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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

#13 of 321 things to do in Austin Features Animals
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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

Quite a spectacle if you are there at the right time of the year. Check to find out the best time of the year to be there otherwise don't bother.

Thank stepehnf
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a little warm in June but we'll worth it very amazing to see. You can try to come early to sit on the grassor some people stand on bridge. Recommend can see great under the bridge

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So do the hike along Ladybird Lake during the day. Go back to your hotel and freshen up. Head to the S Congress bridge and wait with everyone else for this incredible experience. After words head into downtown for a great evening. Truly a wonderful...More

Thank _sliderockstudios
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beneath the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge lives the largest urban colony of Mexican Free-tailed Bats in the US. From March through October, with peak viewing in summer, dusk brings a visual adventure as the bats leave their nests under the bridge and head...More

Thank austintomtraveler
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a jaw dropping experience and a must see! There are so many bats to marvel at as they leave each evening for feeding.

Thank April G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Access is on top of bridge or below. Get there early to nab the best spots - like right under the bridge. Access to view can be done from various boats for a fee that may include extras.

Thank Jay1946
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Heard about the Bat Bridge earlier in the day and decided I needed to go. Tons of people lined the bridge to watch the swarms of 1.5 million bats take off from beneath the bridge. Quite a site to see. Need to be there just...More

Thank R0BS411
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was amazing to watch thousands of bats fly out from under the bridge for over 30 minutes at dusk!

Thank SPodder2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

One million (and a half). That's the amount we were told make the Congress Avenue Bridge their home. Really??? YES!!! The bridge tends to get packed with spectators so it's best to get there 45minutes prior to sundown in order to get a railing spot....More

1  Thank ReadyFreddy1983
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well, you likely won't catch Batman here but watching the bats at sunset is an amazing experience that you shouldn't miss while you visit Austin. This is free and something unique that you won't find in many other places. It gets crowded so arrive a...More

Thank Sally M
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Lisa N
Hi if you don't mind provide me exactly where to park I heard is a hassle thanks
11 June 2017|
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Response from Dansker58 | Reviewed this property |
We also parked in thelot just south of the bridge. We already had downloaded the app for payment. Very easy.
Neha P
Hey guys I want to visit this bay bridge what time do you think for today is good to go there and see the bats flying
20 April 2017|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
I would go to the bridge about a 1/2 hour before sunset (March to October, best in July & August), so that you can get a good spot. I was standing on the bridge about 1/3 of the way north of the south end of the bridge... More
Neha P
Hey guys I want to visit this bay bridge what time do you think for today is good to go there and see the bats flying
20 April 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes before sunset. If you want a better viewing position you should get there about 2 hours prior to sunset Many people sit on the grass by the newspaper rather than stand on the bridge