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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Since we were in Austin we figured we would take the kids and watch the bats fly from under the bridge. Our vantage point from the far end of the east side of the bridge probably was the reason we didn't think it was all that. We waited till the sun went down and then the bats started coming out.... More

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Miller Place, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

What a force of nature. For over one half hour straight, one and a half million bats took off at dusk at around 7:45 pm under the Congress Avenue bridge. We stood under the bridge, but you can also stand on the bridge. This display of nature takes place every evening as the bats forage for food for their young.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I don't know the bat season, but you have to go, it is amazing the amount of bats flying at sunset, it looks like a big cloud, if you have the opportunity, watch them at the top of the bridge or down at the river, you may rent a kayak.

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Montreal, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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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

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 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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