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“That's a lot of bats!!”

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.
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“That's a lot of bats!!”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Very impressive. For those who have not seen it (and everyone on line has so far been non-specific), at least on the day I saw them, the bats emerged primarily from the southern end of the bridge and flew along the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake in a southeasterly direction. The main part of the departure took approximately 8 minutes, and began for us about 6 minutes before official sunset. That should help you position yourself if it is consistent (which I do not know, but since they likely roost in same places, is likely so), and get the timing right. The park lands along the north side of Lady Bird Lake have some good viewing spots.

Visited August 2013
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Carbondale, Illinois, United States
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“Gotta see them from the water”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We have seen the bats at least three visits, but the best way is to book a spot on the river boat "bat tour". Sunset cruise up Lady Bird Lake above the bridge and a slow drift through the city center back to the bat bridge. Incredible sights and a really fun way to spend some time in Austin.

Visited June 2013
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Cypress, Texas
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“Nature at its best”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Watching the bats leave from the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset is highly recommended. It is amazing to watch them leave each evening.

Visited August 2013
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“Bats, bats and more bats!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

A must see if you have some waiting time before dinner. I went and saw the bats during the summer and there are a few spots to see them, be sure to get there early as it gets packed, but so worth it. Austin has one of the largest bat colonies!

Visited July 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Lots and Lots of BATS!!”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

A group of 6 of us were in Austin, TX in October 2013 for a mini vacation. We had heard about the bridge and the bats that live underneath the bridge that fly out every night at dusk. Dusk was about 7:15 that time of year so we drove down and parked close by and we were on the bridge by 6:45. There were probably 75-100 people there. Most were tourists like us and knew about the bats but not a lot about the bats. 7:10 pm, the bats started to fly out. Thousands of bats, hundreds of thousands of bats! Huge flocks of bats. Looked like a dark cloud in the sky. They flew pretty close to the bridge and we could actually smell them. Not a good smell. This is really something to see. After the bats, you head downtown to 6th Street for some drinks and live music. Fun night all in all.

Visited October 2013
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