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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” (36 reviews)
“amazing sight” (65 reviews)
“boat tour” (79 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Downtown
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

The largest colony of bats (I think in the USA) live under the bridge and come out for a nightly fly by at sunset, but not in march -- it's too early. The bats are beloved because they keep the mosquito population under control. City...More

Thank Jody1975
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

the best way to view the bridge and bats are by cruising, it amazing when the bats came out, million of them you can also view for free from the bridge or nearby place

Thank zzvinai
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Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

Up to 2 million bats pouring out from under the bridge at dusk. You need to go when the bats are in their high season. A must do, at least once, when you are in Austin, as you will not see anything like this elsewhere.

Thank HelmutNJ
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Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

Heard about the bats upon checkin at our hotel, the Hyatt Regency. What a fun thing to do. They are small fruit bats, but there are literally hundreds of them. It's free! They fly out at dusk. Best viewing is from the grass next to...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

People line up at sunset to see the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge this was so exciting but if your afraid of the little darlings, this is not where you want to be, there are hundreds of them!

Thank Lorna R
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

The best way to experience this bat colony...by kayak at sunset on the river! Wow! What a crazy thing to see and hear as they wake up and start to fly. Went with a friend and rented kayaks off Barton Creek.

1  Thank Ashley J
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Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

I'm not a bat person, but the kids really wanted to check this out and I'm so glad we did. It was fun and not something you see everyday. If you don't want to stand on the bridge near traffic go sit in the grass...More

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

Austin is a great place to visit...we will be returning! Lots to see and do within the city and beyond

Thank lilboone
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

I love bats so this was a definite must on our list of things to see during a 1 month driving trip. I was not disappointed. You just stand and stare thinking a variety of thoughts... Man those things are fast!... How do that many...More

Thank Bob L
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

For all of you who are squeamish about bats, have no fear. Bats are INCREDIBLE creatures who serve an important purpose in the health and well-being of any ecosystem, consuming large quantities of mosquitoes and other harmful insects each night. Austin has the largest population...More

Thank Timothy J
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CrystalH03
February 14, 2018|
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Response from coagula | Reviewed this property |
I am afraid not. Usually the bats come in spring time, you will be a month or 2 early. There is a website called bats in austin, I would check that out. I tried to post the link but Tripadvisor said no.
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Feistyredhd
October 29, 2017|
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Response from Kyle D | Reviewed this property |
The bats won’t be there in December. They will have already returned to Mexico
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Lisa N
June 11, 2017|
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Response from Dansker58 | Reviewed this property |
We also parked in thelot just south of the bridge. We already had downloaded the app for payment. Very easy.
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