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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” (39 reviews)
“amazing sight” (69 reviews)
“tour boats” (48 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
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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Reviewed yesterday

It was an interesting experience being on the bridge with 1.5 million tiny bats flying below me. The bats themselves are very small. I was expecting these giant bats with 4 ft wingspans, but these bats had a wingspan of maybe 6 inches. On the...More

Thank Desco_Fresh
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Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately the bats decided to stay home the night we went. We waited and waited but it never happened. There were a few bats flying around but not the mass exodus we've heard about. That was a bit disappointing but they are wild creatures though...More

Thank MATTHIAS K
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I were visiting Austin for the first time. We kept hearing about the bats at this bridge and decided to see this anomaly. We stayed there for an hour or two at sunset and well after waiting for these bata to emerge....More

Thank Heather K
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Reviewed yesterday

Definitely the best views are from below the bridge and on the lake. If you have the opportunity to take a boat tour or rent a kayak/stand up paddle board be prepared to see the awesome contrast of the river of bats flying against the...More

Thank Ashley A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect when I was told that if you are in Austin you have to go see the Bats at the Bridge. Well, all I can say is: It’s a must see!!! It’s remarkable how timely these Bats begin to fly...More

Thank jvarela17
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a high expectation of millions of bats to come out. The bridge was packed with people, but there were just a few bats to see. It was nice for sure, but not as excited as I expected

Thank Peter D
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went here with my 70yr old father as we were touring around the area. We arrived early (which was probably good if you plan on parking on-site). This is a paind parking area and I think it was like $6 for 4 hours. Seeing we...More

Thank benducklow
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really crowded bridge and tracks around. Interesting to know about the bats but really quite difficult to see them properly.

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Couple of friends and I took a boat tour of the bridge and Austin's skyline. It was very informative. I learned alot about bats.

Thank katinarabb
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Don't expect them to all come swarming out. They do circles under the bridge, then slowly funnel out. It was neat, but I wouldn't call it must see. Not sure if it's different night-to-night, but it was something different and free to do.

Thank jbagwell_2000
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Jen B
5 April 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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Spartylover
26 February 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
15 February 2018|
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Response from PROPAGANDI | Reviewed this property |
Yup...a little early.
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