Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, Austin

3.6
#1 of 6 in Wildlife in Austin
Bridge · Wildlife Area
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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  • Quite fantastic! Go near sunset time, the best way to see it is to rent a kayak or a paddleboat and watch on the river! From the top of bridge is also cool!  more »
  • We went in the morning and came back at dusk to see the bats. It is a really cool place to see the bats each evening (August). I loved reading the signs up by the entrance and I learned more about.....  more »

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