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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'm the kind of person who can stand and stare at a lake view for ages anyway. But don't mind be fooled by the more enthusiastic guides that talk of great swarms as if they're guaranteed. Like most wi...  more »
  • got to watch the bats and the bat watchers, congress bridge was packed, the night cool but not bad, the cityscape lights amazing, ...the bats flew and the bat watchers oooed. was a fun sight from pati...  more »
  • Fun to go during the summer months at sundown to 2atch the bats fly out in "swarms." The kids will love it. Just make sure you go firing the summer months as the bats migrate.