Giant Paddleboard at Sunset w/ Bats!

Austin, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Darby & Aaron

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. 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
  • 285 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 4.93 out of 5 from 285 reviews.

Jennifer
October 2021
It was a great experience paddle boarding to Congress Bridge to see the bats fly out after sunset. Aaron did great with telling us the history of the bats. They gave us clear instructions to get out to bridge and back to harbor where we started. It was well organized.
Victoria
October 2021
Loved this experience! At first I was a little worried about accidentally falling into the water on the paddleboard but according to Aaron, the board super sturdy and it really was! It was really fun paddling down the river to the bridge and watching the bats up close. I enjoyed paddling back afterwards too while surrounded by the city lights.
Allison
October 2021
This was such a cool experience. Aaron did an amazing job of making sure we got to the correct meetup spot. He was organized and helpful in getting us set up with the giant paddle board. Really enjoyed hearing him share about the history behind the bats. Such a fun experience and would totally book with Aaron again.
Dario
October 2021
This was a great experience! I think the team was very knowledgeable and made sure we all were okay and having a great time.
Shyanne
October 2021
This was an awesome experience! Paddle boarding was so fun and seeing the bats is incredible, Aaron’s friend’s are very friendly and informative about the bats.
Sean
October 2021
Seriously such a rad experience! The sunset is stunning, there is no better way to experience the bats, and the skyline is stunning! Worth every penny! The big paddle board is also a lot less terrifying then a single paddle board - the 4 of us fit on their perfectly.

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Activity advisory

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Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

swimming attire

water shoes or sandals