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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Phone Number: +1 512-327-9721
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Fun to go during the summer months at sundown to 2atch the bats fly out in "swarms." The kids will love it. Just make sure you go firing the summer months as the bats migrate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun to go during the summer months at sundown to 2atch the bats fly out in "swarms." The kids will love it. Just make sure you go firing the summer months as the bats migrate.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bats do not work to a clock, so you may spend a hot, sticky evening in August waiting in vain for the bats to fly out. Some nights, they fly out in huge clusters, but other nights you just get a thin trail, a few at a time. Be patient. Bring mosquito repellent if you wait near the water.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take one of the boats to really enjoy the evening. Relatively inexpensive boats leave near the hotels on the south shore of the lake. Get your tickets early, then head to a hotel for drink. Great way to see the city skyline (which is really growing up), get a get view of 1 million bats heading out to dinner, and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

to be honest, I was a little bit disappointed with this, it was super crowded from where we were standing so the bats were not very clear. I think it would have been better if we tried to see them from the river on kayaks. Otherwise though, it was a good experience for the kids and they get to at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Taking a teenage through the state capitol, the LBJ Museum and the State History Museum, this was the most enjoyed and most remembered. Sigh. Fine. But having included this, that earned us some goodwill and they also engaged on the more educational and civic things. You may be thinking, what's the big deal about bats. GO there, get there early,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Going to see the Austin Bats is something I would recommend only if you didn't have something better to do. DON'T plan your itinerary around it. We got there early to get a good spot on the bridge and waited quite a while till they actually came out for the night. It was a cool experience, but the bats weren't... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always enjoy walking south congress. You have to go a few blocks after you cross the bridge to get to the shops and restaurants. Worth the walk

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a local and have never been to see the bats so I guess I can't be critical. So msny other things to do in Austin. I hear it can be crowded, no available parking and no guarante of seeing bats so go if you want I'm content with not.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful avenue with the ending view straight til' the Capitol Building. Nice atmosphere! Lots of nice bars, stores, all types of restaurants, famous graffitis, hotel boutiques, food trucks, Music everywhere, a little bit of everything! I love Austin!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the off months when the bats aren't here there really isn't a reason to be out there. The views are pretty but you can see that from many places. I'm sure it's fun in the summer.

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