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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 4
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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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The bats came out a little late the night we were there, so it was hard to see them. It was really fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who visits Austin. Read about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Estero, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We waited well past the predicted time of the bats flight .... No luck. Perhaps it was the high water. Lots if folks doing the same thing. We parked at the Hyatt garage for $6.00 only to find out later that the newspaper in town lets people park for free. Hope you had better luck than we did.

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It took a little while for the bats to come out but it was worth the wait. It was amazing to see thousands and thousands if bats flying out in in long stream. We sat on a dock in the river where it wasn't to crowded. Most people are one the bridge not down by the water so if you... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were staying very near the Congress avenue bridge and happened upon people waiting while heading out for dinner one evening. Right around the time when the sun is going down, a stream of bats take flight to consume an evening of insects. Very cool experience. We viewed this from the bridge but it appeared that you could also view... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Certainly something Austin is known for so a must do. Bats don't come out until dusk, around 830 pm. Difficult to see them but it is unique.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The bats came out a little late the night we were there, so it was hard to see them. It was really fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who visits Austin. Read about it...over 1,000,000 bats live under this bridge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Hundreds of tourists stand on the bridge and wait for the sun to go down so the bats can make an appearance. We waited about an hour and though the bats came out, they were quite far so we were only able to see this big cloud from a distance. I would come back and try to see them again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the bat bridge in late summer, and the sight was one of the coolest things I've seen in ages. There is quite a carnival / festival atmosphere as the time approaches for the bats to emerge. Some people come early and bring folding chairs, blankets, and food. The bats take a while to fly out and it is... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Was very disappointed. We got there around 7:30 and the bats did not come out till after 9. We were on the bridge and was hard to see the bats come out. Best place was on the grass section.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had to give just one star because all the reviews I've read made it seem like the cute bats swarmed out in droves at dusk every night. We waited and waited till about 10:30 and only saw a few stragglers fly out, but nothing like the cool tornado swirl we read about. It was raining and I've read others... More 

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Roeland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A group of us walked from the convention center to the bridge and waited for 2 hours. Weather was rainy and windy, and the bats never appeared to our disappointment. Nevertheless, we saw Venus and Neptune in the night sky, got some good exercise, and had fun taking part in the expectation of seeing them.

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