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“Congress Bridge Bats”
Review of Capital Cruises

Capital Cruises
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is the second time I have used Capital Cruises, it was great again. You must book online as I didn't see any opportunity for just walk-up business, as they were booked . The check-in process was simply, show up 30 minutes before your cruise, to confirm reservation. If you show up a little early, you can get drinks/snacks ( Starbucks) at the Hyatt Regency. Our boat was a larger boat with air conditioning and bathrooms on the lower deck. The lower deck had some seating but most seats were on upper deck. The accessibility to the upper deck was very doable for seniors. It was a great relaxing ride, and Beck was a very knowledgeable guide. Being on the water was a great experience while the bats came out from under the bridge. We got some great pictures from the angle the boat was positioned. The whole experience was great.

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CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thanks for the review and tips for our future guests! We will make sure to pass along your kind words to Beck as all of our captains love the feedback! Thanks for taking a ride with us again!

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

We took our school-aged grandchildren on this adventure recently. (It was easily booked online) They were enthralled, as we all were! It was as though the bats were perfectly scripted. The scout bats came out first, a few minutes earlier than usual, eventually followed by 5-6 thick streams of eastbound bats, twirling in absolute synchronization! While we were told to keep our mouths closed "just in case...", sure enough, several of us felt a few tiny drops land on us, but not enough to ruin our boat ride. We chose the open flatboat, complete with the 6 ft. mascot on the back, for the best sky view. Because of the early bat flight, our ride past the skyline and park were after the flight. It was relaxing and informative with a delightful guide.

Thank shermanparents
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CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thanks for the glowing review! The bats are putting on their best shows of the year and we are glad to have taken you out to see them. Keep us in mind for next time!

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this one hour tour. Timing was great, as bats were early that night. They did fly over us, so don't wash your hair first or wear your favorite things.
Tyrone was a good tour guide, he took us farther down the lake after and we got more info about the lake and history, which was great. The other two boats out at the same time didn't do that, not sure what they did. We came 30 minutes early as instructed to wait in line, as did everyone else. They don't leave until it's actually time though, which is dumb to make people come 30 early then just sit on a full boat and stare at the dock.

We would recommend this, and will bring our kids back.

Thank OriginalYouth
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CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thanks for joining us with your family on the nightly tour and we love the feedback! We are glad that we could show you the lake and look forward to getting you out next time!

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

I recently had the opportunity to go on a "bat cruise," on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. It was an absolutely delightful experience. Our bat expert of the evening, Raynor, was full of fun facts about bats and about Austin. I have done this many times in my 30+ years of living in Austin, but this was definitely the best experience I've had. My grandchildren (ages 9, 7, 6, and 4), were fascinated and paid attention, even asked questions! The bats even cooperated by coming out early--we got some spectacular photos. If you arrive early enough, there is $5 parking at the Hyatt (once ground lots fill up, parking in the garage is $5/hr). Raynor had a nice mix of serious information and fun camaraderie in his job, holding our attention and answering our questions. It is something everyone who visits Austin should experience, and I definitely recommend our experience with Capital Cruises.

1  Thank eellis2015
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CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thanks so much for the glowing review! I will certainly pass this along to Rainer as our captains love the feedback! Thanks again and let us know when you want to get out on the lake again!

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

A great experience, especially for the kids. It is fairly easy to find and parking is available. The people were very friendly and did a great job of explaining why the bats were there and other information about the bats and were very good at answering the questions, the boat was clean and comfortable.

Thank Drew C
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CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thanks for the feedback Drew! Please keep us in mind the next time you want to get out on the lake!

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