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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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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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“black cloud” (36 reviews)
“amazing sight” (65 reviews)
“boat tour” (79 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

Bats only come out at sunset of after, sometimes is hard to see them due to the lack of light but you can hear and feel the movement. When you are able to see them it is amazing how many they are and the fly...More

Thank Gabriel P
Reviewed yesterday

Feels like you are in the Batman cave ! A bit spooky but must see if you are in Austin.Lots of people watching

Thank Yaya s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was staying at the embassy suites right down the road. I had always heard about the bats but never knew where it was. I was coming back to my hotel from a meeting and saw everyone lining up. The area gets very packed but...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The bats coming out from under the bridge each night is one of the most amazing things you will ever see. I have watched them from the bridge and from a boat under the bridge. I highly recommend the boat excursions because it is more...More

Thank drjedwards
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, even in Texas it can get cold. We walked the river a couple of evenings just to get out for the scenery. Thought we might see a couple but is was a very cold weekend. Have seen hem before and it is worth checking...More

2  Thank Badluck711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I prefer to watch the bats from the sidewalk on Congress bridge to the park on the southside of the bridge. The problem with the park below the bridge on the SE side is that you end up getting sprinkled with a little bit of...More

Thank m7m72000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best location to see the bats is from the bank of the river. It is fascinating as a few bats (scout bats) fly out to make sure it is save and that there are no predator birds near by. If no predators are located...More

2  Thank Beverly R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a boat tour, as everyone raved, about how the bats, came out at night, from under the bridge.. But since Texas, had the storms, and floods, it seemed to have thrown the bats, timing off. We were told, that before the storms, the bats,...More

Thank britewally
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's an amazing sight to see when the bats fly from beneath the Congress Street bridge in Austin, TX. They resemble a dark cloud in the sky. The bats prefer warmer temperatures, so they fly to Mexico in the winter and return to Austin when...More

Thank Jacquelyn U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Doesn’t matter if you live in Austin or just visiting. Watching the Bats fly over the Congress Ave bridge never gets tired. To look up in the Sky standing on the Congress bridge downtown Austin while watching the bats with other onlookers is amazing.

Thank Terri T
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29 October 2017|
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Response from Kyle D | Reviewed this property |
The bats won’t be there in December. They will have already returned to Mexico
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