Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, Austin

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Home to the world's largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching 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 Bat Watching into our Austin trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Austin.
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  • Fun but short. Take a guided boat tour for most enjoyment. Combine that experience with walking along the bike path or eating at a local spot. 
    Fun but short. Take a guided boat tour for most enjoyment. Combine that experience with walking along the bike path or eating at a local spot.  more »
  • It is really amazing to watch all the bats come out- just at sunset, so be sure you watch the time. It takes about 5-10 minutes for them to come out and they are synchronized, so it is so fun. They... 
    It is really amazing to watch all the bats come out- just at sunset, so be sure you watch the time. It takes about 5-10 minutes for them to come out and they are synchronized, so it is so fun. They...  more »
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  • What an absolute blast! I did not read Google reviews prior to coming, so I was not sure what to expect. I certainly did not expect thousands of people to be sitting in the grass/standing on the bridge to get a show of the bats. We waited a little over 30 minutes for the bats to come out. We stayed another 30 minutes as the bats filed out from under the bridge. We did pay to park, but getting out of the parking lot wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. Overall, a very cool experience I’m glad we didn’t miss!
  • Eh, not what people made it out to be. And like hundreds of people, we voluntarily, patiently, waited for 1 hour. When they came out it was mostly on the south east side of the bridge, and they fly more out than up. So kinda hard to see them against the dark water back drop looking down on them. But it's free to see them, just takes time to wait. If your truly interested, then I recommend getting on some boat of choice that way you can look up at them with the sky as a back drop.

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