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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
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As featured in Daytrips from San Antonio
Ranked #23 of 180 attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a pretty cool experience. I would suggest checking out the bats from the water view. I have to admit, I was expecting something totally different but it was still great.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Been here a few times. It's really cool to see all the bats come flying out of there at night. Been a few years since I've been there. It's definitely worth seeing.

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Roswell, Georgia, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's a nightly party. Bring your on cooler and beverages to wait on dusk for the bats to depart from under the bridge for their nightly food hunt.

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Georgia
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It's a little like watching paint dry, but the bats leave en-mass when they feel the lighting is correct. And seeing ten thousand bats leaving at once is something tourist and Texans alike gather to see.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wasn't spectacular because you could hardly see them in the dark. But it's interesting in the sense that it's different. Would I recommend? Well, there are things more interesting to check out in Austin.

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Frisco, TX
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There are definitely many bats, but they seemed to dribble out by the dozens, not thousands. I recommend staying on the trails on either side of the lake/River so as not to have to smell the very strong bat odor from the bridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Had no idea what to expect from bat watching. Only cost was $5 to park at a close spot and was pretty interesting to see!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip to Austin, my friends suggested we check out the bats at the Congress Ave bridge. When we got there, I was thoroughly amazed at how many people were there. The bridge and the grassy area below were completely packed! They also have "river cruises" that you can pay for and see the action from right under... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Congress Bridge is one of the best places to take photos of the city skyline and the city lake. You can also go down the bridge and wait until dusk to watch how thousands and thousand bats are leaving their burrows nested in the bridge's beams as if giant hoover is blowing them out. Just come an hour before... More

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Austin, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It is a unique experience watching these tiny bats fly out from under the congress street bridge. Groups of people gather nightly during the season to watch the largest bat colony I. The us fly at sunset, this is where the females come to birth and raise their young. Fun social gathering nightly at sunset march through october

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