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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 #24 of 182 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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Jasper, Tx
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We parked and sat at the bottom of the south side of the bridge. $5 parking. We had a great view but kinda wish we would have stood right in the middle of bridge so we could watch the flight path. It really was spectacular!

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect when I took my family downtown to wait for the bats to emerge from underneath the South Congress St. bridge. We played in the grass along the Colorado River banks on the north side, eventually making our way to the public docks and dangling out feet in the river itself. At about 8:00 pm... More

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North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Nothing here except the bats flying out from under the bridge at dusk...still, a neat thing to watch. It draws crowds along the bridge and there are also seberal boat tours available.

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San Antonio, Texas
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22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Austin American Statesman charges 5.00 for parking but it is very close to where you want to be and when we arrived the person in parking lot was very informative as to where best place was to see bats so it seemed well worth the five dollars. You can bring a blanket and sit on the hill or stand and... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Seeing the bats is a cool experience, but People usually miss the amazing sunsets that you can see from the same bridge. You can get the whole side of the bridge to yourself since everyone else is busy looking at the bats and you can snap some great pictures. Apparently there are close to 1.5 million bats that live under... More

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Spring, TX
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went out to Austin on vacation recently and decided to check out the bats. We got to the bridge around 6:00 pm and waited until it got dark around 9:00 pm and the bats decided to start coming out 1 by 1, not in a group like the photos I've seen show, and I think I was there at... More

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

If visiting Austin during bat season then you have to check out the bats leaving and dusk. The bats leave from the east side of the bridge and fly off to the east. The best viewing if from the bridge, on a boat, or along the north side of the river. The Raddison has a restaurant with outdoor seating or... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There is nothing to dislike. The bats were amazing and the crowds weren't bad for a Saturday night. Next time, we would probably rent kayaks as I'm sure the view from underneath is superior seeing the bats with the sky as a backdrop. Looking down from the bridge, it's tough to differentiate the bats from the water. We arrived at... More

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Humble, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was my fourth time visiting Austin and I always plan to go to the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge to see the bats come out at sunset. There are a number of options for locations to see the bats emerge from their nesting spots under the bridge but I like the viewing area at the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. You... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Popping out of my hotel around 8pm, I saw a beautiful pink sunset forming and decided to walk two blocks to see the Congress Ave Bat Bridge. The concierge told me that the best views would be from center to the south-end of the bridge - or to go to the south end of the bridge and walk down to... More

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