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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Seeing the bats is quite a tradition in Austin, and draws some large crowds. There are sometimes vendors there you can buy things from, others BYOB or whatever you want to drink, while some simply wait just visiting and watching. Every night is different, and...More

1  Thank Oogiecatt
Reviewed 6 days ago

the consensus from everyone I spoke to on the bridge was that the experience of watching the bats was a let down considering how long people waited for the spectacle. There wasn't much to see.

Thank kevinlT4136EC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to have a STROLL & WATCH SUNSET & those 100s of 1000s bats flying out of their nests for their food/night feast on those mosquitos .. they travel 180 mile Distance from Austin to houston & Return to their nests before sunrise....More

1  Thank justtravel23
Reviewed 1 week ago

The "Congress Bridge Bat Phenomenon" is a sight to behold. Every evening at dusk, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats take flight from under the bridge. It is the largest urban colony in North America, with an estimated 1,500,000 bats. Each night they eat 10,000 to...More

Thank jrcruisexp
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure about doing this, worrying about bats in our hair etc. But the bats fly straight out from under the bridge. It is amazing how many keep flying out! I thought it might be over in a minute or two but I think...More

Thank AMGerczak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

November is a little late check out the bats but it is a nice area along the river with lighted trails.

Thank Cujoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was staying just sough of here, and figured I would take a walk, well, I had forgotten about the bats at the time and was pleasantly surprised. There was a large swarm of bats, and I mean large. I have never seen so many bats...More

Thank coagula
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I booked a river bat trip ... fantastic sunset, city view and so many bats... very much worth a trip.. so interesting.. Austin is Awesome!

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 5 p.m. every afternoon (in the summer), the Congress Avenue Bridge EXPLODES with about 1-2 million bats. I think they hibernate in the cold weather. In any case, it makes me worship our glorious Lord Jesus for His incredible creation. You will NOT be...More

Thank Carole L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every year nearly 1 Million Mexican free-tailed bats call Austin home, typically arriving as the warm weather sets back in the Spring. They stay in Austin until early fall, and are the largest urban bat colony in North America. When in Austin, they camp out...More

Thank Nicholas G
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30 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