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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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Reviewed yesterday

We took the grandkids to see the BATS come out of the bridge at sunset! We found out too late that there is a boat cruise opportunity to see the bats from the river... they were already booked up. So we watched the from the...More

Thank Dee5555565
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Reviewed yesterday

See the world's largest bat colony that is 1.5 million under the south congress bridge in Austin Texas. The Austin bats are among the top things to do well as well as attractions to do in Austin and all of Texas. But you have to...More

Thank cmassie22
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not the best bay flight I’ve ever seen but pretty cool. Make sure to get there early because people tend to crowd the bridge and you are standing next to a busy street. Better to view via the park north of the bridge or from...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great bats. No, the best bats. They fly well, unlike bats I've seen before that don't fly well. These are really good bats.

2  Thank abigailf214
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So cool to see the 1.5 million bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk. I recommend standing under the bridge rather than on it. Then you are looking up at the still-light sky for contrast, rather than looking against the dark river. They come...More

Thank Becky8910
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Curious and interesting moment we spent on that bridge waiting for the bats to show up! almost 90 min for less than 10 min of "glory"... i recommend, not everyday you can see thousands of those animals flying around you

Thank mayrajohan
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Get here an hour before sunset and be on the east side of the bridge. There is a walkway under the bridge toward the east. A bit over rated....

Thank Gini433
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago 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

1  Thank Heather K
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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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