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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  • It was a site every visitor should see. There had to be thousands of bats flying out from under the bridge in sinc with each other. We watched from the bottom which allowed us to see them swirl below ...  more »
  • We waited with a lot of other (nice) folks to see the bats. I didn't realize that they come out of the south end of the bridge and, from my viewpoint, it looked like distant flocks of birds. There wer...  more »
  • Coming here to see the bats is pretty fun! I'd recommend arriving at least a half hour before the bats are expected to appear (which can be checked on Austin's website). Taking an Uber or Lyft to the ...  more »

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