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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.
  • 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
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
Downtown
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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 yesterday 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 3 days 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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Reviewed 3 days ago

People lined the bridge. People crowded into the park. People on boats. People in kayaks. All to watch bats fly. We arrived early to the grassy area on the southeast corner of the bridge. There is a pay to park lot there. We went down...More

Thank Don C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Watching the Austin Bats is a must see! It’s hard to imagine that many bats are under the bridge waiting for the sun to go down before they come out! We got there about forty minutes before the bats came out and there were already...More

Thank LL752827
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hop on a boat or simply find a spot on the lawn in then’bat park’, watching these amazing creatures will delight most and certain,y all bat fans..hear about their migrating adventures, reproduction and their amazing ability to consume million and millions mosquitoes and other small...More

Thank Peg I
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went two different times to watch the bats come out- the first time it was so cold (48°) that by the time they came out, it was virtually dark. The second time we sat along the south side of the bank; my recommendation. The...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

When in Austin, a river cruise in the evening to observe the bat flight from the Congress Avenue bridge is a must. A leisurely boat ride before dusk to see the Austin skyline, the dog park, and other sights provides a "from the river view"....More

Thank 610travelgal
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It's one of those things you just have to do! It's like visiting San Francisco and NOT going to the Golden Gate. It was surprising to see so many people on the S Congress bridge waiting for these bats... we didn't get the best show...More

Thank MarjouriM
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm not sure what I expected to see- but I've never seen this many birds in my life! I don't really care for birds too much, but this was very interesting. Definitely something to check out once!

Thank Kristen W
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Jen B
April 5, 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
February 26, 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
February 15, 2018|
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Response from PROPAGANDI | Reviewed this property |
Yup...a little early.
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