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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
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Ranked #19 of 162 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

At sundown a trillion bats come out for their evening feast over Austin . It is just that and all that .

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A great experience that should be on your list if you visit (or live in) Austin. It's a little sad that there seem to be more vendors each time we go, but I guess everyone has to make a buck, and I can't say that I can complain too much about being able to purchase a soda, or can of... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

When in Austin a must see...all the locals gather on the bank near the bridge at twilight to see this almost spiritual experience of millions of bats swooping out from under the bridge into the sky for their evening flight. And they keep coming in waves, able to see them as they fly higher and higher into the evening sky.... More 

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Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was able to observe the bats flying out from under the Congress Ave. bridge in August. We found a grassy area and sat on blankets as we waited for the "show" to begin. There were a lot of people and you need to go early and just relax as you wait for dusk. It was exciting as the first... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had booked a kayak bat trip on Live Love Paddle before we left home but happen to finish dinner downtown the prior night just at the right time so we walked over to the bridge. The problem with the bridge is that the bats are coming out from under the bridge so you have to hang over to see... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The bats flee Austin in the winter unlike the tourists. Interesting looking bridge with a nice view of Lady BIrd Lake. If staying in downtown Austin you can cross this bridge to visit the South Congress entertainment district.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were in Austin for a long weekend the first weekend in October. As we were eating outside at this wonderful cafe, the waiter asked if we were going to the bat bridge. Hadn't heard of it but it was about 6:15 and we were close...so yes! We'll go. We walked up to the bridge and then down some steps.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is worth the wait as there are not so many places that you will get to experience this. If you go bring towel to sit on. You need not go too early as you can see the bats from many places.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Some of the bridge builders here in Metro Austin were smart and designed them so they would house millions of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. That many bats naturally require tremendous amounts of food and they eat massive amounts of our insect population. The vast majority of Austin residents like me are so thankful for them. From March - November watching the... More 

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

No idea that there was one of the largest colonies of bats in the Congress Ave Bridge....fly out at dusk to feed on bugs.

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