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“What a large colony!”

Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Living in Austin I have taken countless visitors to see the bats come out. I prefer watching from the bridge rather than the lawn down by the hike & bike trail. The bat colony is so large and i'm always impressed by how long it takes for them all to come out - I can't imagine how they fit under there! I think this worth checking out, and it is free!

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Visited at the end of September and only went on the advice of a bartender who suggested I go and take a look at a 'very impressive sight'. Arrived about 30 minutes before dusk and went on top of the bridge (again on the advice of locals). Once the bats started to leave it continued for at least 20 minutes and although difficult to take a good photo in the fading light I am glad I made the effort to go and watch the bats.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

You have to view this to believe it and be prepared because there will be a crowd. Gather at sundown and be ready for the millions of bats that come flying out from under the bridge. Children LOVE the action. It is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Get there early

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

There is a feeling of community as you gather for the launch. It is almost like the sunset party in Key West each day. People from all over the world show up to see the bats darken the sky as they leave to gobbel up insects. I think The Four Seasons has the best vantage point. It is fun even if the bats change their mind.

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

It is so fun to see the bats come out in the evening! Do stay up on the bridge. I went down close to the river by the Austin American Statesman office and the bats come out very very close to you and seem to be touching the top of your head! I definitely won't be standing under the bridge again!

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