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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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Enjoyed the unique bat experience but it might not be for everyone

It was a great experience hanging out under the bridge waiting for the bats to wake for their feeding. We found a good spot under the bridge and it made for a nice - strangely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Canton, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We parked and found a great spot close to the bridge and we didn't get there until around 8:45. We only saw a few banks come out and fly around the bridge. My youngest, 5, thought it was really cool.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It was a great experience hanging out under the bridge waiting for the bats to wake for their feeding. We found a good spot under the bridge and it made for a nice - strangely romantic - setting. There are hundreds of people, though, out at a time so it can be a nuisance if you're next to anyone obnoxious.... More 

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Springville, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Well, we fought the crowds on the bridge in extreme heat for an hour. Packed along the bridge like sardines. Sunset, nothing. When it was finally almost too dark to see a few bats started stirring under the bridge but not big swarms. When it was too dark to see we left.

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Arlington TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable! We used Live Love Paddle. Our put in was 1 mile downstream. We kayaked slowly and waited with bated breath as the bats streamed out from above our heads. Amazing! Using red lamps so as to not interfere with bats circadian rhythms, our guide illuminated the swarming so we could see them better. No, we didnt get pooped on.... More 

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Shreveport
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I was expecting to see bats by the millions in a giant swarm flying out from under the bridge but apparently that doesn't happen in mid July. The bats were there. If you stood on the bridge near a street light you could see them flying around. There were A LOT of of them. One baby even landed by my... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I heard about this place at the hostel I was staying in and didn't think much about it. After a few days I decided to go and visit this place since some of the guys where going there. We sat down in the grass by the bridge and waited for the sun to go down. A few minutes after it... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Oh my! This bridge is so cool at twilight when the bats come out. Because it's on the river, the bats leave at night and chow on the mosquitos so it's a great place to be - bite free. The trail of bats that leave the bridge is so impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. Between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-Oct.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Stake out a place and wait and you wait and you wait, and you wait...might be two hours until the bats come out. Most of the crowd had left by then, but maybe it was a night when they wanted to sleep later. Probably not for the kids, because the wait might seem a bit interminable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is my only trip to Austin, but heard very little prior to arriving about this experience. Needed to get to a spot on the bridge right around dusk last October so that once the crowds increased at dark you would be along the rail to view such a rare phenomenon. All I can say is that this is one... More 

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

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