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A fabulous natural show - and its free.

The park website says that the bats are only there until October so we went with low expectations... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andy1w
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England
See the bats or go for quick hike

This park is a short drive through the hill country from Fredericksburg. We hiked in the early... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
travelingAggie
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austin, texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park website says that the bats are only there until October so we went with low expectations. However it seems that towards the end of the season the numbers are higher as more bats stop off on the migration to Mexico. So if they have not moved on, early November can be a great time to see lots of them. Tonight was spectacular with (according to the regular volunteers) a huge number of bats, and an early departure from the tunnel in good light. Not very many people there but for those who were it was easy to see and photograph. Awesome

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park is a short drive through the hill country from Fredericksburg. We hiked in the early morning and had the whole park to ourselves. We were able to see the bats at the end of the tunnel. The trail loop is an easy hike with lots of natural scenery. Drive over to Luckenbach for a beer after your hike, if it’s around lunch time.

Thank travelingAggie
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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped by to watch the bats and enjoyed a history lesson, bat education experience, and a short nature hike. The only thing is that the bats slept in on our visit, they didn't come out until well past dusk so our viewing was limited but it was still something! No light/flashes allowed so I would recommend to download a night vision app if they make this a habit.

Thank Shanna J
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were staying at a bed and breakfast not too far from here. We went around 9:00 am just to check out the area so we did not see the bat viewing but we still had a great time. They have some signs that tell about the history of the place. They also have a very nice and peaceful walking trail. If you do the loop though, you do eventually have to walk up an incline. We had a great time walking the trail and looking down the bat cave. We saw lots of bats swarming down in the cave. This did not cost anything and it was a great way to start our day. I would recommend to wear tennis shoes. I wore flats so I ended up having to clean them up after the walk. This place is also a good place for outdoor photos as well.

Thank Lisamg01
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

An interesting place to visit, children of all ages would love seeing the bats leave the tunnel out for their evening dinner. Park Rangers were informative and excellent. It is 10 good miles off 290 but there is a cafe back there but not open when we visited. Check out the web site for Fredericksburg bats "Old Tunnel State Park". Several videos to watch.

Thank Percy M
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

This was everything we’d hoped it would be! A truly breathtaking experience.
We went twice and were very lucky as the bats came out about half an hour before it got too dark to see them on both occasions. First on a Wednesday, when only the (free) upper viewing area is open. Take binoculars if you have them as you can see the bat emergence for longer as the binos cut out the light a little. From the upper level, you are looking down on the tunnel entrance, which is off to the right side. You can see the stream of bats very clearly as they cascade up among the trees in front of the entrance and then as they stream across the sky above the trees in swirling black clouds. There was an excellent volunteer who did a great little talk and kept us entertained and informed in the hour preceding the emergence.
We returned on the following evening so that we could go to the lower level ($5 each). There’s a couple of short flights of steps down to an area of bench seat which is situated right next to the tunnel entrance. If you walk on a little further, there is a small bridge from where you can look back through the tunnel and make out the bats flying around inside.
As we were after Labor Day the lower area was only half full. So there was no need to arrive particularly early.
This time, the ranger gave a talk. Some repeated from the night before, but very interesting and she was very knowledgeable. Again the bats came out on schedule and it was so amazing. At any one time there were tens of thousands of bats flapping past and around us.
One plea - please be silent while watching. On the second night no-one spoke for 20 minutes and we could just hear the constant flapping as the bats moved past. It was magical and awe-inspiring.

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Reviewed 16 September 2018

We visited the park in the evening for the purpose of watching the bat colony emerge for their nightly feeding. There was a knowledgeable park volunteer who told us about the park, the old railway, and the bats that summer in the surrounding area. Eventually the bats emerged from their home in the abandoned tunnel. It was quite a sight. I would recommend this side trip when you visit Fredericksburg. We saw a lot of live stock and deer on our way out to the park. We were a couple, but I think most kids would like to see this and learn from the trip.

Thank Rschreit
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

Visitors to Old Tunnel State Park typically schedule their time when the bats come out of the tunnel. If you are looking for peace & quiet, a quiet place to relax during the day, Old Tunnel may be for you.

Thank Manbyk
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

We did a quick stop at Old Tunnel State Park to view the tunnel. The observation deck is beautiful- you can see great views of Hillcountry. The trails are very well maintained and marked. It is a very short walk to see the tunnel, which is a very neat sight.

This whole park is based around the 2-3 million bats that live in the tunnel. I would have liked more information about the historic tunnel itself rather than the bats. Other people have noted a smell from the bats. I can say that there was no awful smell to be on a hot July day.

2  Thank ASeier_Travels
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Reviewed 22 July 2018

We stopped during the day just to see the tunnel and to have a quick little hike. No entrance fee during the day. It's a pretty walk, some steps and down/up hill terrain but not bad! The suprise for us was we could see the bats flitting about in the tunnel from the bridge in the middle of the day. The kids thought that was cool. We were the only people here during our stay!
Oh and we did not notice any smell as some others have referred to.

2  Thank Jan K
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