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Lone Star River Boat

South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
+1 512-327-1388
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Bat Cruise was good but customer service could use help

Called several hours before and they said we could show up and get tickets. So drive down there... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
jeff77664
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Couldn't be bothered to contact me

Wanted to go on a river bat cruise in Austin and tried to phone them. They only have a message... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
Matthew L
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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A scenic tour of the city by boat, passing million dollar homes and breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“captain chris” (9 reviews)
“the congress” (23 reviews)
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South shore of Town Lake, Between the Congress Ave. and South First St. bridges, Austin, TX
South Austin
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+1 512-327-1388

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Called several hours before and they said we could show up and get tickets. So drive down there and found out that we had to be placed onto a wait list (but did get onto boat). The boat ride itself is pretty cool with the...More

Thank jeff77664
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Wanted to go on a river bat cruise in Austin and tried to phone them. They only have a message service and they couldn't be bothered to get back to me. Very disappointing.More

Thank Matthew L
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

We are very sorry you could not reach us. Our message system clearly states you may go online to purchase tickets for your cruises with your credit card, we hope you were able to do that and get on a boat . We do our...More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

My young bride and I took a trip to Austin and taking a riverboat evening cruise was the first thing we did. We loved the BYOB concept and the professional crew. The boat was full but not uncomfortably packed. We sat in plastic lawn chairs...More

Thank mikehh404
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Capt Shelby was great. Lots more to see and learn about that the bats. She was very informative and funny. Best $10 deal in Austin.More

Thank Susan G
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you! Captain Shelby is great and knows her narration very well and makes it interesting. It is a great deal to ride on one of our boats to see the bats, nice getting the facts too. Thank you again, we hope to see you...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Been living in Austin for nearly four years and never managed to see the bats. My nephew was visiting last week so finally got around to organizing something. For $10 a person, this was a really nice experience. Boat was clean and comfortable, short tour...More

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Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

The bat cruise is always a great experience! So glad you made it down to the river to take the cruise for this wonderful experience. Our rates and BYOB are the best! Thank you and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 11 October 2017

I take a lot of landscape photography in my free time, so this was the perfect activity to get great photos of the land and the Austin skyline. If you do go, make sure you check the weather first because I went on an extremely...More

Thank Tammie R
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

What a great way to take some photos of Austin! Thank you and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 28 September 2017

We had four adults and a three year old on this cruise. Everyone was enthralled with the information we received about the city and bats. It definitely is a must-do for anyone going to Austin. Even the three year old talked about it for days...More

Thank sandirice
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you! So happy you all had a nice time - great cruise for the family!

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We did the bat tour boat and highly recommend it! We sat on top of the double decker bus and loved it. The tour was interesting and seeing all those bats was absolutely surreal. It surpassed all of our expectations. The price is right and...More

Thank stephaniesullivan323
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

So happy you all had a nice time! Thank you and we hope to see you again soon. You are right about getting there early to get the best seats.

Reviewed 18 September 2017

If you're looking for a quite way to finish out your evening, this is it. We had just driven in from Houston, we grabbed our snacks and got on board. Parking was convenient, free and nearby. The boat took off on time. There is no...More

Thank Nicole S
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Our Friday night moonlight cruise is a wonderful way to finish your week and to start your weekend on the double-decker boat the Lone Star. Departing at 10:30pm for a one hour cruise to enjoy the Austin skyline, this cruise is BYOB and we play...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017

I was a little concerned about the boat--it seemed pretty small for the number of chairs on the deck. I was afraid there might be a bad seat. But I was proved wrong--we all were able to see the bats, the skyline, a gorgeous sunset,...More

Thank mlvfoster
Mike P, Owner at Lone Star River Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you! The pontoon boats are a wonderful way to view the bats - everyone does get the best seats and they are BYOB! Hope to see you again soon!

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30 June 2017|
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Response from Alaster83 | Reviewed this property |
Day or two , even earlier that day possibly . I think it depends on the weather and any local festivals as to how crowded the area will be.
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akinjm
15 June 2017|
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Response from Mike P | Property representative |
Hello, there is possible free parking (limited) next door at 900 W Riverside, pay parking at the Hyatt Hotel garage for about $5.00 per hour and possible free parking a few blocks away at 505 Barton Springs Road at the One... More
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Sandy B
22 October 2015|
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Response from felinefan70 | Reviewed this property |
It looks like if you want to do a bat-watching cruise, that goes daily. The other two cruises they offer are on the weekend. We went on the weekend afternoon cruise which was lovely and entertaining.
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