Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

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Home to the world's largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats 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 / Austin Bats into our Austin trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Austin.
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  • As you may have heard, there are hundreds of thousands, and sometimes perhaps a million or more bats that live under this bridge. Every night at dusk they come out and fly away in a spectacular event ...  more »
  • Yes this was a sunny warm beautiful day November 30th for enjoying the walking trails underneath Congress Avenue Bridge. The bats only come out in the evening, so don’t worry about that when going und...  more »
  • This is one of the bridges we went over b the Hop On Hop Off bus tour. The guide told us that thousands of bats come to the area in April and fly out at night and it was worth seeing. We did this i Ja...  more »

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