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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
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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A must see!!! It gave me Goosebumps the first time and every time after! It is a total must in town!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A must see!!! It gave me Goosebumps the first time and every time after! It is a total must in town!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Streams of bats billowing out from beneath the bridge was the coolest sight to see! Wow! A must see. Make sure to time your visit right though - they come out in early evening, around sunset.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Nice views from the bridge and it has an easy pedestrian walkway but go at night to see the bats. Also do not forget to walk along the lake front

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Millions of bats pour out from under this bridge...it is like something out of a movie happening right before your eyes. VERY cool! And it goes on and on and on... it seems to be never ending stream of bats! Watching from the Austin Statesman parking lot is especially awesome because of the beautiful Austin city backdrop. This is art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Austin is well-known for the SEASONAL bat flights at sunset from about March through November. It was interesting to see the large numbers of bats emerge from under the bridge in search of food. It was also intersting to see a couple of local raptor birds (hawks??) capture a couple of bats. This bird sighting is a random event and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We arrived at 7:15pm and the bats had already started to emerge. It was still very light out, and the bats were very active. It's was very cool to be able to see them in the light, and take pictures! They continued in waves until after 8pm. I recommend watching some of it from ON the bridge, and some from... More 

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North Liberty, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My husband went a few years ago and got an awesome peak at the bats! We went in July and didn't get such a great view! One night, we sat on the far end and we could not even see a big swarm come out. Matter of fact, we couldn't tell if they even came out. Then the second time... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I wouldn't plan my trip around this, but it is pretty cool if you are in the area at the time. It is just as you see in pictures or videos. The bats are actually cute- tiny little things.

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Camden, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The bats are just migrating back but there are still a lot to see. We watched from below the bridge. If you walk up South Congress St. towards downtown, stay to right and go under bridge. You want to stay close to water as they seem to come out from middle of bridge. We used internet to find out about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We had a girls weekend in Austin, and waited on the bats on a chilly weekend on the bridge. Needless to say, all of us were disappointed! No bats for us. I'm not too sure if the weather was too cold or what, but would have been cool to see. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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