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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” (35 reviews)
“amazing sight” (64 reviews)
“boat tour” (77 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

First night we went and the crowds were huge on the bridge and we couldn't get the stupid online parking app to work so we were late and it sucked. Second night we knew what not to do and got there well before sunset and...More

Thank 649nhh
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went over this bridge, under this bridge back again at night time to see the bats. Waited 1 half hour only saw about 3 bats. Guess it’s not as usual for them to come out as we where told. Nice spot to walk around.

Thank Liverpool1963
Reviewed yesterday

Spent an hour or two on the bridge and no bats. I would choose to do something else. I guess the bats are a bit more variable than I thought.

Thank Jason380
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Tons of bats. Lots of different people from all over. Austin is cool for random crap to do on a random night

Thank Mitchie D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I watched from the bridge for almost two hours. The bats just aren’t very visible from above. We did see them just not as well as from a boat a few days later.

Thank Edward W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

How cool to be with a crowd of people watching bats emerge from a bridge! We almost didn't go, but my friends and I were happy we did! Make sure to sit down beneath the bridge, don't stand on top of the bridge, for the...More

Thank travelcloak
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The crowd gets big so might want to show up at least 20 min before sunset. From the ground you are looking up into the street lamps on the bridge so the bridge perspective might be better. Very cool once the bats started coming and...More

Thank Daniel I
Reviewed 3 days ago

I heard about the bats researching our trip to Austin. When we were there we went every night and figured out the best place to view them leaving. The park on the West side of the bridge, next to a newspaper's building, is the best...More

1  Thank Cruise_it_up
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It took me awhile to see the bats. My daughter saw them and I couldn't until I went to a better lit area on the bridge and there they were! Thousands upon thousands - amazing.

Thank HeidiErika
Reviewed 3 days ago

Under the Congress Ave Bridge is the home for thousands of bats. The bats come out after dark and fly over the bridge by thousands. This sight of the bats flying in sync is an attraction. People line the bridge daily to experience this.

Thank yasminr73
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Lisa N
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
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
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