Public Bat Watching and Sunset Tour

Capital Cruises’ Internationally Famous Bat Watching Tour

Public nightly tours depart approximately 30 minutes before sunset and lasts roughly one hour in length. Bat Watching Tours available March through early-November. Sunset/Sightseeing tours available November February weather permitting excluding holidays. Rates: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors & $5.00 for kids 3 to 12.

The Anne W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is the home of the largest urban bat colony in the world.  Austin’s bridge bats are Mexican free-tailed bats. They migrate each spring from central Mexico and return to Mexico in early Fall. Our cruises provide the best possible viewing for one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the world! Bat viewing is available on a public tour nightly March through mid-November or  you can customize a private excursion with dinner, cocktails, and more. Please see dinner cruise and party boat pricing for rates.

November through February (weather permitting) we now offer a nightly sunset tour for those who want to just get out on the lake and view the sunset. Though most of the bats are gone at this time, some do stay around but viewing is limited. This tour is just to get out on the water at the perfect time – sunset! Bring a jacket, some snacks, and a beverage of your choice and enjoy the scenery!

Book a Bat Cruise or call at 512-480-9264.

  • Reservations require check in 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
  • Not checking in at this time may result in a loss of your reservation to wait-listed patrons.
  • Departure times will change depending on the bat emergence and sunset times.
  • This tour runs March through mid-November (weather permitting). Tour not available late November – February.

Tentative Departure Times*

Departure times will change depending on the bat emergence and sunset times.
February 26-29 6 pm
March 1-9 6:00 pm
March 10-31 7:00 pm
April 1-19 7:15 pm
April 20 – May 6 7:30 pm
May 7 – May 27 7:45 pm
May 28 – July 31 8:00 pm
August 1 – 12 7:45 pm
August 13 – 26 7:30 pm
August 27- Sept 8th 7:15 pm
September 9th – Sept 23rd 7:00 pm
September 24th – October 7th 6:45 pm
October 8th – October 21st 6:30 pm
October 22nd – 31st 6:15 pm
November 1st- 12th 5:00 pm
November 13th – 19th 5:00 pm
November 24th – End of February TBD
*Reservations require check in 30 – 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
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Capital Cruises Dock (Lakeside of the Hyatt Hotel)
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704