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Capital Cruises

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Austin, TX, USA
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About Capital Cruises
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!
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hidey-holer wrote a review Sep 2020
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Very much an Austin thing: a little boat ride that takes you upriver (yes, Austin has a river that's clean and unmarred by shoreline restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, etc.) for a half-mile to check out the Austin skyline, then back down to where the half-million bats pour out from under the bridge. Sunset was beautiful, weather was great, bats were batty. The boat itself was very Covid-cautious -- a max of 10 people spaced on each (normally) 36-person boat. There were four of us -- we saw couples, kids, and larger groups of 6 or 7 friends. Friendly tour guide/driver, informative about Austin history and river ecology. A very inexpensive unique two-hour excursion. Parking is not too tough, since most on-street slots are free after 6 p.m., and Covid has cleared out lots of downtown lots (even on a workday, when we went).
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises
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Thanks for joining us and taking the time to post! We are glad that you enjoyed the tour and appreciate our efforts regarding the safety of our passengers during this strange time! We hope to see you again soon!
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MaJu wrote a review Sep 2020
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Seeing the bats was a great experience. It was an almost endless cloud of "4 in. flying chicken nuggets" as the guide called them
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises
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So glad you enjoyed the tour and were able to get a chuckle as well! We thank you for joining us and look forward to getting you out on the lake in the future!
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Gracie B wrote a review Sep 2020
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This experience was spectacular! The physical distancing was greatly appreciated. Our guide Brittany was so knowledgeable I thought she was a historian. She was also polite, accommodating and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises
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Thanks so much for taking and time to post and for the recommendation! We love to hear it when people not only like the tour, but feel safe during this time. Give us a call the next time you want to get out on the lake!
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Angela H wrote a review Sep 2020
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I've been wanting to watch the bats fly out for a good while now. This was the best experience ever! The tour wasnt over booked and they had each group of people seperated for social distancing. Our tour guide Brittany (hope I spelled correctly) was amazing. Not only did we get a small tour of Ladybird Lake but we had the best view of the bats flying out. I highly recommend using Capital Cruises if you want to watch the bats.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises
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Thanks so much for the recommendation! We strive to provide a great experience from start to finish even in these strange times. Glad you could join us and hope to see you again soon!
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Tammy V wrote a review Sep 2020
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We did the bat cruise last night and it was wonderful!! Lorrie was our guide and she was great! Very fun hearing all about the city of Austin and the buildings. It was a perfect night! They take the whole social distancing seriously and it was great to be on the water while watching the bats!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CapitalCruises, Owner at Capital Cruises
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the kind words! We will be sure to let Lorrie know that you enjoyed the tour as she loves the feedback! It's always good to hear that we are providing an activity that makes people feel safe during these strange times. Give us a call the next time you want to get out on the water!
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