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.
  • 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!)
  • So awesome!! Definitely something worth seeing.
  • Very cool experience! I had seen the bats in Austin but I didn't know Houston had a huge bat colony as well! We got to see a dramatic moment when a bird swooped down and caught a bat in mid-air. Good free family entertainment!

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