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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  • This was such a cool experience. It's totally worth dealing with all the people and fighting for a parking spot. It's one of those MUST DO's if you are in Austin.  more »
  • Good half-an-hour before sunset we go. Everywhere the bats start. I had the best view from the beginning of the bridge on the City page.
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  • The bridge looks fantastic above the river and providing ease of access to the city. Enjoyed several walks across the bridge taking in the sights  more »

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