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“Amazing sight”

Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats
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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Ranked #40 of 337 things to do in Austin
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is an amazing experience to see the thousands of bats all flowing out from under the bradge at the same time. Since it is a popular event be sure to get there early to find parking.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We were in Austin over Thanksgiving and thought we were too late for this experience - so happy we were wrong!
We could smell the bats during our hike around the lake when near Congress Bridge. We went onto the bridge around 5:15 and only had to wait a few minutes for the bats. There was a seemingly never ending string of bats flying out from under the brdige and sweeping across the dusky sky. We were looking at a ribbon of these incredible creatures. Truly a remarkable experience.

Thank JackieBG7
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

One of the fun things about Austin is the fact that several major attractions have multiple names. One of the best examples is the body of water that the Congress Avenue Bridge spans. It's Town Lake. It's also the Colorado River (The Texas one, not the Grand Canyon one). It's also Lady Bird Lake. Another example of this is the Congress Avenue Bridge itself. In order to honor former Democratic Governor Ann Richards the folks in charge renamed it the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Ann was famous for her humor. It was at the 1988 Democratic National convention as Keynote speaker that she said, "Poor George, he can't help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

When one considers that Texas is now pretty solidly under Republican control, you have to wonder if the "good old boys" didn't get a huge chuckle when renaming the Bat Bridge for Ann.

1  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had seen some info. about the bats that live in the bridge stucture grooves and wanted to see if there really was a lot of bats. You can't see the bats when you look under the bridge. The migration of many thousands of bats from the bridge had already happened but some stay year round, We got there about 5:30, about an hour before sunset. It had been a very warm day for November so I hoped there would be some coming out to feed. At about 5:45 the bats started to come out. Lots and Lots (we were told not nearly as many as in August) came out in a ribbon and all went south down the river? I am not sure why they only went in one direction and all exited in a long stream. The bats came out steadily for about 15-20 minutes. Not a clue as to how many there were but it was a lot. If I were to go again I would like to see them in the summer when their numbers double after the babies have been born.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

It was crazy to see (and smell) the amount of bats that live under the Congress Bridge. We took a cheap boat tour down the river, which was really nice and then watched the bats as they headed out for the night. There are so many bats that it just looks like a big cloud and the wave doesnt stop for almost 2 hours. They get harder to see as the sun goes down, but you do get the feeling of just how many of the creatures call Austin home.

1  Thank BaronessEast
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