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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 #17 of 178 attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Moscow, Russia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Be sure to check out the sunset time for the day of the visit and come at least 30min before that to secure a good spot. Massive amounts of bats, unforgettable experience. The bats continiue to emerge for at least half an hour after the first wave, so it is worth staying for a bit more. Also while you wait... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

check out the bats from the water, the bridge and under the bridge ... all worthwhile places to see and you have to do them all!! super super cool, its really amazing

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SHERMAN
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Now those were alot of bats. It was quite a wait, and get there early because there are big crouds. I did see poison ivy on the banks of the river, so be careful.

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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

When coming to see the 'bats' on the Congress Ave. bridge you may or possibly not see them at night fall. I have been 4 times to see the bats and only saw them come out once. Believe me, it was worth the wait when they came out. Amazing. However get to the bridge at least 20 minutes early to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Every evening in the summer you can get up close and personal with one of the largest colonies of free tailed bats in the US. You can literally stand beneath the Congress Street bridge (you might get sprayed though) as the bats take off for their nightly feast on insects. Plan on arriving an hour or so before dusk to... More

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Morden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I don't like anything flying around me, wasn't going to go with my partner but did at the end, couldn't believe how many bats came flying out from under the bridge (nowhere near us!!) it was a spectacular sight.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

More than a million bats is a one of a kind event. Thousands of people gathered to watch is a show in its own right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is something that everyone should experience at least once. It is free, which is always a plus, and it is fun. Get there about an hour before sunset, parking can be a bear so prepare for a walk, and then set up underneath the bridge in the Austin American Statesmen grassy knoll. There is usually enough space for everyone.... More

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Cypress, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

As a biologist , I love nature so this was a must - we lucked out and it was a warmer day in April - we opted to stand at the statesman park below and arrived an hour and half early - if you can bring a blanket to stake you spot do it and go for a walk along... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I live in Austin I have taken visitors on the Live-Love Paddle kayak bat tour twice now, and it has been excellent both times. This is by far the best way to see the bats, and it is a nice kayak trip as well.

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