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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” (35 reviews)
“bat colony” (75 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

Cool to see the famous Austin bats. Our time of year may not have been the best as it seemed to get dark before the bats were really streaming out from under the bridge (people we stood next to said at times the bats could...More

Thank EffinIllini
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best views are from the east side of the Congress street bridge, but the approach to the walking trail on the south side of the river (next to the newspaper building) provides a close up view of the bats exiting that side of the bridge....More

Thank tabatc
Reviewed 2 days ago

It wasn't that impressive, but we met some nice people and it was fun seeing all the people who paid to be on a boat beneath the bridge who draped a towel over themselves to defend against the bat urine.

Thank NHDad
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are looking to see and do something unique then head to the Congress Avenue Bridge about and hour before sunset. Before sunset the bats will start to stir from under the bridge deck. At first as you look down towards the water you...More

Thank wstl01mailboxreg2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

The bats are awesome. I have always been a fan. Just be sure to take mosquito repellent. I wore long jeans socks shoes and somehow my legs were eaten up

Thank bright321
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a fun activity to do with family or friends. Bats are best seen from the park below street level at Statesman Park. Parking is at a premium but worth the effort. Go a bit early and relax on the lawn. Nice evening activity...More

Thank Alena W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We congregated on the Congress Bridge and they finally came out after sunset. They were right under us. We thought they would all take off upward in the sky together but that is not what we saw. They were right under the bridge, flying out...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can't do Austin in bat season and not see the bats. I think it's actually illegal. Along with loads of other people you must stand on Congress Ave Bridge, preferably the East side, and wait for sunset. Within 5 minutes over a million bats...More

Thank NellyGinbert
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nothing more amazing than seeing 2 Million Bats fly in unison! At dusk they sweep from under the bridge in a beautiful arch as a large black flowing cloud the Bats pour into the sky then fade away as the dusk gives way to the...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You must go see this evening display of bat behavior! This natural phenomenon of bats waking up from under the local Bridge in Austin to fly around the Congress Bridge area in the evening is an awesome experience for young and old alike!

Thank beachliker
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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
Neha P
20 April 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes before sunset. If you want a better viewing position you should get there about 2 hours prior to sunset Many people sit on the grass by the newspaper rather than stand on the bridge