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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats: Tours & Tickets

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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-364-0759
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Reviewed yesterday

The view from this bridge is really nice. Definitely either walk across or take a scooter. In warm weather, you can see the paddle boarders and kayaks on the water.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful views, hundreds of thousands of bats clearly visible, and friendly people - a great experience.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 973katryns
Reviewed 2 days ago

There lives a considerable amount of bats (and apparently baby bats, too) under the Congress Bridge and when sun sets, they leave the bridge to hunt food. Arriving before sunset is recommended as finding a parking spot may take a while and you may have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jussi_Lahti
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful mid-October evening....waited an hour under Congress bridge with hundred of other people all around. Anticipation flowing all around. I've seen bats in caves before. And was curious as to this unique endeavor. We even thought about going on a kayak tour to see bats...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TravelBugged33
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was in town a few days and had to check the bats off the list,so I did. Just before dark here they came they say 1.5 million bats,I believe it.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank G748OAmichaell
Reviewed 4 days ago

This huge bat colony really is pretty cool, but the evening we went to go see them they apparently had decided to sleep in. It was nearly pitch dark by the time they finally emerged and while you could see some movement, you really couldn’t...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kydiana
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Come at sundown. I recommend to stand at the observation area on the south side under the bridge. The bats come out all together and fly in waves for about 45 min. We also saw it from the bridge but it was better from under...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Eli282
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were wandering on a beautiful afternoon and settled by the Congress Ave Bat bridge around 5pm and chilled on the hike and bike path choosing a good seat. Sunset was listed as 7. We could hear the chittering of bats, it's been warm so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Saw the bats a little after sunset. Really amazing experience! Went to the park at the bottom of the bridge. The stench is strong from the urine and feces.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marlo26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bats decided not to come out after sunset tonight but it was still a nice experience for several hundred people that waited together. The sunset was beautiful and the vibe was friendly and chill.

Date of experience: October 2019
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October 2, 2019|
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Response from Rob M | Reviewed this property |
Be on the bridge by dusk. For an even better experience, get on the paddle wheel boat!
August 10, 2019|
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Response from Z214PGdonna | Reviewed this property |
We rode our Segways over but I do believe this is parking within a reasonable distance
July 29, 2019|
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Response from Chelsea G | Reviewed this property |
The bats fly eastward over lady bird lake.