Bats of the Congress Avenue Bridge

Type: Sightseeing, Uniquely Here

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Best Attractions & Activities: Every year nearly 1 Million Mexican free-tailed bats call Austin home, typically arriving as the warm weather sets back in the Spring. They stay in Austin until early fall, and are the largest urban bat colony in North America. When in Austin, they camp out on downtown's Congress Avenue Bridge. Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, Texas. These 1.5 million bats are fun to watch, but they're also making our world a better place to live. You can stand on the bridge at dusk and watch the bats emerge as a black cloud against the sunset as they seek out their dinner. Be sure to ask the locals what time the bats are coming out, because our recent drought has them coming out earlier than usual.

Sightseeing: Between March and November, more than a million-and-a-half free-tail bats spend their summer days under this prominent bridge (whose structure facilitates their habitats) and come out in the darkness to catch and eat thousands of pounds of insects nightly. It's quite an awe-inspiring spectacle to behold and can take all the bats more than a half-hour to take flight at times of heaviest concentration. The best time to catch sight is around 8:30pm.


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Austin, TX
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512-327-9721


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Expert Tips by Shelley Seale

Austin Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "Ask the locals (or check the website) to find out what time the bats are coming out a given time of year, as it is subject to change."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is one of those things that must be seen to be believed; you'll catch locals alongside visitors watching the cool phenomenon.

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