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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  • We happened to get lucky and be at bridge right when the bats left for the evening, and there were THOUSANDS of them. Words cannot describe the sight. It was worth enduring a bit of odor and more...  more »
  • The Congress Avenue bridge is better known for what is under the bridge than on top. From the surface it just seems like another bridge. You need to follow the pathways under the bridge to...  more »
  • U can see the bats from here around 745 to 8 pm right now
  • Such a neat trail but so much trash everywhere. Austin should be ashamed.

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