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Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve

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Address: near State Highway 290, Mason, TX
Phone Number: 210-224-8774
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: One of the largest bat nurseries in the country, inhabited by about four...
One of the largest bat nurseries in the country, inhabited by about four million females from May to October.
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Batty in Mason

One of the most impressive bat viewing experiences I have ever had. Watching the bats return was spectacular. Highly recommend this if you're in Mason

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the most impressive bat viewing experiences I have ever had. Watching the bats return was spectacular. Highly recommend this if you're in Mason

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I have seen bat emergencies in Austin, at Bracken Cave and Old Tunnel. But I've never gotten up before dawn to catch them returning home to the roost at sunrise. What an amazing experience! The setup here makes for a wonderfully close view of one of nature's most amazing spectacles. Steward Vicki Ritter was awesome- so knowledgeable!

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Mason, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a great experience to see thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats exiting their caves for their nightly meal of thousands of insects. You'll learn a lot about the bats from the knowledgeable Mason "bat lady"! Fun for the whole family. You will need to walk a good distance on hilly, rocky soil so be prepared and wear comfortable shoes... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The bats fly out at dusk each evening. The tornado formation is very fascinating. The best time to view is June because you also get to see other wildlife eat the bats that collide with one another. There is approximately 14 million bats that fly each night.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have seen bat flights across Texas and at Carlsbad. They all vary, but to see such a large number of bats leave so close to where you are sitting is incredible! I wish I had known about this sooner, as I would have been several times by now. The steward was very kind and helpful, the location was great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

How many times do you get to see 4 million bats leave their cave from a seat 10 feet away? The trip out is a beautiful drive in itself. It is best to call a head so the bat steward can tell you the best time to come out. It will make for a nice peaceful evening.

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

This was worth the drive. I can't believe how close we were to the bats. We got to see lots of other animals too that had come out for a dinner of bats.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We recently took our girls, ages 6 and 3, to Eckert bat cave. It was quite fascinating. The park ranger was friendly and knowledgable. Be sure you arrive early enough so that no one is trying to come down the hill when you're driving up. You'll find yourself backing down as there's no room to turn around. There's also a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Quite an impressive sight to see the bats depart at sunset. Make sure you go in a vehicle like a pickup if the river is flowing because you will need to cross the river at a low water crossing.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

I took my grandsons to see the bats and was concerned about the roads. I am so glad that I took the time and trouble to take them because it is something i and they will not ever forget. We had a friendly and knowledgable guide and an up close look at an incredible bat emergence. I would highly recommend... More 

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