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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats

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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

Watching the millions of bats fly out from under the bridge at dusk is very neat (in season, March to October). They do not always come out, but at least they you experience the spectacle and get to sample the guano aromas.

Thank TonyC_Austin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We walked over the Congress Street bridge to see the nice view of downtown from the other side. That was worth the walk. Next to the bridge, the local newspaper The Austin Statesman has provided bat parking and informational signs at the edge of their...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were thousands of people lined up on the bridge, under the bridge and on boats on the water - all to catch the bats when they leave after dark. It was fascinating but because it is almost dark and they are bats, you have...More

Thank Splicebar
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told this was THEE place to experience the flight of the bats at dusk. We were hoping to see the 1.5 million bats take flight but due to the cold spell the week earlier, bats decided to stay home which was disappointing. Nonetheless,...More

Thank Alexander N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unique fun Check the season for bats the view of ladybird lake is amazing. Watchin a million bats fly from under the bridge is an experience you can only have here. Lots of bat vendors with souveniers. You can see the Four seasons property from...More

Thank markcohen2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Architecturally walking the bridge isn’t anything interesting, it’s the evening coming out of the bats that is the attraction. The night we were there at dusk they didn’t come out all at once so it wasn’t as dramatic as were told it can be. Costs...More

Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you can stand the smell of the bat guano, which is not terrible but noticeable, you’ll find this daily ritual of the millions of bats leaving their nesting spots from underneath the Congress Street Bridge a very interesting site to see. The flight happens...More

Thank JRFord
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't give this lower than 3 stars because hey, it's NATURE and that means it is unpredictable! Shame on me for thinking otherwise, right. My guess is, if you hit this right it is a pretty fantastic sight to take in. We really wanted...More

Thank Kris R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Austin for almost 14 years and when I first had gone to see the bats it was a bust...but I kept hearing about how great it was. So several years later when my buddies were in town they said lets go...More

Thank EricJonPal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went in February..not bat season so we didn't expect to catch the bats flying out at dusk. Walked from SoCo to the bridge and got there just in time to see the bats fly out from under the bridge into the horizon! Not as many...More

Thank B'ma S
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29 October 2017|
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Response from Kyle D | Reviewed this property |
The bats won’t be there in December. They will have already returned to Mexico
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