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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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Address: 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 5123279721
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.

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In the off months when the bats aren't here there really isn't a reason to be out there. The views are pretty but you can see that from many places. I'm sure it's fun in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Taking a teenage through the state capitol, the LBJ Museum and the State History Museum, this was the most enjoyed and most remembered. Sigh. Fine. But having included this, that earned us some goodwill and they also engaged on the more educational and civic things. You may be thinking, what's the big deal about bats. GO there, get there early,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Going to see the Austin Bats is something I would recommend only if you didn't have something better to do. DON'T plan your itinerary around it. We got there early to get a good spot on the bridge and waited quite a while till they actually came out for the night. It was a cool experience, but the bats weren't... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always enjoy walking south congress. You have to go a few blocks after you cross the bridge to get to the shops and restaurants. Worth the walk

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a local and have never been to see the bats so I guess I can't be critical. So msny other things to do in Austin. I hear it can be crowded, no available parking and no guarante of seeing bats so go if you want I'm content with not.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful avenue with the ending view straight til' the Capitol Building. Nice atmosphere! Lots of nice bars, stores, all types of restaurants, famous graffitis, hotel boutiques, food trucks, Music everywhere, a little bit of everything! I love Austin!

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Dalton, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the off months when the bats aren't here there really isn't a reason to be out there. The views are pretty but you can see that from many places. I'm sure it's fun in the summer.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I loved the scenery from the bridge at sunset. We really hoped to see the bats swarm out by the millions but unfortunately we only got to see a couple hundred come out sparingly. It could have been the chilly weather though...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't see much as the bats usually leave this time of year. We could hear them and tell they were under there but they weren't flying. Would recommend going between spring and September

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't get here until late, well past dark but we could still see quite a few bats. They don't smell very good. Still alot of bats for being mid November.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice natural event, not far from the 6th Street area. Definitely worth the time at sunset to go see it!

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