Waugh Drive Bat Colony, Houston

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  • I have the site three times and I have not seen the last remaining bats leave evening flights as has been happening for a while since HARVEY. Matter of fact, it was dark tonight and many were standing...  more »
  • We arrived at the observation platform to watch the bats emerge from under the Waugh Drive Bridge on August 10th. About 50 people had gathered. Sure enough thousands of bats flew out just after sundow...  more »
  • This is definitely worth a trip into the city. Now the parking can be tricky, but we found a spot quickly (even on a Saturday night) in Sports Park. We arrived about 20 minutes before sunset and the b...  more »
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  • Wonderful experience to see in the middle of an active city like Houston! In the evening time, close to the same time every day, all the bats under this bridge fly out in a herd. It is absolutely gorgeous to see! While you're waiting for this event, you can explore the bat-free park right next to the bridge. Very peaceful nature walk, a nice time for family, couples, and friends. I ate at Subway right across the road with my Husband waiting for the bats to come out. If you haven't been once, you MUST see it! Below, I've included some pictures of my walk around the park nearby. That was a magical experience by itself.
  • BAT VIEWING ETIQUETTE Viewing the bat emergence can be one of the most amazing experiences in nature. Please be "bat friendly" & enjoy watching the bats without causing harm to the bats or yourself. Please sit or stand several feet away from the bridge during the emergence to give the bats plenty of room to fly. Please do not stand under the bridge during the emergence. Bats prefer the dark, especially when first emerging from their bridge crevices. Do not use flashlights or camera flashes during the emergence. Loud voices can alter the bats’ emergence behavior. Please be considerate by keeping noise levels down. Please supervise your children & pets. Please do not throw objects at flying or roosting bats. Do not touch or pick up a grounded bat for any reason. If the bat is on the ground, it may be a young bat still learning to fly, or it may be ill. Grounded bats will bite in self-defense.
  • Fantastic wildlife experience! As mentioned go 20 - 30 minutes before Sunset. They fly out the east side of the Waugh Bridge opposite of the Sunset! Have FUN!
  • My 4 year old loved it. We stayed well past dark watching the bats swarm underneath the bridge. The bats leaving the bridge starts about 5 or 10 minutes after official sunset, and the stream of bats fly east toward downtown above the bayou. The best vantage points: on the sloping bank closer to the bridge, on the bike path (watch out for speeding cyclists), or in the bridge itself (just be mindful that the sidewalk is narrow and the drivers on Waugh drive fast). Don't stand on the little observation platform that was built; it has great information, but not very good for actually seeing the bats. The spectacle is not as awe-inspiring as the Austin bat colony with its millions of bats and wider waterway, but I definitely recommend seeing this impressive colony.
  • My daughters and I stopped to watch the bats recently on a bike ride around the bayou. The crowd wasn't too crazy and we got a great view. I appreciate that the city has put effort into making this an attraction. My only wish is for better seating while waiting for the bats to show. (Be prepared - it's stinky!)
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