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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Phone Number:
5123279721
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.

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Good day visitors! If you are looking for an amazing view of the biggest colonies of bats in the USA, you just found it. Many visitors hear about the bats and they end up spending... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Austin, Texas
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Flower Mound, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love watching the bats "swarm ". Really a neat thing to see. A must do in Austin! Follow with ice cream at Amy's.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were told that we would not see many bats given the season but we wanted to take the chance anyway. We walked over the bridge and found a viewing spot below along the river just before dusk. We waited and waited while crowds were gathering and then it happened--thousand of bats darted from under the bridge in one direction.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had to go and see what the free tail bats are. Well, I couldn't really see one close, but I saw a whole family (a big family!) flying by. Truly unforgettable experience. You get a good view from the Congress Ave bridge, however, it is a completely different experience if you view them from the Lady Bird Lake. There... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the summer months, this event has to be on your "must do" list. There are many ways to view the emerging bats from bringing a blanket and sitting on the banks of Lady Bird Lake to taking a "Bat Cruise" and watching them from the water. It is truly a sight to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're around in August take an afternoon to see the bats come out from under the bridge and waft like smoke downstream. Get there early, don't be in a rush, bring the kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here to see this several times and each time I'm in awe. This is definitely a Must-see experience like none other! I've always had to park and walk. However, it's always been a simple stroll. Try to be there about an hour before sunset to find a spot. I typically bring a blanket and sit near the water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was fantastic. I love here and still go occasionally because it's pretty amazing. Make sure you check the website in advance to get an idea as to when they'll email coming out as several times of the year they really only come out after dark which limits the experience but if you time it right it's really a unique... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good day visitors! If you are looking for an amazing view of the biggest colonies of bats in the USA, you just found it. Many visitors hear about the bats and they end up spending time under the bridge to see the bats come out. Word to the wise, the pungent guano smell may keep you away. It is a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool to observe, even for Austinites who've seen them multiple times. Easily seen from the Congress Ave Bridge or from various areas along the river close to the bridge. This is a cool to warm weather activity as the bats are here only late spring through mid-fall. Boats tours are available and totally worth it but must secure in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While I'm sure this spectacle is even more impressive in summer, we still managed to see the bats, even in winter. Saw them just after sunset (around 6 or so) and they continued to stream out for at least 10 minutes. An impressive sight to see for sure, even though most of the creatures have flown south for the winter.... More 

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