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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Features Animals
As featured in 3 Days in Austin
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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.

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Dusk bat show!

We got there too early, but at 820 the bats were amazing!!! It was crazy the number of bats! And lot of people watching it.

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Sudbury, Ontario
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very great place to visit. You can walk along the river and seat below the bridge to see the bats looking for food. I had a very good time enjoying the sunset and watching the bats.

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Sudbury, Ontario
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got there too early, but at 820 the bats were amazing!!! It was crazy the number of bats! And lot of people watching it.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i found out the bats don't come out every night. was very disappointed we didn't get to see them. found a good place to watch for them but they never came out

Thank Lovethecayamnislands
Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived at 7pm...bats came out around 8:30. In fact...too dark that no one couldn't see them. Probably the pictures posted are photoshop or it was on another season

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walked over from a local downtown restaurant with 3 young children. They were excited to see the bats. The bats were mostly a NO SHOW. They did not fly out in a "swarm" as you see on the pics. It is their "pregnant mom" season. We did however see a few bats fly out on the edges of the water... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice crowd, beautiful sunset, and no bats. A couple by me said it was their third night in a row waiting for the bats to come out with no luck.

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Sierra Madre, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I saw some amazing photos of streams of bats emerging from the bridge. Apparently they are migrating from Mexico so they are not that dense until summer. That being said it was still cool to see 50 or so flying around under the bridge. I walked under the bridge on the cesear Chavez side. Also the sign on the opposite... More 

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Coto de Caza, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First, check that it is the summer months and expect them to come out whenever they want! 😝 We waited until a good hour after sunset and the whole flock still never came out. Some here and there, but just a couple at a time. Make sure ur there early for parking tho. It gets pretty crowded. Bring chairs/blanket and... More 

Thank Renee J
Bay Area, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm a bat person. I love them and have had them in my home. I watched them swoop out by the hundreds in a dramatic descent from my Eve's. Twice I've come here to see the bats and both times I've been disappointed. Not the bats fault! Come in summer. You'll see lots then. Until the height of summer, it... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While I wouldn't race back to see this again, it was absolutely a unique experience. When we were watching, the bats came out from the S. Congress side of the bridge. If I returned, would rent a kayak or go out on a boat to view from below the bridge.

Thank Bibi06820

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