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Lone Star River Boat

South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
+1 512-327-1388
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Little gem at a bargain price

Been living in Austin for nearly four years and never managed to see the bats. My nephew was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shinytoyrobots
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Austin, Texas
Great for photography!

I take a lot of landscape photography in my free time, so this was the perfect activity to get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tammie R
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A scenic tour of the city by boat, passing million dollar homes and breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bat cruise” (31 reviews)
“captain chris” (9 reviews)
“the congress” (23 reviews)
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South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
South Austin
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+1 512-327-1388

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been living in Austin for nearly four years and never managed to see the bats. My nephew was visiting last week so finally got around to organizing something. For $10 a person, this was a really nice experience. Boat was clean and comfortable, short tour...More

Thank shinytoyrobots
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

The bat cruise is always a great experience! So glad you made it down to the river to take the cruise for this wonderful experience. Our rates and BYOB are the best! Thank you and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I take a lot of landscape photography in my free time, so this was the perfect activity to get great photos of the land and the Austin skyline. If you do go, make sure you check the weather first because I went on an extremely...More

Thank Tammie R
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What a great way to take some photos of Austin! Thank you and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had four adults and a three year old on this cruise. Everyone was enthralled with the information we received about the city and bats. It definitely is a must-do for anyone going to Austin. Even the three year old talked about it for days...More

Thank sandirice
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! So happy you all had a nice time - great cruise for the family!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the bat tour boat and highly recommend it! We sat on top of the double decker bus and loved it. The tour was interesting and seeing all those bats was absolutely surreal. It surpassed all of our expectations. The price is right and...More

Thank stephaniesullivan323
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So happy you all had a nice time! Thank you and we hope to see you again soon. You are right about getting there early to get the best seats.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're looking for a quite way to finish out your evening, this is it. We had just driven in from Houston, we grabbed our snacks and got on board. Parking was convenient, free and nearby. The boat took off on time. There is no...More

Thank Nicole S
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our Friday night moonlight cruise is a wonderful way to finish your week and to start your weekend on the double-decker boat the Lone Star. Departing at 10:30pm for a one hour cruise to enjoy the Austin skyline, this cruise is BYOB and we play...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a little concerned about the boat--it seemed pretty small for the number of chairs on the deck. I was afraid there might be a bad seat. But I was proved wrong--we all were able to see the bats, the skyline, a gorgeous sunset,...More

Thank mlvfoster
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! The pontoon boats are a wonderful way to view the bats - everyone does get the best seats and they are BYOB! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 13 September 2017

We spent an hour on the Lone Star River Boat with Captain Robert. It was a very well narrated tour that took us down the river to see the skyline of Austin at dusk, and later at night. The highlight of this trip is the...More

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your excellent review! The cruise to see the bats is very exciting and fun for all ages. With a narration about the city sights, a beautiful sunset over downtown and seeing the flight of the bats, you can't get a better value!...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Seeing the bats is pretty cool. There are a few negatives for which I deducted a couple of stars - 1.) you *will* get peed on by bats. Not enough to drench you, but it felt like a very light rain. Some people think that's...More

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Seeing the bats is very cool - we do use the open air pontoon boats for the bat watching each night - it is the best way to get up close to the bridge and everyone has the best seats to view the bats -...More

Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Seeing bats take off from the Congress bridge @ sunset is well worth experiencing. Of course, you can observe them by standing on bridge, but taking the inexpensive cruise ($11) gives you much better perspective of the event, and the captain is full of trivia...More

Thank Ned R
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I'm a native Austinite and have often stood on the Congress bridge and watched the bats come out, but the Lone Star River Boat bat cruise was different, fun, and totally worth the price of admission. The boat captains are awesome: knowledgeable, capable, and friendly....More

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for this review, couldn't say it better myself! Your tips are great and the information is correct - we do use the open air pontoon boats - no bad seats and BYOB for all of our cruises. One more idea on free parking...More

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29 June 2017|
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Response from Alaster83 | Reviewed this property |
Day or two , even earlier that day possibly . I think it depends on the weather and any local festivals as to how crowded the area will be.
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akinjm
15 June 2017|
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Response from Mike P | Property representative |
Hello, there is possible free parking (limited) next door at 900 W Riverside, pay parking at the Hyatt Hotel garage for about $5.00 per hour and possible free parking a few blocks away at 505 Barton Springs Road at the One... More
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Sandy B
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Response from felinefan70 | Reviewed this property |
It looks like if you want to do a bat-watching cruise, that goes daily. The other two cruises they offer are on the weekend. We went on the weekend afternoon cruise which was lovely and entertaining.
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