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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

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Bridge Wildlife Area
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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  • View from April through summer before bats migrate to Mexico for winter. Best viewing is when it has been hot and dry at sunset. After heavy rains, more insects allow bats to wait for total darkness t...  more »
  • Millions of "Mexican Free-tailed bats" live in the crevices under the Congress Avenue bridge, and emerge to feed on insects each dusk during the summer months. There are many options for viewing, incl...  more »
  • We waited with hundreds of other people to the bats to come out. We felt a little disappointed but decided to wait an extra 20 minutes, and the moment when all of the bats come flying out is absolutel...  more »