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Giant Paddleboard at Sunset w/ Bats!

Austin, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Darby & Aaron

2.5 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

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 6 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 or take a traditional single paddle board or kayak.

The mega paddle boards make for an excellent family or group option cause you get to stay together and share the experience. There is plenty of room on the board to bring food and drinks.

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
Other things to note
daytime tours = We can start at a few different places depending on what you want. Let's chat.

Sunset tours = downtown with the bats. location is under i-35 at town lake. See video for meet-up spot

The giant boards require at least 2 people. Solo bookers may be asked to kayak or single paddleboard
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 ju…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Life Jackets
    Paddles
    gigantic sup board!
From $69
/ person
Book for a private group
Thu, 22 Apr
$69 per person
$69 per person
Fri, 23 Apr
$69 per person
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
This time is popular
$69 per person
Sat, 24 Apr
$69 per person
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$69 per person

Meet your host, Darby & Aaron

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 154 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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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 4.88 out of 5 from 154 reviews.

Rose
April 2021
Aaron called exactly the time the bats would start flying (8:14 baby) and had us perfectly positioned for the the experience. He provided us with the perfect balance of chill freedom, good instructions, and interesting facts. The views, the water, and the bats were beautiful!
Aaron called exactly the time the bats would start flying (8:14 baby) and had us perfectly positioned for the the experience. He provided us with the perfect balance of chill freed…
Annie
April 2021
This was such a great experience!! Aaron was super friendly and super chill and made a great host for the event! My friend and I were first time paddle boarders and he was very helpful and explained the whole process and what to expect. He also communicated well before the event as to where to meet and what to bring etc. He also gave us a list of fun things to do in Austin while we’re here which was a nice gesture! I even give him bonus points for knowing the exact time we would see the bats flying! I had such a fun time and learned a lot about that bats! I would definitely book this experience again and he has my highest recommendations!
This was such a great experience!! Aaron was super friendly and super chill and made a great host for the event! My friend and I were first time paddle boarders and he was very hel…
Britta
April 2021
So much fun. We were able to go at our own pace, and as beginners that was great. Aaron was a terrific host. Definitely recommend!
Noelle
April 2021
Awesome tour from Aaron to see the bats! Great views and the giant SUP was lots of fun! Aaron was knowledgeable, personable, and a great guide! Highly recommend!
Melanie
April 2021
We really enjoyed our paddle board trip to see the bats! Aaron was very flexible and knowledgeable. Great experience for kids and adults.
Angela
April 2021
Aaron was a great tour guide, very relaxed and chill evening. Saw the bats come from under the bride and even got to paddle back in the same direction they were flying!

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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