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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 #23 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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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I LOVE watching the bats, but this time the bats were coming out close to nine at night, which made it hard to see when the bats emerge en masse from the bridge. Still cool to watch, thought

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St. Louis
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went on a July evening right before sunset. The best view is closer to the middle of the bridge. I saw 20 or 30 come out and fly around for 10 minutes and I was ready to go. We were on the far side and it didn't seem that interesting. My Austin friend told me to walk to the... More

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Aubrey, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Always wanted to see the bats. We did. It was pretty fantastic. I would recommend grabbing a picnic dinner and a blanket to wait for them. It was a bit like labor in that you just were not sure when it was going to happen, but it would eventually! I think if I lived in Austin I would take visiting... More

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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We took our grandkids (11-12) to see the bats while overnighting in Austin. All the boat tours were booked so we paid $5 to park in the American Statesman parking lot and threw a beach towel down on a grassy hillside, beside the Congress St. bridge and along the river. There was a large crowd there that only grew larger... More

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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

This was a pretty cool experience. I would suggest checking out the bats from the water view. I have to admit, I was expecting something totally different but it was still great.

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Columbia, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Been here a few times. It's really cool to see all the bats come flying out of there at night. Been a few years since I've been there. It's definitely worth seeing.

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Roswell, Georgia, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's a nightly party. Bring your on cooler and beverages to wait on dusk for the bats to depart from under the bridge for their nightly food hunt.

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It's a little like watching paint dry, but the bats leave en-mass when they feel the lighting is correct. And seeing ten thousand bats leaving at once is something tourist and Texans alike gather to see.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Wasn't spectacular because you could hardly see them in the dark. But it's interesting in the sense that it's different. Would I recommend? Well, there are things more interesting to check out in Austin.

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Frisco, TX
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There are definitely many bats, but they seemed to dribble out by the dozens, not thousands. I recommend staying on the trails on either side of the lake/River so as not to have to smell the very strong bat odor from the bridge.

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