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. Put Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats into our Austin trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Austin.
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  • The view from this bridge is really nice. Definitely either walk across or take a scooter. In warm weather, you can see the paddle boarders and kayaks on the water.  more »
  • Beautiful views, hundreds of thousands of bats clearly visible, and friendly people - a great experience.  more »
  • There lives a considerable amount of bats (and apparently baby bats, too) under the Congress Bridge and when sun sets, they leave the bridge to hunt food. Arriving before sunset is recommended as find...  more »
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