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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

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Home to the world's largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats attracts visitors to the bats' haunt. During the daylight hours, you can see bats hanging under the arches of the bridge that spans the Colorado River. Find a spot along the viewing decks on either side of the river or on top of the bridge. The Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every night at dusk in a swarm that moves across Lady Bird Lake. Because the bats have attracted millions of tourists, some local businesses are using the bat as a symbol of the city. For example, the Austin Ice Bats, a minor league hockey team, was named for these flying residents. Using our custom trip planner, Austin attractions like Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I suppose if you were high or with people who really get off on bats, this would be cool. For us, the hype was bigger than reality,  more »
  • Several of us in our group took the Lone Star Sunset Bat Cruise. It was a nice tour of Lady Bird Lake, finishing up with seeing the bats take flight. Just amazing!  more »
  • Not something you can see just anywhere. Gets very crowded but worth the wait until they come out. Came out around 8:05pm on the 9th of April. Bring a chair.  more »