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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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  • After 2 failed attempts in March 2015 and 2016, we went back in August to see the bats, and it was amazing! They start coming out right at dusk, and they continue for over an hour (maybe longer, but i...  more »
  • We waited and waited but didn't see much. When the barges came and shined their red lights we saw some flitting around the trees but definitely not the 1.5 million bats we were anticipating 
  • Is this a tourist attraction, which is marketed over the level of any realism? Yes, after waiting 30 minutes we saw some bats, but they were mostly below the bridge and not so visible against the dark...  more »