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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 #27 of 183 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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Montreal, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

People told me about this attraction but I had no idea what I was in for. Wow what an experience. Make it over and catch this spectacular sighting that occurs every night.

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dallas,tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It is well worth the time. It is incredibly hard to get a good photo of the bats coming out from beneath the bridge, so there really is only one way to see this fun event and that's to head down there some night. August seems to be about the best time as the bats tend to be more hungry... More

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A friend brought me to see the bats while I was staying in Austin as she knew how much I absolutely love bats. What an experience to see the largest bat colony in the entire world flying out from under the bridge right after the sun started to set! We had to leave before they were even done flying out,... More

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Bryan, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The congress bridge bats are a sight to see. Parked in the newspaper lot and walked down to the bridge. Bats wait until dusk to fly. The don't swarm out in a cloud but stream out like a river at the closest point to the tree line. The best view from the ground is by the river. The bats stay... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I've done this before on the town lake cruise, but watching from the bridge itself was outstanding! Such a different experience, they were just feet away. August is supposed to be one of the best times to watch, the numbers peak during this month. My two teenagers were struck speechless and amazed! We stood and watched as hundreds of thousands... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I thought this was a really exciting event to see (my husband was less overwhelmed...!). Right at dusk, I walked along the bridge and found a spot near the middle to watch thousands and thousands of bats come out to feed. It was pretty amazing to see them flying out and in the distance it looked like moving 'dirt' in... More

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Oxford England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Austin may be weird but there isn't much to be said for the City promoting this pretty underwhelming crepescular event. It's getting out of hand. And it isn't worth the wait.

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Jasper, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We parked and sat at the bottom of the south side of the bridge. $5 parking. We had a great view but kinda wish we would have stood right in the middle of bridge so we could watch the flight path. It really was spectacular!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect when I took my family downtown to wait for the bats to emerge from underneath the South Congress St. bridge. We played in the grass along the Colorado River banks on the north side, eventually making our way to the public docks and dangling out feet in the river itself. At about 8:00 pm... More

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Nothing here except the bats flying out from under the bridge at dusk...still, a neat thing to watch. It draws crowds along the bridge and there are also seberal boat tours available.

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