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Capital Cruises

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Neighbourhood: South Austin
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Address: Hyatt Regency Town Lake boat dock, Austin, TX
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Capital Cruises offers a selection of services for any lake event or...

Capital Cruises offers a selection of services for any lake event or activity on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Not only do we offer our famous nightly sunset/bat watching excursion, we also specialize in dinner cruises and private events for all occasions. Looking for something a little more physical? Come down and rent a canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, swan pedal boat, or an electric boat.With our all electric fleet and the beautiful backdrop of Austin's skyline on Lady Bird Lake, Capital Cruises is the ultimate Austin Experience!

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Our family of 5 (kids ranging from 7 to 14) battled traffic to get into downtown Austin for the 7:30 ride. Check-in was a breeze. We chose the boat with no roof and a large bat... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MamaBatsch
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family of 5 (kids ranging from 7 to 14) battled traffic to get into downtown Austin for the 7:30 ride. Check-in was a breeze. We chose the boat with no roof and a large bat perched on it. Our driver was EXCELLENT. He was funny, engaging, and answered all of our questions. We had the best view of the... More 

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Thank MamaBatsch
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

We are so glad to show you the unique view of this amazing natural event! Give us a call the next time your visit and want to get out on the lake! More 

Arlington, Texas
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my friend on this cruise as she had never see the bats before. The boat captain was knowledgeable and funny. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the buildings we passed, actually more than I did the bats themselves as I've seen them many times. It was also fun watching the people arrayed along the bridge and riverside... More 

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Thank DRobinson1980
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat was an excellent way to view the bats. We were lucky to have great weather and it was very pleasant spending an hour cruising on the river before getting back to the bridge to see the bats fly. Our tour guide Brittany was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the people on the boat clearly enjoyed her. We were... More 

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Carrboro
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this fun affordable way to view the bats emerging from Congress street bridge. Nature is amazing

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Thank Madyblobe
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback! We hope to be able to get you on the lake in the future! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a big party of 10 (adults and young children) in Austin for the first time for a family reunion. This was a nice leisurely sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake for the group. The cruise provided a good intro to Austin as well as a great opportunity to watch the bats fly out from under Congress Bridge. The... More 

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Thank Caitlyn W
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback! Give us a call when you want to get back out on the lake! More 

Southbury, CT
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son has wanted to see the bats in Austin since he was a little boy and this spring break, we made the journey as a family. The week before I decided to make a reservation for a boat cruise instead of watching from the bridge and I am so happy that I did! It made it so much more... More 

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Thank Gretchen N
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Gretchen! We agree, the view from the boat is so much better! We look forward to getting you out on the lake in the future! More 

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77 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the way to see the bats make their nightly sunset flight from.the Congress Bridge. Georgia was an awesome tour guide and appeared very happy doing the tours. The cruise takes you on a little scenic tour of Austin before stopping by the bridge to watch the bats. Georgia told us all about the city, and gave us much... More 

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Thank vs54
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! Our captains love the feedback! Let us know when we can get you out on the lake in the future! More 

Richmond, Virginia
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93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice trip --just right amount of time. Suggestion would be they install some type of speaker system. sitting in front--hard to hear, especially with lots of children on board

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Thank ajgibb1
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the feedback! We are working on adding that to the tour. Please give us a call the next time you want to get out on the lake! More 

Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My group of 16 booked a private boat for a Saturday evening bat watching cruise. The two level boat is perfect for that purpose. Our group had dinner on the boat which was good. Then we had two casino games and watched the bats. The Capital staff and the casino table staff were exceptional. They were very knowledgeable. I didn't... More 

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Thank Heather C
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Heather, Thanks so much for the feedback! We look forward to getting you out on the lake in the future! More 

Dunmore, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great cruise on LadyBird Lake to see bats flying out from Ann W Richards Congress Ave Bridge. Georgia is an informative and very personable skipper

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Thank Bob D
CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Bob! We will make sure to pass this along to Georgia. Give us a call when you want to get back on the lake! More 

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