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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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  • On the Austin Detours music crawl, one of the gals in a bar gave me a Batman button, because I was wearing a hat with buttons. The following day, while walking down Congress avenue, someone asked me i...  more »
  • We got there 30 minutes before sunset and the bats had just started flying. There were quite a few bats and they kept coming out till we left just at sunset.  more »
  • This is such a great iconic Austin place to visit. Wear bug spray! Everyone of all ages enjoy this activity.  more »