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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Phone Number: 5123279721
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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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For whatever reason, ask the bats, they were not coming until after dark both nights we were there. But, because we were directly under the bridge/street lamps we could see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had to wait quite a while for the bats to show up but was pretty cool when they did. It was really popular and had crowds of people waiting for the bats, including kayakers and boat trips under the bridge. The only downside was the guy trying to flog ice-cream and water with a speaker phone hassling people to donate... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For whatever reason, ask the bats, they were not coming until after dark both nights we were there. But, because we were directly under the bridge/street lamps we could see thousands of bats flying below us and the bridge. Not as impressive as seeing them in the sky but still cool.

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to the Congress Bridge on September 24, 2016. The bats never came out. I was at the bridge from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. About 30-40 bats came out, but the large group never emerged. The bridge gets very, very packed during peak viewing times, so get there early. Also, please note that the bats emerge from the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're lucky enough to be in Austin during the bat season, and if you happen to be on the Congress bridge around sunset, then you are in for a treat! Thousands of bats fly from underneath the bridge, down the lake to catch their dinner. It's a really cool site to see!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Way too hard to tell if this was good or bad. We did see many bats but not enough to make it something you need to go and do. They came out little by little not all attention he same time. I don't know-nothing amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to find information on what to expect, so my colleagues and I turned up at 6:30 as we'd been instructed by some people we'd asked. We waited almost 2 hours for the bays to emerge and then when they did it's super hard to see them. This might be a fun activity for children, we watched for 5... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not sure if I went at the wrong time and missed something or what, but we didn't see many bats at all. We just stood on the Congress Avenue bridge, looked down, and the bats were just flying around below us. If anything, go to say you went and experienced it, but you're not missing anything if you don't go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty cool to watch a million bats flying around. Was kinda hard to see as late in the year it's darker earlier and they leave just as darkness hit, but nonetheless very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Expected the tour to just motor out under the bridge and see the bats but it was much more. The tour included a nice trip up river and back with an informative tour guide. It was a great lead in to seeing thousands of bats take flight just after sunset. The guide was full of interesting information about the bats,... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we visited we followed the usual advice about being there before dusk to get the best views. Waste of time - there were few bats in evidence until it was pretty dark, 50 minutes after sunset, and by then it was too dark to see much!

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