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Lone Star River Boat

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Neighbourhood: South Austin
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Address: South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
Phone Number: +1 512-327-1388
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A scenic tour of the city by boat, passing million dollar homes and...

A scenic tour of the city by boat, passing million dollar homes and breathtaking natural scenery.

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Wonderful evening tour!

I really enjoyed the Lonestar Riverboat tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about Austin and made some good jokes during the tour too. We all had a good time and the tour was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
drhippi1
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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed the Lonestar Riverboat tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about Austin and made some good jokes during the tour too. We all had a good time and the tour was very reasonably priced. The only thing I didn't like about the tour was getting to the boat. It was unclear to my family(we are not from Austin)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent way to view the bats' evening flight while you learn interesting facts about the bat colony. Not only did we have a great vantage point for view the bats, we toured the River and learned fascinating information about the bridges, the Downtown Austin Buildings, and other interesting facts about Austin. Our River Boat guide was very... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had several options for watching the bats and I'm glad we picked Lone Star riverboat. Our guide was funny and informative… It's a must-see and a must do! Really unique experience!

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Dayton, Ohio
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I may have been lucky enough to sit with some amazing people on the boat but this was so much fun. Get on one of the smaller boats, the larger boat doesn't seem to get as close. Bring a snack and some beer for the hour long trip and you'll be sure to have fun.

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we do have wonderful guests that come to see the bats and the small boats are awesome for your bat watching experiences. Hope to see you all at another time. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I purchased a Groupon for a sightseeing cruise on a Saturday at 3 pm for $12 (included 4 people, truly a great deal!). I made the reservations on the Thursday prior, so there was plenty availability. We arrived at 2 pm, doors opened at 2:15 pm. The double-decker boat filled up fast. It is BYOB, so feel free to bring... More 

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

We appreciate your great review of our sightseeing cruise. We will definitely pass this onto Captain Chris to make sure he has the correct information while doing his narrations. The cruise is a very nice way to take a break, enjoy a drink and the beautiful sceanry while cruising the beautiful Colorado River on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great way to see the bats. Can't be beat for ten dollars. Nice little lake tour and great view of the bats. You can also byob.

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

It is one of the best deals in Austin! So happy you enjoyed your bat watching/sunset cruise on beautiful Lady Bird Lake. Hope to see you all again soon. Thank you! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The boat ride was really relaxing. Captain Chris was hysterical, and he got the best view under the bridge of the bats.

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

So happy you all had a great time viewing the bats - we do try to give you our valued guests the best experience with our experienced, awesome Captains and our special lights to see the bats departing after sunset when needed. Thank you and hope to see you all again soon. More 

Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great experience on Lone Star River Boats on their bat watching cruise. We spent about 40 minutes cruising up the Lake (Colorado River) in. The opposite direction of the 'bat bridge.'. Our guide Captain Chris gave us some history of the lake and of Austin. His witty humors and knowledge make the time on the water worthwhile. Eventually... More 

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

Thank you, our Captain Chris is very knowledgeable and he is also very entertaining too. The bats seem to be coming out a little after dark so it is nice with have the special lights to see them. Please come visit us again soon. More 

Los Fresnos, Texas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Had a fantastic time on our Lone Star Riverboat cruise, watching the bats at Congress Bridge. Our captain (Erin) was very knowledgeable and she made it a fun (but not cheesy) experience. We had a blast and I'd recommend it to anyone. The bats are simply fabulous!

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this review

So nice to hear from you, thank you for your wonderful review! We do pride ourselves with having the best Captains who are very knowledgeable and enjoy doing their jobs which gives our guests a fantastic narrated cruise each evening. We hope you visit us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable, weather was great and our captain was very entertaining and knowledgeable about the city. Adult beverages are acceptable on the cruise. If you purchase at the gate, they only accept cash. We saw the bats, but we were not able to get any good pics.

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