Giant Paddleboard at Sunset w/ Bats!

Austin, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Darby & Aaron

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 30.
Includes equipment

What you'll do

This is the best way to experience the bats hands down. The journey on the 5-6 person giant paddle board starts with epic downtown views during the day, continues with the sunset, then observing the 1.5 million bats fly out and ends the night paddling back after dark in the city glow.

Booking this tour for the sunset and bats puts you along side Austin's #1 experience "kayaking w/ the bats" only you're on a board! Its the same trip just a different vessel.

I also host daytime paddles using the same boards so message me if you want to take a custom trip on the boards to a secret island or the springs

Don't let the word "Paddleboard" fool you. This is 15 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. It is ultra stable. You will not get wet unless you choose to go for a swim. You can sit down, stand up, or even lay down. It's impossible to fall into the water on accident.

It takes 2 people to paddle a giant board so single travelers may be asked to join another group.

The mega paddle boards make for an excellent family or group option cause you get to stay together and share the experience.

As a bonus, as soon as you book, my auto-reply welcome message has my personal guidebook to Austin that can help you plan the rest of your Austin vacation.!

View my IG: @boatsandbats
This is the best way to experience the bats hands down. The journey on the 5-6 person giant paddle board starts with epic downtown views during the day, continues with the sunset, then observing the 1.5 million bats fly out and ends the night paddling back after dark in the city glow.

Booking this tour for the sunset and bats puts you along side Austin's #1 experience "kayaking w/ the bats" only you're on a board! Its the same trip jus…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Life Jackets
    Paddles
    gigantic sup board!

Meet your host, Darby & Aaron

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 231 Reviews
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I love Austin and paddleboarding. We do this trip often with friends and family and want to share it with everyone! I have traveled to 30+ countries and paddle board whenever I get the chance. I like meeting people from all over the world and have given this trip over 150 times this year alone!

I host this trip along side my husband who offers the kayak version. His version of this same trip is the #1 experience in Austin. He hosts the kayakers and I host the Giant Paddle boarders.
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From ₹3,561
/ person
Wed, 4 Aug
From ₹36,348 per group
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Private groups only
From ₹36,348 per group
Thu, 5 Aug
₹3,561 per person
₹3,561 per person
Thu, 5 Aug
₹3,561 per person
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Where you'll be

We will be paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake. If you take the sunset tour you'll get to see the skyline during the day, then the sunset, then the bats, then downtown skyline at night!

If you want to book during the day, we can go explore a secret island downtown or paddle in the spring water below Barton Spings pool to enjoy the most wildlife.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 231 reviews.

Daniela
August 2021
All the instructions were super helpful and made it a stress free evening. It was super fun. My family had a blast. I would do it again.
Stephanie
July 2021
We really enjoyed our paddle board adventure! We had no trouble at all finding the meeting spot and the group left right on time. Aaron did a great job of providing information and letting everyone move at their own pace. We got to see a beautiful sunset and bats, and really enjoyed the nighttime paddle back. The giant paddle boards were very cool. We had 4 on ours, none of us very athletic, and we didn’t have any trouble paddling our board. It was a great workout! And I was surprised at how stable it felt! We sat most of the trip – 1-2 of us standing felt very stable, but we all felt a little too wobbly when we all stood. Aaron and the other guides captured some great pictures of our group and airdropped them to us when we got back to the dock. We just went last night and I’ve already recommended this to several people! I will absolutely book this adventure again!
We really enjoyed our paddle board adventure! We had no trouble at all finding the meeting spot and the group left right on time. Aaron did a great job of providing information a…
Haley
July 2021
Great adventure! Highly recommend! Aaron is such a great person and guide. He tells the group the background of bats in Austin and provides a great spot to watch.
Spencer
July 2021
Aaron and the crew did an amazing job explaining the area around the Congress Bridge and made it fun leading up to the main event of the bats. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading in but it ended up being one of my favorite experiences while in Austin
Aaron and the crew did an amazing job explaining the area around the Congress Bridge and made it fun leading up to the main event of the bats. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading…
Marybeth
July 2021
The paddleboat tour was just the right length. My family was able to be all on the same boat. The boat was pretty easy to maneuver. The sunset over the water with the bridge in the background was pretty. The movement of the bats was spectacular to see. The evening was cool, calm, and the water was warm. My daughter even went for a little dip in the water. Highly recommend.
The paddleboat tour was just the right length. My family was able to be all on the same boat. The boat was pretty easy to maneuver. The sunset over the water with the bridge i…
Justin
July 2021
SUCH an incredible experience! Aaron was so awesome and such a good time! Saw an amazing sunset, tons of bats, an amazing full moon, and lots of laughs. Highly recommended!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

swimming attire

water shoes or sandals