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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“black cloud” (35 reviews)
“bat colony” (75 reviews)
“tour boats” (37 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We congregated on the Congress Bridge and they finally came out after sunset. They were right under us. We thought they would all take off upward in the sky together but that is not what we saw. They were right under the bridge, flying out...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 6 days ago

You can't do Austin in bat season and not see the bats. I think it's actually illegal. Along with loads of other people you must stand on Congress Ave Bridge, preferably the East side, and wait for sunset. Within 5 minutes over a million bats...More

Thank NellyGinbert
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing more amazing than seeing 2 Million Bats fly in unison! At dusk they sweep from under the bridge in a beautiful arch as a large black flowing cloud the Bats pour into the sky then fade away as the dusk gives way to the...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must go see this evening display of bat behavior! This natural phenomenon of bats waking up from under the local Bridge in Austin to fly around the Congress Bridge area in the evening is an awesome experience for young and old alike!

Thank beachliker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nightly bat flight is a neat experience. Loved it. For an even better experience, visit Bracken Cave where millions of bats emerge each night during the summer.

Thank G1861XMandrewf
Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw the whole thing from a party boat under the bridge. The flapping wings were a surprise sound. The smell was very off-putting. After a while my sense of hygiene overcame the visual experience and I retreated inside.

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the bats leaving the bridge on our first night in Austin, and it was spectacular. Really, it is hard to describe how cool it was when the bats started exiting the bridge to go out and hunt for food. We went...More

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great spot for watching the bats fly out for dinner. You can park at the Statesman parking lot (pay to park) and watch huge clouds of Mexican Freetail bats fly out. They fly out for about half an hour at sunset every...More

Thank crapsshooter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best time to see the bat colonies fly out and up is around sunset and during a full moon (or almost full.) They arrive in the Spring and migrate South in the Fall - but check local websites for up to date info. Also the...More

Thank Manarola3
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's really a great experience to see clouds of bats streaming out from under the bridge. All you need to do is find a spot on the congress ave. bridge. But oh the smell if you are standing close enough to the center ;) But...More

Thank liarisnot
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Lisa N
11 June 2017|
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Response from Dansker58 | Reviewed this property |
We also parked in thelot just south of the bridge. We already had downloaded the app for payment. Very easy.
Neha P
20 April 2017|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
I would go to the bridge about a 1/2 hour before sunset (March to October, best in July & August), so that you can get a good spot. I was standing on the bridge about 1/3 of the way north of the south end of the bridge... More
Neha P
20 April 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes before sunset. If you want a better viewing position you should get there about 2 hours prior to sunset Many people sit on the grass by the newspaper rather than stand on the bridge