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Old Tunnel State Park

#12 of 105 things to do in Fredericksburg Features Animals
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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Very Fascinating

This state park is famous for the bat emergence from the old train tunnel. Just a short drive South... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jody H
Tomball, Texas
Beyond awesome

We took our 15 & 19 year old along with my folks here for an evening of bat watching. The speaker... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel that is home to approximately 2 to 3 million bats. Visitors can access the short nature trail each day from sunrise until 5 p.m. Entrance to the park is free. Bats roost in the tunnel from May through October. During these months, nightly viewing of the bat emergence is available from the upper viewing area for free. Lower viewing area is only open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for $5 per person fee regardless of age. Rules for Old Tunnel State Park: No pets, no smoking on trails or in viewing areas, no alcoholic beverages, no camping, no open fires. For more detailed information about visitation, please call the number listed or visit the Old Tunnel web page.
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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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Reviewed yesterday

This state park is famous for the bat emergence from the old train tunnel. Just a short drive South of Fredericksburg. We planned to get there a little early, and had a great burger at Alamo Springs Cafe, just up the road from the tunnel....More

Thank Jody H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took our 15 & 19 year old along with my folks here for an evening of bat watching. The speaker is extremely patient & well versed on the bats. It made for an expensive yet fun evening.

Thank Hobbycenterfan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came to watch the 3,000,000 or so bats leave the cave to feed. Beautiful view of Texas Hill Country and an amazing sight to watch them exit the cave and fly off in swarms.

Thank Koala508
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get there early so you can buy the reserved seats. We got the free seating and were still close enough to see most of the bats. It seems like the swarm is never going to end. Worth the drive. Be careful, the roads are very...More

Thank Hlavenka83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great trip to Old Tunnel State Park. We sat in the Upper Observation Deck as we had a baby with us. Honestly it would have been so much cooler had we been able to do the lower seating but it was still...More

2  Thank BaileyLeclerc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grandkids always want to go here when they are in town. An amazing site to see 2 million or so bats swirling up into the sky. Great educational talk before the bats fly.

1  Thank kkTaylor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This experience compares to seeing a field of Texas Bluebonnets, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, and fall foliage in New England. I wish every Texas school kid could experience this. When we were there in early July, about one-million male bats took 10-15 minutes...More

3  Thank Mamitxoh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited twice, 2nd time got there early enough to get the lower viewing area seats. If you go make sure you get your tickets between 5:30 - 6pm so you can get down at the lowest point. Go have dinner at Alamo Springs Cafe...More

4  Thank Kirk C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While a bit of a drive outside of Fredericksburg, Old Tunnel State Park is not to be missed! At dusk, nightly, millions of bats emerge from the tunnel, and it is quite a sight to see. Call ahead to get information regarding the time to...More

1  Thank Patti4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The bats are so cool to see fly. There were 3 million Mexican free tail bats according to the guide. I will say..... call the day before to find out the flight time. We arrived waaay to early and had to wait almost two hours...More

1  Thank katyflower
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Rachel W
22 January 2017|
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Response from txteacher_girl | Reviewed this property |
Check their website. I believe it said May-November. Have fun though! There's lots to do in the area.
Holly F
12 January 2017|
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Response from David D | Reviewed this property |
Alamo Springs Café is worth the trip even without the bats
John K
26 September 2016|
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Response from Huntress57 | Reviewed this property |
As other people have responded there is a little walk down to the viewing area. The walk is not difficult but there are some short steps as you go down. Remember that you have to come up those steps. Not knowing your... More