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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing site and you should read a little about this phenomenon before you see it. The bats come back to Austin in March and each of the 175,000 female bats are pregnant. In August there will be 350,000 bats leaving the bridge....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitely a nice piece of architecture. Wide sidewalks and make it very easy to go across the bridge no matter what part of the day.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dowm103
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were here a little early in the season, but still saw several hundred bats coming from underneath the Congress Bridge. Come at sunset and stand in the park area on the east side of the bridge for best viewing

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank orclimber
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were staying at the Four Seasons so this was really easy to get to. What sets of an already beautiful sunset? Ah yes, watching the flight of bats setting out for their evening of feasting. Don't miss, great for kids too.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TruEvaluation
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Maybe it was the time of year but we saw only about 3/4 bevy of bats leaving the bridge. And you had to look closely to see them. We waited 15-20 mins after the first group left. I was really looking forward to this but...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Iehokie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lot of people stand along Congress Avenue to see the bats come out at night. As a local, I can tell you the best place to see them is on a boat in the water. Make sure to bring a flash light to shine...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Janna P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great experience! You will be amazed at this silent wonder. We went in July when the population of brown bats is at it's highest. The second the sun went down below the horizon- out came the bats. Not just for 1 or 2...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Quest801605
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don’t believe it till you see it ... experience it first hand. Hundreds upon thousands of bats ... nature at its best. Can’t wait to go back and see again

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rodh533
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The way Austin advertised this street raised high expectations which were not met. We might have to come back in 5-10 years...

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JohnWayneJr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Join me on the Congress Ave/Ann Richards bridge to watch this amazing release daily at sunset. Millions of bats shoot out on their nightly task of ridding Austin of mosquitos. The bridge has long slats underneath that are perfect for the bats, so they’ve made...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Julie H
13 January 2019|
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Response from Caresa W | Reviewed this property |
The Marriott is a reasonable distance from this site, off Congress & 4th St.,
29 July 2018|
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Response from stephen h | Reviewed this property |
I think so. I have observed groups in which there seems to be a guide or something like that.
Jen B
5 April 2018|
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Response from Piter_Londono | Reviewed this property |
I preferred taking a walk from both sides of the river and the view from the top of the bridge this will give you some nice pictures that will be a lot better than the views from the boat. However the guided boat would give... More
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