Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, Austin

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Home to the world's largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching attracts visitors to the bats' haunt. During the daylight hours, you can see bats hanging under the arches of the bridge that spans the Colorado River. Find a spot along the viewing decks on either side of the river or on top of the bridge. The Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every night at dusk in a swarm that moves across Lady Bird Lake. Because the bats have attracted millions of tourists, some local businesses are using the bat as a symbol of the city. For example, the Austin Ice Bats, a minor league hockey team, was named for these flying residents. Put Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching into our Austin trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Austin.
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  • Really nice walkway along the river, very safe. Beautiful view of Austin skyline at night. But just a couple of bats (they don’t come out in huge numbers every night!) 
    Really nice walkway along the river, very safe. Beautiful view of Austin skyline at night. But just a couple of bats (they don’t come out in huge numbers every night!)  more »
  • During the summer months the bat watching occurs on English Time around 8:00PM, so pick your spot over the bridge or in the fields underneath it and rejoice in tons of bat sht and weird creatures... 
    During the summer months the bat watching occurs on English Time around 8:00PM, so pick your spot over the bridge or in the fields underneath it and rejoice in tons of bat sht and weird creatures...  more »
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  • Eh, not what people made it out to be. And like hundreds of people, we voluntarily, patiently, waited for 1 hour. When they came out it was mostly on the south east side of the bridge, and they fly more out than up. So kinda hard to see them against the dark water back drop looking down on them. But it's free to see them, just takes time to wait. If your truly interested, then I recommend getting on some boat of choice that way you can look up at them with the sky as a back drop.
  • I always wanted to see the bats in Austin but was never there at the right time of the year. We had an event in town and decided to walk to a restaurant to enjoy the city and suddenly realized that when we approached the congress bridge people were gathering and the bats were starting to fly out from under the bridge. Such a great surprise and experience. I think I still want to check it out how it looks from a boat next time, but very cool!

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