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Old Tunnel State Park

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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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Plenty of action when the bats emerge

A very nice park setting about 11 miles out of town. Every evening the bats, 3 million or so, leave... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
hrockwood
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Houston, Texas
Great family outing

Our family came out here Saturday evening to see the bats and were not disappointed. We arrived a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sstrauss0930
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Houston, Texas
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel that is home to approximately 2 to 3 million bats. Visitors can access the short nature trail each day from sunrise until 5 p.m. Entrance to the park is free. Bats roost in the tunnel from May through October. During these months, nightly viewing of the bat emergence is available from the upper viewing area for free. Lower viewing area is only open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for $5 per person fee regardless of age. Rules for Old Tunnel State Park: No pets, no smoking on trails or in viewing areas, no alcoholic beverages, no camping, no open fires. For more detailed information about visitation, please call the number listed or visit the Old Tunnel web page.
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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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+1 866-978-2287
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very nice park setting about 11 miles out of town. Every evening the bats, 3 million or so, leave the tunnel to find food. You can call ahead to get an approximate time of the emergence.

Thank hrockwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family came out here Saturday evening to see the bats and were not disappointed. We arrived a bit after 5:00 to purchase tickets for the the lower viewing area and there were probably 8 people waiting in line when I got there. Like others...More

1  Thank sstrauss0930
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove out to watch the mass exit of bats from the old railroad tunnel. There are two veiwing areas. The upper one is free and the lower on is pay for view. The lower one is closer to the cave opening. Wife and I observed...More

Thank shel7518
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

In addition to all the GREAT advice already found on TA, I'll put my two cents in. Absolutely go on an evening when you can receive the bat presentation talk by the female ranger. She is outstanding and clearly passionate about bats! Also definitely arrive...More

2  Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Great place for sharing a Bat viewing or evening with kids/family. Learn from the State Park docents about how bats live, feed, and exist in nature.

Thank Elaine G
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This was a must see for outdoor enthusiasts! The bats were fascinating! Boring bat tutorial, make sure to bring exact change. Walk to the upper viewing area where the benches are to see them ascend into the sky.

Thank kimdH7049RO
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Old Tunnel State Park is home to hundred of thousands of bats which come out at dusk. There is a Park Ranger available and seating to watch the show. While my druthers is to avoid bats of any kind, anywhere, anytime, this is a great...More

Thank Manbyk
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Where else can you see 3 million Mexican Fee Tail Bat exit their resting place and head out for a night of feasting on insects? Watching them come out in a vortex funnel, (looks like a tornado) and head south for the night is amazing....More

Thank TexasBrad
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Old Tunnel State Park is a postage stamp in size at only 16 acres. But, it has an old railroad tunnel that the bats have taken over. During the Summer months and a bit into Sept more then 3 million Mexican free tail bats and...More

Thank Maggie W
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We went there on a Sunday evening with our kids and 4 grandkids; ages 4-7. In May -October, they open the lower deck so that you can get up close and personal with millions of bats that emerge from the old railroad tunnel at dusk....More

1  Thank Debra B
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Karen B
5 August 2017|
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Response from kkTaylor | Reviewed this property |
call the park for the latest updates. 830-978-2287.
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Rachel W
23 January 2017|
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Response from txteacher_girl | Reviewed this property |
Check their website. I believe it said May-November. Have fun though! There's lots to do in the area.
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Holly F
13 January 2017|
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Response from David D | Reviewed this property |
Alamo Springs Café is worth the trip even without the bats
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