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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
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.

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very cool for the whole family

what a neat thing to see if you never have. I took my family here for the first time in August 2015 and our kids were amazed at how long the trail of bats were. They just kept... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ron S
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Austin, Texas

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in the Northwest Austin and have been to see the bats multiple times. It is simply amazing to see them come out from under the bridge. Just remember they don't come out year round so plan your visit when they are present. I have taken quests to see this sight in the summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

what a neat thing to see if you never have. I took my family here for the first time in August 2015 and our kids were amazed at how long the trail of bats were. They just kept coming out of the bridge like a fire hose.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Well, the bats are the obvious attraction which if you've never seen, are strangely interesting. The bridge itself is nice and a wonderful part of the cityscape but, at dusk really comes alive. If this is something you wouldn't normally consider, I would suggest that you definitely go. Such a quirky and paradoxically great little city.

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Thank BadBlake
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had fun watching the bats though the wait to see them was a little crazy with a little one. If you have kids maybe find a more relaxed spot instead of on the actual bridge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best view of the bats is probably from the boats that take people out to the river and use spotlights to highlight the bats, but I've never done that. They're pretty impressive from the bridge, but less visible from the hill next to the bridge (at the Statesman). It's something I'm glad I did, but wouldn't go out of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I were in town visiting family & they took us to the bridge at sunset to see the bats fly. I remembered seeing the phenomenon covered on TV somewhere but had no idea it was in Austin that it took place. It was fun to stand on the bridge with everyone, waiting & watching.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here in mid-late September, I say this because maybe the experience is different at different times of year. I'm reluctant to review this as it is not really a intended tourist attraction, just nature, however, due to fantastic Trip Advisor reviews we left somewhat disappointed. We came at 6pm as advised to get the best view from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Late summer is the best time to view the bats. There were a few in November, but nothing compared to the numbers in August. It is a must-do every time I visit Austin. We prefer to see the bats closer to the water's edge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This area is pretty pet friendly and there are great shops around here. I recommend going M-F , a lot of shops are closed on Sunday's but other than that they're are plenty of places to shop and eat to keep you busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, if you are going to this attraction, go to the far side of the bridge... farther side from from Chavez Blvd. What an experience. Get there before dusk for a good spot and be nice to the local peddlers.

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