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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
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Haunted Austin and Bat Bridge Segway Tour
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Ranked #31 of 400 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Nature & wildlife areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Type: Bridges, Nature & wildlife areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You really can't imagine what the flying of the bats is like until you actually see it on a beautiful clear night at the peak of Bat season. The very best views are by water -- take a kayak, and hang out just East of the Congress bridge. you'll hear them start squeaking shortly before they begin to come out.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tail bats. I wrote about the Radisson Hotel view at ElitePro-Travel .com Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge at dusk to blanket the sky as they forage for food. Unfortunately they are making their appearance later this year, perhaps they are shy of the growing crowd. The event has... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This trip it was too early in the season but if you are reading this in the summer monthes, take a boat ride or park in the Austin American parking lot to get a great view at dusk of one million bats leaving their nests under the bridge to go in search of bugs. You will not be alone. Hundreds... More 

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Austin , Tx
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Everyone wants to move to Austin and live downtown where the bats are. Seeing lots of bats fly from the bridge might be awe inspiring but beware. I work in a hospital and we have to treat the people who touch and get bitten by the bats. Rabies shots are expensive and in short supply. Cover up and don't touch... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Maybe we went on an off night but I was not really impressed. There were many people around us waiting so I know we were in the right spot but it was not that exciting. I get more excitement watching the bats at the bridge in Round Rock on I35 driving by than this. I would not waste your time,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Me, my wife, and two of the kids went to see what all the fuss was about; finally! I have been around Central Texas most of my life and knew that multiple groups of bats are in the area; but we finally went to see what it was like. It was so amazing, that I wanted to go several mores... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

ou can take a boat tour on Lake Lady Bird to see the giant bat colony that lives under Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. This is the world’s largest urban bat colony, with between 750,000 to 1.5 million bats, and they can be seen nightly as they emerge from beneath the bridge at dusk to go feeding. When ther... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is said that 1.5 million bats exit their lodging under the Congress Avenue Bridge. You can do an internet search to find where and when and other things you need to know to be able to watch them. I believe the main thing to know is that the bats don't exit until it's fairly dark, so almost as soon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A must do at least once. If you can try and be on the water in a kayak or on a SUP for the best view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have lived in Austin all my life and it may seem strange to recommend viewing a bat colony, but it really is a lot of fun. It is located under the Congress Avenue bridge, towards the south end of the bridge. You would have to park elsewhere and walk to the bridge. The best time is in mid to... More 

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