We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Features Animals
As featured in 3 Days in Austin
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Phone Number:
+1 512-327-9721
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.

Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Bat City Bridge Segway Tour in Austin
More Info
and up
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour
More Info
and up
Austin Bat Watching Bike Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,699 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1245
  • 735
    Very good
  • 414
  • 126
  • 50
Over rated

I believe this Austin attraction is over rated although we have taken many guests to see it. If you do go I suggest you buy a seat on one of the boats and sight see from under... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gary T
Austin, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

2,699 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 2,570: English reviews
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
319 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I believe this Austin attraction is over rated although we have taken many guests to see it. If you do go I suggest you buy a seat on one of the boats and sight see from under the bridge. You can be disappointed since on some nights the bats seem to stay home.

Thank Gary T
Round Rock, Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had dinner on the outdoor terrace of the Radisson Hotel, which has an excellent view of the bats when they fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge. It is amazing.

1 Thank SusieQ002
Level Contributor
154 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had no idea about the bats until I ran under the bridge on the trail and smelled guano. Lots of interesting displays to tell you about the whole bat story. Go there 15-20 minutes before sunset for the full display!

Thank WinecountryMartha
Killeen, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The bats were a little later than we thought. We were told 30 minutes prior to sundown is the best time, our was more like 30 minutes after. They were amazing and beautiful to watch.

Thank Eunbit H
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stood on Congress Avenue Bridge for nearly two hours on Monday night last, May 22nd, but unfortunately the Bats did not come out. There were a lot of people waiting, on the bridge, and several boats in the river, but nothing happened......... We did see a swarm of bats, in the very far distance, for a moment or two,... More 

Thank 2222rose
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great people and bat watching spot on Congress Avenue bridge around sunset.crowded with people 20 minutes before each sunset. Tourist spot on the Congress Ave. Bridge. Give lotsa Uber rides here to see bats year around.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Iowa Falls, Iowa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw the bats by a boat ride with Capital cruises and it was amazing! The boat diver was a local and she was so informative and had a great sense of humor. The cost was $10 and lasted 90 minutes. We boarded and went up river and turned around as the sun was setting on a beautiful Austin night... More 

Thank campbellhome
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Who knew that millions of bats flying out from under a bridge could be such a spectacular sight? Kids enjoy the sight. Lovers hold hands watching the bats' flight. Solo travelers stop to watch the sight. Come early. Parking is always an issue and you want to be there when the first bat takes flight. But if you miss the... More 

1 Thank Susan H
Level Contributor
30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Watching the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge at Sunset is a truly unique experience. Find a parking place and make your way to the southern bank of the river and just wait. Right around sunset it will start. A few at first, a few more, then streams and hundreds and thousands of bats, more than you believe can... More 

Thank Lesliemac_13
Junction, TX
Level Contributor
62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my grandchildren to a grassy area to watched the bats leave the bridge. It was fun meeting others gathered with lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets to visit while awaiting the mass migration. No cost involved other than parking in the parking lot of the old Austin Statesman. Fun, memorable event with little cost.

Thank sherryhubb

Travellers who viewed Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats also viewed


Been to Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question
Houston, Texas
over a year ago
over a year ago
Rochester Hills, Michigan
over a year ago

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?