public offerings are setup with social distancing protocols and capacities. All vessels are sanitized before and after each use.  All staff members are well checked before beginning work.  NOTE: Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places. CREDIT CARD ONLY- No cash. Please click the button below for specifics.

COVID-19 Updated hours/offerings

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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To our valued customers of Capital Cruises:

MAY 24th, 2021 COVID-19 Update

We are open daily Monday-Friday from 10 am till Dusk and Saturday-Sunday from 9 am till dusk. All private and public offerings are setup with some distancing and limited capacities. All vessels are sanitized before and after each use.  All staff members are well checked before beginning work.  NOTE: Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places. CREDIT CARD ONLY

  • Rentals of Canoes, Kayaks, Swan Pedal Boats and SUPs will be available during normal business hours and are sanitized after each use. Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places.. Credit card only.
  • Electric boats and Donut boats will also be available by reservation During normal business hours. Due to sanitizing requirements, we have a two hour rental minimum. Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places. Reservations are required by calling 512-480-9264.
  • Public Tours are available daily and will be set for social distancing. Our bat watching tour currently leaves at 6 pm and is offered nightly. Our sightseeing tour is available Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places. Pre-purchasing tickets online required
    http://www.capitalcruises.com/bat-watching/
  • Private reservations on larger boats are available by advance reservations and have limited capacity to provide some distancing. Current CDC/local guidelines say that non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in public places. Please call for details.

Sincerely,
The Capital Cruises Team
512-480-9264 or email [email protected]

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Features

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 center post umbrella for shade, 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

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

Now offering Guided Sunset Tours

Looking to get out on the lake on a kayak to see the Sunset? Capital Cruises now offers a guided kayak tour Thursdays through Saturday evenings. Cost is $30 per person and includes a ~1.5  hour tour. See views of the downtown skyline as well as a great view of the sunset from the lake.  Also available is an afternoon tour of the downtown area on Fridays only.
  • Thursday – Saturday evenings departing at 4:45pm (4:15 check in required)
  • Friday day tour departs at 12:30 pm (Noon check in required)
  • $30 per person (All reservations will be paired on tandem kayaks within their group)
  • Approximately 1.25-1.5 hour tour
Feel free to bring a small cooler of snacks or drinks (no glass please). All safety equipment is provided. Guest will be paired on two persons on a tandem kayak provided they are from the same group (single kayaks may be available upon arrival depending on inventory). Persons kayaking must be able to paddle (basic instruction provided) and be less than 250lbs. Tour is weather dependent. Lockers are available on the dock for personal items. Come take a paddle with us! Book a Guided Kayak Tour (Select “Kayak sunset/bat tour or Kayak Day Tour”)
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What people think of Capital Cruises

WEDDING RECEPTION

“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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WEDDING EVENT

“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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SURPRISE BIRTHDAY

“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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