We took the cruise on a suggestion from our hotel staff. Glad we did. The boat leaves the dock at just the right time to cruise under the bridge and arrive in a nice spot not too far from it. If you want to see bats, this is the best way to do it. We went on a Friday night. On Saturday, we stood on the bridge for a different angle. It was crowded and difficult to get any kind of a good view, unless I guess you get there really early and stake out a spot. The cruise is much more relaxed with the better view. Also, it is not overpriced, and our "captain" mentioned they work for tips. He was worth it. Just remember to make your reservation in advance, as it seems to pretty much sell out every trip. And yes, if we return to Austin sometime, we would do it again.
Thanks for the kind words! We agree, it is the best seat in the house!
Please keep us in mind the next time you want to get out on the lake!