Austin, TX

Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Tour

Natasha Nguyen

(Photo by tour guide)

Have you done kayaking or paddleboarding while going bat watching? Austin, Texas has a kayak and paddleboard tour with many tour companies. The tour takes about 2 to 3 hours long. You will get a chance to paddle down the Lady Bird Lake as you travel to the Congress Avenue Bridge. This is where the bats are located and they care for their young here. I had a ton of fun learning about the world's largest urban bat colonies. There are about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats living in the bridge. My boyfriend and I had a fun time paddling down the Lady Bird Lake and observing one of nature's wanders. All ages are recommended. We got to experience day time and night time kayaking. This was one of our personal favorite experiences during our visit in Austin. If you can't take this tour, at least join up the groups that are hanging up above on the Congress Avenue Bridge. Not to mention, you can enjoy the gorgeous sunset from the water and take in the sights of the Austin skyline. The best time to see the bats fly out during dusk is between April-October.

I recommend doing any of the tours. The staff will teach you how to paddle and let you go on your own pace.

Here are some recommended places to reserve your tour:

Live Love Paddle

Austin Kayak Tours

Rowing Dock

Lone Star Kayak Tours

***NOTE: There are many other companies that offer this fun tour. Please do research on your own as well to get the best price and experience.**


100 S. Congress Ave.,

Austin, TX 78704

(Photo by Richie Anothaisintavee)

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