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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
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Bat City Bridge Segway Tour in Austin
Ranked #20 of 142 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Went end of October. Was interesting to see the bats though this time of year probably not optimal time to see them. It was quite dark before the bats came out. They fly very quickly and its nearly impossible to take a picture of them. Bats first emerge from the South East end of the bridge.

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Los Angeles, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We had heard and read a lot about these bats. A local recommended parking on the south-west side of the bridge in the parking lot for the newspaper which we did, along with about 400 other people. Sunset approached and it was only after sunset by about 15 minutes did we start to see activity. The problem was, there was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We were expecting a massive black streak of bats at sunset, not the case. We visited in July it was very hard to see them, however, the Austin Gerbils under the bridge are HUGE. Quite possibly the Gerbils when the park for them has been finished may serve for and additional attraction.

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

There is no need to be a bat lover to enjoy the mass of Mexican free-tailed bats that fly out from under the Congress Street Bridge after dusk. In point of fact, unless you have an incredibly powerful camera with lights you are unlikely to be able to discern much of what you see as thousands of females and young... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Mid-October is past prime viewing season. However, that is when we were there so there you have it. At dusk, nothing happens. You have to keep waiting. Once it gets super dark, about an hour after dusk, a few start flying out in arcs. After about an hour, tons are flying in arcs out from under the bridge and flying... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Outstanding event! Everyone should see this. Take the boat tour it is amazing. So much fun to see these bats and here the story.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Kind of cool and there a lot of these critters, but they're kind of hard to see. If you're under the bridge, you need to get really close and be there when they're shining lights up there. You can also look down from the bridge and see them flying out in droves, but without a spot or something, they're hard... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Watching bats fly out is one of the Austin hot spot. Some people like to stand on this bridge to see the bats fly out at sunset. Millions of bats fly out is really great. But my secret place to see this special view is sit on the shore line restaurants' porch to see this view.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you've ever been to Austin you know how cool it is to see the millions of Mexican Bats exiting the Congress Ave bridge at dusk. If you've not seen this, next time you're in Austin, during the summer months, head down to Congress Ave and be in awe of nature's beauty.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We'd heard of the great bat exodus from the bridge and changed our dinner reservation to witness it. Unfortunately, only a few bats showed -- probably too late in the season. But the experience was still excellent -- the atmosphere around us as we waited with and talked to many other bat devotees was really fun! The weather was lovely,... More

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