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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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An Austin "must do" event

Lived in Austin for 30+ years. I've gone to see the bats at least 100 times. If we have guests visit, we have to show them the bats. They are maternal bats, meaning the arrive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went twice (with hundreds of other bat seekers) and saw a few bats but not anything like advertised. Guess they need to be in the mood.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

absolutely the coolest thing ever! i thought I'd be grossed out, but instead, it is a spectacular thing to see-millions of them taking flight from under the bridge as well as to the right of the bridge. Don't miss it if you're in Austin

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Pictures DO NOT DO THIS JUSTICE!!! It was such an amazing experience, so worth it if you are in Austin. My husband (who is not a bat lover) did not want to go with at first, made this comment "it was the most disgusting, yet thrilling experience!" I think you can get better pictures if you are on the grassy... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I thought this was great! The bats came out about 5-10 minutes after sundown. People definitely get there early but I don't think it is necessary. It is a wide sidewalk and you could just walk down if you don't want to be right on the railing. The Bat Man was there (deaf man who gives out buttons for a... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

No visit to Austin is complete without this experience. At sunset thousands of bats migrate from under this bridge flying out in a veritable cloud over the city. It is a fair like atmosphere on the bridge with vendors and such. Definitely look for the deaf and speechless bat man for directions for viewing (you can't miss him) and buy... More 

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Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lived in Austin for 30+ years. I've gone to see the bats at least 100 times. If we have guests visit, we have to show them the bats. They are maternal bats, meaning the arrive ~ April to next under the bridge and have their babies. By the time they leave ~mid-October, they have doubled or tripled in size. I... More 

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Columbia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Watching the bats from the bridge was an incredible experience. Unlike anything I've ever seen before. The bridge wasn't too crowded the night we went and the weather was pleasant. Next time I go back I want to see them from the water instead of the bridge. Very cool and highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Where else but in Austin does a large crowd gather to watch a HUGE colony of bats in an exodus from under a bridge? It is a very cool experience, bring a blanket to sit on the south side of the river and watch the torrent of bats at dusk as they leave to hunt buggies! Double-check that they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Everyone should experience this at least once. Goes by pretty quickly. Get there early enough before sundown to get a good spot on the bridge

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I've lived around here for years and never gone to see the bats at dusk and finally decided to come see it for our anniversary using one of the bat watching boat tours available. It was fantastic to see! Even so early in the season, there was a tornado of bats flying out from underneath the bridge. I highly recommend... More 

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