Capital Cruises - The Ultimate Austin Experience

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Welcome to Capital Cruises

Per state guidelines, we are open for our normal hours with limited capacity for private events and tours.  Rentals of all personal watercraft are open as normal.  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:

June 1, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Per the Governor’s mandate, we are open daily Monday-Friday from 10 am till Dusk and Saturday-Sunday from 9 am till dusk. For the safety of our patrons, our staff will be wearing masks and we respectfully request that all customers wear masks when interacting with our staff.

  • Rentals of Canoes, Kayaks, Swan Pedal Boats and SUPs will be available during normal business hours and are sanitized after each use.
  • Electric boats and Donut boats will also be available by reservation During normal business hours. Current guidelines dictate no more than 6 persons per boat and we have a two hour rental minimum. Reservations are required by calling 512-480-9264.
  • Public Tours are available daily at the 25% capacity guideline and will be set for social distancing. Our bat watching tour currently leaves at 8 pm and is offered nightly. Our sightseeing tour is available Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Pre-purchasing tickets online required
  • Private reservations on larger boats are available by advance reservations at the mandated 25% of capacity with social distancing protocols. Pricing for these events may be slightly different as we work through capacity compliance. Social distancing must be practiced while aboard and masks must be worn while interacting with our staff. Limitations on catering may exist. Please call for details.

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

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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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