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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“black cloud” (38 reviews)
“amazing sight” (68 reviews)
“tour boats” (46 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Downtown
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+1 512-327-9721
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"black cloud"
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"amazing sight"
in 68 reviews
"tour boats"
in 46 reviews
"bat colony"
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"unique experience"
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"bat cruise"
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"lady bird lake"
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"swarm"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When in Austin you need to visit the bridge and watch all the Bats leave for their evening dinner hunt. It’s pretty remarkable site watching 1000s of bats flying away for the evening. The top of the bridge is the best spot to watch the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

It is quite a sight. And quite an odor. If you’re there, and if this is your type of thing, go for it.

Thank Steven P
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Reviewed yesterday

It's very interesting to read about the bats and walk under the bridge. The bats flying during sunset is seasonal, I believe it was spring, All in all, it's a beautiful part of Austin

Thank SiSand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did not have edge location on the bridge but still had no trouble seeing our fill. They were streaming out for at least 15 minutes. I found the bats in Gainesville Florida even more impressive, but all the same this was quite a sight!...More

Thank Evelyn S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So cool to see the bats swirl under the bridge and stream out over the trees and across the dusky sky at sunset. The black streaks swirl and dance. They look more like a painting of snakes or dragons. The more spectators on the bridge...More

Thank Crystal H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Don’t this miss this amazing (and free!) experience during the summer months in Austin. Upwards of 1.5 million mother bats roost under the Congress Street Bridge, and when they come out just after sundown, they do it all at the same time. From what I...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This attraction goes on nightly as millions of bats come out to free Austin of bugs. You'll need to know the approximate time of dusk, and figure out where you're going to park, and how long it will take you to get to an appropriate...More

Thank Kay2048
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One point five million bats coming out from under the Congress St bridge at dusk is one of the most unique scenes in Austin. This tour included the bat watch as well as interesting history of Lady Bird Lake. These are the Mexican Free-tail bats,...More

Thank Mary P
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Reviewed 3 days ago

hundreds of thousands of bats swarm out from under the bridge and go off towards the Southeast exactly at sunset every evening when the weather is warm or hot. The bats come out from under the bridge and head off to the trees and creeks...More

Thank Katie S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The bats actually come out after sun down when it is almost dark. We thought they would come right after the sun went off the horizon. A very cool sight to see - there are so many that it looks like a swarm of insects!...More

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Jen B
April 4, 2018|
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Response from Piter_Londono | Reviewed this property |
I preferred taking a walk from both sides of the river and the view from the top of the bridge this will give you some nice pictures that will be a lot better than the views from the boat. However the guided boat would give... More
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February 25, 2018|
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Response from Denise R | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can see them in April take the river cruise for the best view
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CrystalH03
February 14, 2018|
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Response from PROPAGANDI | Reviewed this property |
Yup...a little early.
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