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Congress Avenue Kayaks

74 Trinity St, Waller Creek Boathouse, Austin, TX 78701-4208
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Big group of middle schoolers all happy!

Had a fantastic experience with Jeff and the staff at Congress Avenue Kayaks. We had 24 middle... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rebecca P
The Kayak Rental was great but Somebody’s Been Messin’ with Texas!

I rented a kayak to explore Lady Bird Lake. It was a beautiful sunny day. The staff at Congress... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa R
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Sacramento, California
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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 new Waller Creek Boathouse, we invite first-timers and experienced paddlers to come visit!
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“double kayak” (3 reviews)
“fun outing” (3 reviews)
“bat tour” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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74 Trinity St, Waller Creek Boathouse, Austin, TX 78701-4208
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a fantastic experience with Jeff and the staff at Congress Avenue Kayaks. We had 24 middle schoolers and 4 chaperones paddling on Lady Bird Lake on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Good little instruction at the beginning and guiding "lite"- (which is all middle schoolers...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rented a kayak to explore Lady Bird Lake. It was a beautiful sunny day. The staff at Congress Avenue Kayaks were friendly and helpful. But the Lake was filled with trash!! Styrofoam cups, plastic in all shapes and sizes, paper, a bicycle seat, tennis...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Went on a Saturday morning. Went to this kayak company because it wasn’t as crowded than the other kayak company closer to Barton Springs. The staff was very friendly and courteous. You can leave your shoes in a crate next to the boathouse or there...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

A friend and I used a GroupOn. It was a great value, and we had a lot of fun with great views. It was much easier to do than we expected even though it was our first time.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I come here A LOT -I always promote this place via Instagram and Facebook and tag my kids, their friends, and my kids friends parents ... we have never ever had an issue and service is always friendly and efficient. Today I brought parents visiting...More

1  Thank Jen W
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Darla M, Owner at Congress Avenue Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for writing Jen. I can tell from your note that your group was disappointed in not going on the water. You bet, kiddos can go out at Congress Avenue Kayaks in their own kayaks as long as parents are accompanying them, unless weather...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We took the 9:30 AM Friday guided paddle on Lady Bird Lake. Enjoyed the time as the lake wasn't busy yet and the day was still fairly cool. Our guide was new and not yet fully knowledgeable of the sights (in fact this was his...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Booked the bat tour during Labor Day weekend. 1 reservation covers 2 people in a double kayak. Start time was noted as 6:35pm but we didn't actually get into the boats until around 7pm. With the late start, we still had enough time to paddle...More

Thank LisaLaza
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Darla M, Owner at Congress Avenue Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you for taking time to post your feedback on our guided bat tour Lisa. We hope it went smoothly for your party and that you received interesting bat facts. Alas, bats will begin migration to Central America and not fly as regularly in the...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We tried out kayaking because my sister found a great deal online. The website suggested we park close to the cultural center but it was a long walk especially on a hot summer day! There was a long line but it went fast. The staff...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

We found a groupon for Congress Ave Kayaks and were so happy we went. We chose to rent paddle boards which are usually $40/person for 2 hours but the groupon was half that. The rental was simple and quick. We spent a lovely two hours...More

Thank Nicole S
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Darla M, Owner at Congress Avenue Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us at Congress Avenue Kayaks and letting us know how we did. Floating and drifting is our favorite too! Hope you can return and let us know how we're doing here.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017

After doing a Lone Star Kayak bat tour together, my wife booked this one on her own. The cost was cheaper than Lone Star and the tour was probably a bit less extensive. Overall it was a great value.

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sativaf2017
18 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
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Sunlovinj
18 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!
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