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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 via mobile

Didn't expect this to be as big as it was. Watched from the bridge and the sight was amazing; esp watching the swarms long after they left us off in the Austin sky.

Thank jtf512
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived about 8 pm and found free parking in a lot by the bridge. There was plenty of room to stand by the rail on the bridge and observe the bats coming out for the night. It's worth the time and effort to view...More

Thank shnpan
Reviewed yesterday

One of my favorite things we did on our trip to Austin was watching the bats depart for the night while on the Congress Ave Bridge. At about 8:20 hundreds of people line the bridge to watch the bats. The view is amazing! Lots of...More

Thank Anthromom439
Reviewed yesterday

we went to see this bridge when we were over in that area of town. It is a beautiful bridge and the bats all love it

Thank Sheila S
Reviewed yesterday

The bats migrate here in the Summer and fly out just before sunset. People line the bridge and an observing area or take a tour boat to watch the masses of bats sworm out from under the bridge. it was spectacular.

Thank yardranger
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see!! Free and conveniently on the main bridge entering Austin. Just finding a parking spot is the hardest thing to do. At around 8:20-8:30 I would arrive the bats begin randomly at sunset. I would stand at the end of the...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were there at a good time to see hundreds of thousands of bats! Finding parking was a bit tricky, but once parked, we went to the grassy area beneath the bridge. As a result, we could see under the bridge... so I tried to...More

Thank Jim A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not exactly super exciting but really cool to experience and hey it's free too! Very neat to see the sheer number.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We've been to see the Austin Bats several times. July is the perfect time to go! We've been and haven't seen a single bat before. But when we went in July we saw millions. It's truly an amazing experience and one you can only experience...More

Thank BaileyLeclerc
Reviewed 3 days ago

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
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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
20 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
20 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