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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
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Ranked #22 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Type: Bridges, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Orem, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We were south of the River at night and returned to the hotel via the Congress Ave Bridge. It afforded a beautiful view of downtown. Recommend walking to the bridge if you are anywhere in downtown.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I wasn't aware that summer was the best time to see the bats. I was expecting a big spectacle. It will still worth it though, I was actually pretty close to them, and closer to a couple from Greece talking about meatballs. It's fun to be around other people experiencing something natural and interesting.

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San Francisco, Ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I love the natural attraction of this sight. However, it is difficult to see the bats and there were not many there at the end of October. I did go down to the the park by the Statesman building and there is information about the bats and their migration patters. Seems like Summer is the best time to catch them.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

No trip to Austin would be complete without seeing hundreds of bats fly out from under the bridge. Words can't do it justice. Visit this website for more specific detailed and helpful information, including parking info: www.batsinaustin.com

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you're a visitor to Austin, you've probably heard a lot about the bat bridge. I think it is absolutely fascinating. You wouldn't believe how many bats are living under that bridge!! And to see them swarm out into the night is just incredible. The grassy area is a great relaxing spot to watch the bats from a safe distance,... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you're in town, this is a fun evening activity. We like to park in Zilker Park and walk over along the trail but we've also parked in the newspaper parking lot as it's closer. The boat tours seem like a fun option too, thought we've never tried them. Standing on the bridge is a cool vantage point because you... More 

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Austin, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Nice free thing to do when you are in Downtown Austin at the right time. We stationed ourselves on the trail near the Austin American Statesman building and enjoyed the show as dozens upon dozens of bats poured out of the crevices of the bridge. Unique Austin attraction.

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Rockport, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Thousands and thousands of bats stirring the air while going out for their nightly meal is a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Don't stare skyward with your mouth agape is my only real recommendation. Just enjoy the people lining the bridge (you can tell he seasoned viewers, they have umbrellas and there isn't a cloud in the sky!). Then all of a sudden... More 

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Almeria, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Maybe such events exist in other places but I've never heard of them. This is a wonderful event - really laid back bunch of people, all peaceful, quiet and happy, sitting back on the grass waiting for the bats - and there are zillions of them. It's not commercialised, just watching a natural phenomenon. I need a much better camera... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The bats beneath Congress bridge are an awesome spectacle to see. However, if you don't like standing outside for 1-2 hours in the heat, this is not the thing for you.

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