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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
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5123279721
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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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Fun gathering of people for an odd reason.

This spectacle various depending on the time of year. It's my understanding that during the summer months the bat popular is larger and more active so the nighttime event is more... read more

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st joseph
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This spectacle various depending on the time of year. It's my understanding that during the summer months the bat popular is larger and more active so the nighttime event is more spectacular. What I found enjoyable was being among a crowd of people who wanted to see bats fly out from under a bridge. The park below was filled with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We got to see this on a trip to Austin. Holy Cow. This is the most amazing thing. It's just something you have to see to understand. Don't miss this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Congress Bridge has a HUGE bat colony that lives underneath and it is a breathtaking sight to see them fly off at dusk. The best time to see them is in October!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately as it is usually the case, this tradition has attracted too many spectators and so being able to witness the bats in all their flying splendor can be a great moment or a flop. Last couple of times it was disappointing even when we switched to different location. All in all is worth the try but have a plan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 6 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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