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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 #25 of 182 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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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You can park free in the Austin American Statesman parking lot after 6:00 with immediate access to the Lady Bird Lake Trail. Information about the bats are there. Walk to the bridge and sit on the hill to watch the 1.5 million bats come out at dusk, then have a nice dinner down the trail on the Hyatt Regency's deck.

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Ozone Park, New York
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We found a spot at the rail on the bridge and we waited. Boats gathered on the lake full of people with umbrellas. The sun was going down and we continued to wait. Soon a few bats began to fly out from under the bridge, then a few more! All of a sudden thousands of bats woke up and flew... More

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Probably one of Austin's most famous attractions, so a must see if you are in the city. My husband and I were here for a conference in September 2014. Read about the bats and the history prior to going; it will make it much more enjoyable. You can do this at the exhibit area under the bridge in the park... More

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Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We took one of the boat tours and experienced the bats exiting the Congress Ave bridge. It was wild the amount of bats! I suggest bringing a waterproof (or bat pee proof) jacket to cover under. It was very cool to see the bats leave.

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is definitely a must-see in Austin. You can park and sit on the park and wait for the bats to emerge! It is truly amazing to see them all fly away, and well worth the wait. Would definitely recommend doing this at least once!

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Salem, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had great timing, parked about 7:40, got to the bridge and waited about 10 minutes, then they started. It's crazy! Snap a pic or two, maybe a 20 second video but then just put your phone away and enjoy it.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Kayaking at sunsent was a great opportunity to check the bats. Recommendation: don't park your kayak directly underneath the bridge or bat excrement will fall on you.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Best way to see the bats is to board one of the boats and ride under the bridge and watch from the west side facing east. Double the pleasure because you have the fantastic Austin sunset also.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great experience. I recommend going early to TGI Fridays and getting an nice spot on the patio to view the bats while enjoying a cocktail.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You can take in the bats and a cold drink in AC at Chavez. Good place to take in the bats during the hot summer months

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