Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

3.6
#1 of 6 in Wildlife in Austin
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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  • I definitely recommend experiencing this at least once. It's such a cool sight to see in the middle of a city, and the crowd is always fun.  more »
  • I found this batty location on maps while visiting Austin for the first time on a business trip. The area is well kept and, despite of low lighting (better for the bats, I'm sure), the area felt safe....  more »

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