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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Seeing all the bats hanging from the underneath of the Congress bridge is quite a site! Watching them take off from the water, the road or the shore is awesome. Knowing how much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Seeing all the bats hanging from the underneath of the Congress bridge is quite a site! Watching them take off from the water, the road or the shore is awesome. Knowing how much good they do eating insects in our farm areas and in town is a big plus. Since the drought has lifted some they are taking off later... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Fun gathering for so many people. Everyone so excited when the bats start. With downtown Austin as a backdrop at sunset and 78 degrees in April...so nice!!

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Elon College, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Took a nice pontoon boat ride under the bridge for a nice view of the Mexican freetail bats leaving for the nightly feeding. We were told by the boat captain that there were 750,000 pregnant bats that fly every night. The bridge was lined with people but I thing the best view is from a boat. With the boat trip... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately I was not there at a good time to see the bats but the view from the bridge is great. It was evening and there were boats and people everywhere. Just another example of the terrific atmosphere of Austin. Truly a fun city

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is one of the more amazing things that I have experienced in life. Many many people lined the grassy areas around the bridge and on it. I chose to pay $10 and do the boat experience. Very well worth it to see them from below the bridge and fly. Be prepared for the bat pop small though. It is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I couldn't believe how many people were there to see the bats. Arrive at least half an hour before sunset and be prepared to be patient and wait for the bats. We stood on the bridge with many other people and got an ok view. I was expecting the bats to be a lot larger, they are quite tiny and... More 

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Wymore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Visited at dusk and the bats just keep coming out from under the bridge. You can rent boats to sit in the water and watch, or watch from the side of the river. Amazing how many bats live under one bridge. Don't miss it.

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Leander, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Lonestar Riverboat Cruises took us under the Congress Street bridge to see the nightly flight of the mexican freetail bats. Have seen this several times and I never get tired of it. Truly a spectacle. Nice tour of the lake and narative on downtown prior to the bats flying away

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We waited over an hour to get a good position on the bridge one night and in the park the next. Couldn't see very much, but maybe I expected too much. Didn't cost anything anyway. Maybe the view from the boats is better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is obviously a bunch of wild bats, they fly when they want. Do not expect to get their at sundown and see a ton of bats. You might, you might not. Do not go there hungry, needing to go to bathroom, or with anxious kids. The bats will fly when they feel like it. You might have some sun... More 

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