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Address: near State Highway 290, Mason, TX
Phone Number: +1 210-224-8774
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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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A Real Adventure

Whenever we are in the area we go. It's a great adventure, good for all ages. Give it whirl. Be sure to give a donation.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 20, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Whenever we are in the area we go. It's a great adventure, good for all ages. Give it whirl. Be sure to give a donation.

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Lakeway, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We own the ranch house right across the river from the Bat Cave the Bar None Ranch. We have been going to the bat cave for decades and it never gets old. People rent our ranch the Bar None Ranch just to come see the bats. The emergence is spectacular!

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Mason, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This cave is unique because it's only females and their young who are here. Best to drive a truck to this remote location.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

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 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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