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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 #15 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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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We just happened to pass by and saw all these people hovered over the bridge. Then we saw all the bats, millions of them. So fascinating to see. A must to watch when in downtown Austin

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It was a cold and windy (but not cloudy) evening and we didn't see the flight of the bats. I think this is an activity better left for the warmer months.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Spend a few extra dollars and take the entire family on one of the sight seeing boats that goes UNDER the bridge you will not be disappointed. Looking up toward the sky you see EVERYTHING. Looking down from the bridge into the water which becomes as dark as the bats at sunset you see virtually nothing. If you are on... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Watching the thousands and thousands of bats is a strange, unusual and spectacular sight! The bats emerge right after sunset when it gets dark. We got a good view of the bats flying away by standing on top of the congress avenue bridge. A number of people parked at the newspaper facility even though they had signs saying they will... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must when visiting Austin durning the summer. The bats swarm out of the bridge as sunset approaches and it is an amazing sight of nature that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the US. I live in Austin and we always take visitors to the see the bats. There is another location in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Watching the bats emerge from their home underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge can be truly spectacular. But as some reviewers have written, it can also be a little underwhelming. There are a few things to factor into the show you will witness. First of all, the bats that migrate to Austin are mostly pregnant females. The babies they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a rather unusual kind of natural attraction and keeps one in awe with what nature has to offer to us and other lives that share the earth with us - those bats on they way out for their regular night hunt for food have made home a man-made structure in this city and remind us of the need... More

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Austin and whenever I out-of-towners visit "in season", the bat-bridge is near or at the top of the list. Trouble is....bats don't always cooperate. Sometimes, they don't seem to come out at all, or its so dark, it doesn't matter. If you're standing on Congress Avenue bridge, there's not much else to do. Try dining at a... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great fun seing the bats takeoff at night to feed. Just be sure to be on top of the bridge and not under it. Bats tend to. " lighten up a bit " before taking off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Get there early so you don't miss them and there are always friendly people from all over to visit with.

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