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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

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 Flyer1956
Reviewed yesterday 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
Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 2 days 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 days 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
Thank jeremyl714
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, the price is right! Zero!! Everyone has heard about it, but once you actually see those bats streaming out of five or six portals under the bridge, its amazing. An estimaed 1.5 million bats flying every night. They eat an estimated 20,000...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank drsxr1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come in the summer, about 20 mins before sunset. We didn't see anything in January (even though it was a warmer day in the 70s). But the walk under the bridge to the bike/jogging path is beautiful. Take a scooter here if you want to...More

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

Didn’t see any bat as it was raining and cloudy so not sure how great sight it will be with bats all around

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank akhi86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the sunset from the bridge! Didn’t get to see any bat because we are out of season but loved it anyway! Loved the views from there!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank evaaO3339FC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited earlier today, December 29th and didn’t see even a single bat. Perhaps they migrate by this time of the year. Also it was a cold day with temperatures in mostly 40s (F) and could be another reason for no sighting.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank justKanishk
Reviewed 17 December 2018

Congregate on the east parapet/walkway of the Ann Richards bridge on Congress Avenue. The bats emerge from slits beneath the bridge and always fly to the east. It is much easier to see them if you go down to the grassy slopes along Lady Bird...More

Date of experience: October 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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