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“bat tour”(4 reviews)
Austin's newest kayak and standup paddleboard business in terrific downtown Austin. Open year-round, we offer easy access to Lady Bird Lake whether paddling by the hour or taking one of our Downtown Tours or seasonal Bat Tours. Located in the city's...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
74 Trinity St, Waller Creek Boathouse, Austin, TX 78701-4208
+1 512-809-8916
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You get a little exercise, some amazing views of downtown Austin and you probably see some wildlife. The entire process is very easy, the people at the shop are pleasant and it is a reasonably priced activity. My wife and I shared a kayak, but...More

Thank adalbert3
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Get here before 1:00 and reserve a block of 4 hours for nearly the same price as 1 hour. It's a steal at that price, and you'll have a blast making your way up and down the beautiful Ladybird Lake. There are a lot of...More

1  Thank jayberckley
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We had a fabulous experience doing the Bat Kayak Tour! We were ready to pay much more with a competitor when I came across this company. Paid 1/3 of the price and had a great time! Our guide was super knowledgeable about the city and...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

My niece and I enjoyed the guided tour so much! Our guide new everything we ever thought we wanted to know. He was super easy to talk to and even took time to let us get in the Springs! I can not tell you how...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Just wanted to let everyone who visits the Austin Tx Town Lake area, that was ever interested in trying a paddle board, or just wanted to take a relaxing Kayak trip on Town Lake to give Congress Avenue Kayaks and the team there a shot....More

Thank RTCVegas2017
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

From out of town and unfamiliar with Texas and of course Austin. Really great way to tour Downtown Austin at your own pace unguided. Plenty plenty of kayaks. Staff is fantastic and the price is dirt cheap so totally worty it.

1  Thank Quintus343
Darla M, Owner at Congress Avenue Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you for posting how your paddling went on your recent visit. It's surprising how much of downtown Austin you can see from Lady Bird Lake. We hope you'll return!

Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

While on vacation, my sister and I passed this spot on a morning walk around the lake and decided on a whim to give it a go. We rented a double kayak and were paddling off down the lake in no time. They also have...More

1  Thank Robyn F
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Excellent location to pick up a watercraft rental. Staff is friendly and helpful. I will say Lady Bird Lake is definitely not the cleanest body of water. There is a lot of garbage and debris in the lake. It was a pleasant trip on the...More

Thank goldeneagle2712
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing time on our sunset bat tour. We were not very experienced on a kayak and we had a bit of a rocky start when my friend was worried about getting on the kayak. But Jeff, our tour guide, was calm and...More

Thank MCook215
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I rented Kayaks to see the Bats. It was however my first time on a kayak and I was so nervous and scared. I just knew I’d tip over. However the guide provided the group with some helpful tips to stay afloat....More

Thank Mariawitha T
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19 July 2017|
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Response from Darla M | Property representative |
Thanks for writing. Yes, you may use the docks next to us at the Austin Rowing Club to launch a personal kayak. The Waller Creek Boathouse has a restricted drop off area due to its location on the well-traveled hike and... More
19 March 2015|
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Response from Darla M | Property representative |
We have no age minimum. Life vests sized for infants/children/youth are available. Most like it!