Congress Avenue Bridge
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Budget Travelers
- 86%Family Travelers
- 75%Local Culture
- 63%History Buffs
- 63%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (11)
- Congress Avenue BridgeJan 14, 2014
Don't let Gogobot's misplaced map tack fool you. The Congress Avenue bridge goes across Lady Bird Lake, not some downtown intersection a mile north of that. Now named after our wonderfully colorful previous Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is famously a great place for families, couples, and others to watch the largest North American colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge every evening ~ March thru October, from under the bridge -- where they live -- to do their hunting over Lady Bird Lake. Also a great route for runners, walkers, strollers and others to get from SoCo to Downtown.
- Congress Avenue BridgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jan 07, 2014
Home to more than a million Mexican Free-tail bats, Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge provides a picturesque landmark with great views of the Capitol, the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake), downtown and all those bats, which emerge at dusk each day in a stream that baffles many visitors. That faint smell? It's guano - bat droppings. But don't let it scare you away. This bridge, its history and its wildlife is a must for anyone visiting Austin.
- Congress Avenue BridgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 3Sep 03, 2013
If you want something unique, environmentally educational for kids, and FREE then I would recommend watching the bats emerge from under the Congress Ave Bridge. Parking in the parking lot of the Austin American Statesman newspaper building is free and there is a grassy area below the bridge that provides a great vantage point for seeing the bats. There are millions of Mexican fruit bats that make their way from Mexico in the spring and summer to hang out under this bridge. It's a very wonderful sight to see. You can also take an evening boat tour to see the bats on the Colorado River under the bridge. There are not bathrooms or food vendors.
- Congress Avenue BridgeFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
People come here to watch thousands of bars fly out at sunset. It's quite a sight. A bridge from the awesome south congress ave, great for dining and shopping, to downtown Austin!
Brief History: The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Before the construction of Longhorn Dam was completed in 1960, the bridge crossed the Colorado River from which Lady Bird Lake is impounded.