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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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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“black cloud” (36 reviews)
“amazing sight” (67 reviews)
“tour boats” (45 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome viewing area for bats. It's free. Don't leave to early, wait until the crowd walks away, bats will continue to fly out. Be Aware, there are locals that will try to get you to pay for things. Deaf guy selling buttons for $5.

Thank Lisa D
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Reviewed yesterday

So cool to see. You will never see this many bats in one place. It is so cool how they just start to come out in droves once the sun goes down. Awesome spectacle!! We watched from our balcony at the Four Seasons Hotel and...More

Thank Gretchen M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were late pulling into the parking lot, but we didn’t miss anything! We watched the bats emerge for about a half-hour from below the bridge. It was beautiful at dusk. People cheered as the bats came out. The bats were completely silent from below,...More

Thank ToriEmma
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If only we could begin to design more of our buildings and roads to create environments that are healthy and sustainable for all. Although this architecture was by accident it has led to the largest urban bat colony. These bats have helped the environment in...More

Thank Allisonspring
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was even better than we thought it would be. Would definitely go again. Get there early though, they're celebrities after all.

Thank Samshippiechick
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We braved a chilly spring evening to watch the bats. It is spectacular from the perspective that you won’t easily see this somewhere else, but in essence it is just thousands of bats flying from underneath the bridge into the evening sky. Rather stand on...More

Thank Joeboy69
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The entire bridge was covered with people elbow to elbow, waiting on the bats. Pretty dang cool when they all come flying out!

Thank Ltsteve35210
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes, you should see the bats. They are pretty cool. Important tips, stand on the East side of the bridge. You will see nothing on the west side. Also, the bats don't come out every day. If it's too cold, they stay in. They will...More

Thank riceburnergrace
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Get there early to get a good spot for viewing. With your back to the capital building the far lefthand side of the bridge seems to be the best vantage point. This on our visit we found to be ideal for photography. With thousands of...More

1  Thank John R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The title of my review summarizes viewing the bats; you must stand on the East side of the bridge to see the bats, but they come out at dusk when it is dark. I am not sure what I really expected to see, but I...More

Thank Kevin S
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Jen B
5 April 2018|
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Response from Geutz Z | Reviewed this property |
We just watched from the park below the bridge. Next time I would watch from the bridge above the bats. I didn’t see any reason to pay for a boat tour.
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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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