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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

#11 of 326 things to do in Austin Features Animals
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“bat colony” (72 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I think if you are really into bats it might be The thing. It was impressive at the number of bats that came out all at once after the leader (my terminology) bats gave the all clear. I am going to go again to see...More

Thank Frances R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A large "nursing colony" of moms and their babies lives in the rafters under the Congress Street Bridge. The best way to see them in the evening is from Lady Bird Lake. A couple of firms run barges down past the bridge so you can...More

Thank Divascribe2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You want to arrive early to get a good spot on the bridge. We drove over the bridge about 7:20 and there were s bunch and people already there but still pretty of space. We parked and walked back about 7:45. We were lucky to...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed yesterday

Schedule a boat tour at dusk to witness the bat exodus, millions of bats going to feed on insects with in miles of Austin, narrated tour of Lady Bird lake with refreshments.

Thank codepat
Reviewed yesterday

After a dry spring, the bats come out early enough in the evening to be seen well and it's an incredible sight. Seen from a Capital Cruise boat with a great guide is best and all the fascinating info you hear is well worth the...More

Thank JanCordova11
Reviewed yesterday

wonderful way to enjoy some of the nature that Austin offers to residents and visitors. The sky fills with bats right at sunset.

Thank Chyrisse M
Reviewed yesterday

I was enjoying a cold beer on a hot and humid day as the bats did their nightly dance. Loved it so much came back the next day for a 2nd treat of the Austin bats before heading to CArlsbad Caverns, NM

Thank D M
Reviewed yesterday

We hung out at the bat bridge as the bats take off for their evening flight and dinner from 7:30 p.m. and they took off around 8:15 p.m. We had heard that there were traveling with a new hatching of babies and the total would...More

Thank dawnhD1527PW
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My family really enjoyed watching the bats fly from the Congress Street bridge. It only cost $7 to park in the lot near the bridge. So worth it to not walk very far. It was crazy how many bats fly out from under the bridge!...More

Thank dawnellepayne
Reviewed 2 days ago

I walked to the bridge about 30 minutes before sunset since I had heard so much about these bats. Hundreds of people eventually filled the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge, so I was glad I had a spot already. Boats came near...More

Thank Stephanie M
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Lisa N
11 June 2017|
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Response from Dansker58 | Reviewed this property |
We also parked in thelot just south of the bridge. We already had downloaded the app for payment. Very easy.
Neha P
20 April 2017|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
I would go to the bridge about a 1/2 hour before sunset (March to October, best in July & August), so that you can get a good spot. I was standing on the bridge about 1/3 of the way north of the south end of the bridge... More
Neha P
20 April 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes before sunset. If you want a better viewing position you should get there about 2 hours prior to sunset Many people sit on the grass by the newspaper rather than stand on the bridge