Saturday, August 26
bat fest: a limited edition guided bat tour
Did you know Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world? Get a front row seat to Austin’s most popular bat sighting of the year, and join Rowing Dock for its limited-edition guided bat tour on Saturday, August 26th, during Austin’s annual Bat Fest! Beat the crowds on land and watch from the comfort of your own kayak as over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge to their nightly feeding, while listening to the live music from Bat Fest. This is the best time of year to see the bats, as baby bats are now emerging with the adults!
The 4-mile round-trip is accompanied by one of our excellent guides who will also teach you about prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, and much more. Please allow three – three and a half hours for this experience, as the bats dictate our timing.
For those interested in participating in Bat Fest prior to your guided tour at Rowing Dock, you can learn more about the festival by visiting www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/.
DATE & TIME
Saturday, August 26, 6:15pm
$45 Per Person
4 Miles Round Trip | 3 Hours - 3.5 Hours
Single and Double Kayaks
Interested in a Private Tour?
If our pre-scheduled dates don't work for your schedule or you'd prefer a private experience fo your group, please reach out and we'd be happy to arrange a tour based on your needs.Request a Private Tour
What to bring
We require each of these before you hit the water, no exceptions – but keep in mind our dock doesn’t have secured storage for additional items.
Matching Credit Card
(provided at dock)
RULES & GUIDELINES FOR SMOOTH SAILING
Rule number one, obviously, is to have fun. Alas, there are a few more things to know before you row.
Guided Tour FAQs
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