Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

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#2 of 107 in Wildlife in Texas
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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  • Went in February..not bat season so we didn't expect to catch the bats flying out at dusk. Walked from SoCo to the bridge and got there just in time to see the bats fly out from under the bridge into ...  more »
  • Based on numerous recommendations and reviews, I visited the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset to view the famed Austin Bats exiting their daytime roosting spots. Hundreds of people lined the rail in a...  more »
  • We did the bat tour on the boat located near the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake this late in the season it was kind of late to see the bats it was quite enjoyable and the weather was fantastic  more »

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