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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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  • This spectacle various depending on the time of year. It's my understanding that during the summer months the bat popular is larger and more active so the nighttime event is more spectacular. What I f...  more »
  • We got to see this on a trip to Austin. Holy Cow. This is the most amazing thing. It's just something you have to see to understand. Don't miss this. 
  • Congress Bridge has a HUGE bat colony that lives underneath and it is a breathtaking sight to see them fly off at dusk. The best time to see them is in October!