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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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Stayed at a hotel in downtown Austin and walked to the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats fly at sundown...so cool. Okay so we walked to the Congress Avenue Bridge not really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The construction of the Congress Street bridge lends it's self to be a huge bat hotel. Under side having many concrete squares for a comfy bat refuge. There is a hotel patio where you can have a snack and drink of your choice that gives an excellent view of the bridge, river and bats. Just at dusk the show begins.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Seeing that many bats come out from under the bridge was something to see. If you watch from the south end of the bridge, you'll get a good whiff of the bats as well. :-)

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Stayed at a hotel in downtown Austin and walked to the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats fly at sundown...so cool. Okay so we walked to the Congress Avenue Bridge not really knowing what to expect but had read that at times the bats do not fly so we were prepared to just stand and see nothing. Had a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you come in the spring, and watch at dusk, you will see not a few bats, but MILLIONS of bats. it's so awesome, but do check the website for conditions before you come to set expectations right. Best viewing is from the SouthEast corner under the bridge (a grassy knoll)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Was in Austin for just a few days and definitely something worth you're while! Went with friends, saw the sunset and the bats flew out right over us. Cool experience for anyone. good activity for a group, date or family!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We went down and waited to see the bats for a good hr. They did come out after 9 but too dark to really see anything. We went on Saturday night. Tons of people. If you are in a boat they shine a red light so we could see them - sort of. We waited down in the grassy area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Every visitor I speak with asks about the bats! Every night there are hundreds of people on the bridge,in the grass, on boats waiting and watching for the bats. Ok folks, spoiler alert!!! There are millions of teeny tiny lil bats that all fly out and fly away. I think it wouldn't be such a big deal if it weren't... More 

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We stood for an hour at dusk waiting for the bats to come out but they were having an extra snooze. By the time that started to fly off it was to dark to see them. I'm just glad I didn't pay to go on one of the many boats offering a Bat Cruise as it would have been a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very cool, fun evening, the bats are quite interesting and they do eat mosquitoes! It was a festive atmosphere with people bringing picnics, food/drinks awaiting the exodus of bats.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Well it's been on TV so it must be true right? Bats swarming in a thick stream just after dark...well not so much on the day we were there. Had we not been under the bridge in the lake tour we wouldn't have seen them either. It was well worth the $ to sit in the boat, get a tour... More 

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Address: Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 4
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown

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