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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 1 week 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

1  Thank Badluck711
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seemed a little late in the season for us to see the bats since it was pretty dark when they started coming out from under the bridge. We parked near the Hyatt Regency hotel and took the walking path to walk under the bridge. Very...More

Thank Libby F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This will be short......they never came out. My brother was bragging about how cool this was and they never came out of the cave. It was only one of a very few times this happens Sorry,

Thank babs7262
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NEVER have I ever heard "Hey, while in Austin you have to see the bats!" Its one of those happy, amazing treats about a city you never really heard of or understood before you plan a trip to a city. For Austin, after the music...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here in November and did not see much activity. Probably this activity is for summer when you can actually see the bats.

Thank WishtoTraveltheWorld
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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