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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

#13 of 325 things to do in Austin Features Animals
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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The Austin bridge is where nearly 1.5 million bats live.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
+1 512-327-9721
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Reviewed yesterday

WE heard so much about the Austin Bats and that the view would be good on a boat on the lake under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Well if the bats are your only concern i think just standing on the Bridge for FREE is a...More

Thank lyna576
Reviewed yesterday

This was my third time visiting Austin and seeing the bats. It seems that it has really become a major tourist attraction with boats under the bridge, paddleboarders in the water, and the bridge full of people. When I went years ago it wasn't like...More

Thank lizardtiff
Reviewed 2 days ago

Congress Ave was not too far from our hotel and Convention Ctr. We walked Sixth Ave through music to Congress, ate delicious Bar BQ, and then drifted down to 2nd St. Enjoyed piped R&B from a bench then joined flow onto bridge. Bats come out...More

Thank MelMel703
Reviewed 2 days ago

Yes, this is the highlight of Austin (UNLESS YOU ARE HEAVY INTO THE BARS) then the bars are here for you...6th street is alike FREEMONT st in Vegas.....run down and street people in the day..... At night it turns into one big mardi gras party.......More

Thank Mainah65
Reviewed 2 days ago

It would be a shame for anyone to miss the bats each evening. There is a new Yeti gift shop next to where the bats fly from so there is a bit of shopping available too.

Thank Angela H
Reviewed 2 days ago

A novel experience, quite an incredible sight! Went on a Saturday evening which may be the busiest time. We arrived well before sunset but the bridge was already very crowded. We waited a while, the crowds soon dissipated & then we could see.

Thank Octarine2013
Reviewed 2 days ago

OK, so several people in my group thought bats were gross and that watching them would be scary and gross. They stayed away while I went to watch. Watching from the bridge deck, no bats ever flew over my head. There is also a little...More

Thank Charlie S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Get there early! We got there about about 8:15 (bats due between 8:30 & 9:00) and the bridge was already packed! Found one space at the front but it's a challenge. Well worth the heat and humidity to see the bats.

Thank VatoOz1970
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great FREE experience watching many, many bats flying over bridge as the sun sets in the Austin area bridge,!

Thank gracie899597
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Around dusk the bridge develops a little bit of a crowd that gathers to watch the bats swarm up. It's cool to check out. If you get there at the right time it takes 5 minutes, and it's free. It's not over ally exciting but...More

Thank Derek S
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Lisa N
11 June 2017|
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Response from Dansker58 | Reviewed this property |
We also parked in thelot just south of the bridge. We already had downloaded the app for payment. Very easy.
Neha P
19 April 2017|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
I would go to the bridge about a 1/2 hour before sunset (March to October, best in July & August), so that you can get a good spot. I was standing on the bridge about 1/3 of the way north of the south end of the bridge... More
Neha P
19 April 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes before sunset. If you want a better viewing position you should get there about 2 hours prior to sunset Many people sit on the grass by the newspaper rather than stand on the bridge