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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

Whether solo or with a group, watching and hearing the bats immerge from under the bridge is an incredible experience! There are plenty of places along the river to view and restaurants in walking distance. Have fun!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 865marnif
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited in February so I didn't get to see the bats come out from the bridge. That's my fault though since I visited too early in the year. Nice parks surround this area and they were enjoyable.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ConfederateMike
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stand on the bridge or walk down and sit on the grass, or take a boat out but no matter how you do it, the bats flying out at dusk are absolutely amazing to see. Usually spring to fall.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank savingforarainyday
Reviewed 1 week ago

We crossed the Congress bridge twice and admired the beautiful city panorama with the Colorado river - truly a great photo op. The second time we calculated to be there at dusk, but we saw no bats. Maybe we missed the time, or they're less...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank B1714D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether your watching the bats fly out from under the Congress Street bridge from the bridge or one of the wonderful hotels nearby, it is a site to behold! It's great for families, friends or anyone you happen to meet on the bridge.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank h0llyca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good place for evening walk. Good for cycling and boating. Excellent view of the Down town from the bridge.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ashokjhaveri
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We parked up the hill to get free parking and watched from the grass verge under the bridge. What a great experience and its free. The bats just keep coming in waves. Kids will love it too.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kevin T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're lucky enough to visit Austin, go see the 1.5 million bats as they spiral out from under the Congress Ave. bridge. They fly out in a brilliant swirling cloud. You can stand on the bridge, sit along the banks or find a good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We paid for parking and situated ourselves on a restaurant with a couple pricey drinks to see the famed bat flight lol and behold- no bats Saw something flying but was probably a bird . As it turns out, the bats are not year round...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In Austin for work and stayed at a nearby hotel. A colleague mentioned the bats and I didn't think much of it. Very cool to see hundreds of thousands of bats flying out at sunset.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Julie H
14 January 2019|
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Response from Albert H | Reviewed this property |
there are several hotels. Four Seasons, Radison, Hilton, etc.
29 July 2018|
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Response from stephen h | Reviewed this property |
I think so. I have observed groups in which there seems to be a guide or something like that.
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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