Bats Underneath Congress Bridge
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Member Reviews (56)
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Mar 06, 2014
If the time is right - this is like a scene from National Geographic with thousands of bats swarming out of the bridge during dusk.
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 07, 2014
Stand on the Congress bridge before sunset between March - early November and experience the 1.5 million bats that stream out from under the bridge and down the river. It's the largest bat colony in South America and really is incredible to watch. The bats don't come towards onlookers, so don't be afraid!
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeDec 29, 2013
Stroll downhill on SoCo about sunset March through October to watch North America's largest colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats flock out into the air above the Lake, from their warm-season home underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge. Truly spectacular. Admission cost? A few minutes' walk.
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeOct 23, 2013
A lot of freaky visitors pass through Austin, but the most notable crowd might be the city’s seasonal population of inner city bats. Each spring, more than 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats inhabit the dark nooks and crannies underneath downtown’s Congress Avenue Bridge, constituting North America’s largest urban bat colony until migrating again in October. Every night around dusk, hundreds of locals and tourists alike flock to the southeast end of the bridge (A cloying guano stench helps to guide first timers) to see the flapping black cloud of wings that emerge by the thousands on their nightly search for food. Bypass the organized batwatching cruises and get a nice overhead view from the bridge’s pedestrian sidewalks or, from below, on a picnic blanket on the grassy slopes just under the bridge.
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 16, 2013
I lived in Austin for 7 years and could never understand why locals and tourists alike would go batty for the bats underneath Congress Bridge. Maybe it's the smell of guano or the chance of contracting rabies that makes 'em rabid for a non-event.
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeOct 11, 2013
Head down here around sunset (or earlier, cause it gets packed!) and watch as over 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from beneath Congress bridge. Watching is free ( though a $1 donation is appreciated) and it is truly a sight to behold. Bring bug spray!!! Mosquitos are all over, as are gnats!
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 03, 2013
At sunset, people congregate on the Congress Bridge to watch as hundreds of thousands of bats fly out from their daytime roosting place under the bridge. It is a pretty awesome sight.
- Bats Underneath Congress BridgeJul 05, 2013
Austin is the spring and summer home to some 750,000 bats with up to 1.5 million bats at the peak of the bat-watching season. It's the largest urban bat colony in North America.
From March through April thousands of mostly female, pregnant Mexican free-tailed bats migrate North to give birth. And they stay through the spring, summer, and early fall. Check them out around dusk, on, under and around the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge in downtown. (But you might want to wear a cap...)