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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Jero52691 wrote a review 14 Apr
Thibodaux, Louisiana66 contributions15 helpful votes
This is amazing to see. The number of bats that shoot out of the bridge at nightfall is amazing. Definitely recommend seeing this. There is nowhere to park in Austin so good luck finding a parking spot
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Date of experience: April 2021
Jedda1 wrote a review 10 Apr
Plano, Texas464 contributions116 helpful votes
Bats don't work on a schedule, so it's 'dusk-ish" They finally came out about 8:25 when sun down was around 7:50. Hard to see when dark, but they're impressive when they leave, looks like swim of bugs, they're only about an inch big so you have to get on a rail over the bridge to see them. Still fun to see them.
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Date of experience: April 2021
elizarenn wrote a review 7 Apr
Chattanooga, Tennessee342 contributions170 helpful votes
We happened to get lucky and be at bridge right when the bats left for the evening, and there were THOUSANDS of them. Words cannot describe the sight. It was worth enduring a bit of odor and more people than I was comfort with to see this amazing exodus. You can actually hear them during the day, but the exodus (at least during early April) happens a little more 8:00pm.
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Date of experience: April 2021
JNYCwriter wrote a review Mar 2021
New York City, New York6,711 contributions354 helpful votes
The Congress Avenue bridge is better known for what is under the bridge than on top. From the surface it just seems like another bridge. You need to follow the pathways under the bridge to appreciate the landmark. You will also find a good jogging trail. For those who like bats the side of the bridge near the Hyatt is where you will find the bats at the right time. It is peaceful with the Colorado River passing through.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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QusieSusie wrote a review Mar 2021
Italy, Texas87 contributions19 helpful votes
Enjoy with your family. Boats and kayaks wait on the water. The bridge is lined with people. You can take a blanket and sit in the grass on the shore. Just before sunset they come out in bursts. Very cool!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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