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Austin Bats, Austin - Address, Phone Number

Address: 305 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Phone: +1512-3279721

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Did you know a bat baby is called a pup? Or that bat mothers can identify their babies by their unique smell and high pitched squeak? You’ll be able to learn these facts, and more, at the Congress Avenue Bridge; the kind of destination that will leave you batty about Austin! This is no surprise since the city itself is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world. Besides parks and museums, another incredible wonder is the Congress Avenue Bridge, which makes a lovely home for nearly 1.5 million bats that fly in during spring. These bats are just as useful and important to the ecology of Austin as the bridge is to commuters, and visiting this site will tell you why.

In 1871, a big, beautiful bridge was constructed over the Colorado River, this was replaced by a wooden toll bridge and then finally, in 1980, the Congress Avenue Bridge was born. Unknown to the builders, the crevices under the bridge made for ideal bat roosts and soon attracted thousands upon thousands of bats, mostly female, that were flying into Austin for spring. Though these misunderstood creatures were first met with animosity by the locals, it was soon apparent that the bats were sweet, peaceful creatures that helped everyone out by eating up pesky insects! Soon, the people of Austin and these Mexican Free-Tailed bats began to live in perfect harmony.

The bridge became a tourist destination, attracting visitors and animal lovers from all kinds of places. The Austin American Statesman created the Statesman Bat Observation Center that’s just adjacent to the bridge. It’s from here you’ll be treated to fantastic views of the bat families flying and swooping around at night, while learning interesting details about the lives of these sophisticated flying mammals. These beautiful creatures are awe inspiring to watch, with their cute faces but smooth, elegant wings, gliding upon air currents through the sky.

Austin Bats Information

  • You can visit this place after sunset around 6:30 pm.
  • You can view the scenery and the bats from atop the bridge, from the water on a canoe or kayak, from the Austin Statesmen grass and from the Radisson hotel so take your pick.
  • Head to the South end of the river on the east side of the bridge, immediately adjacent to the Statesman parking lot. There's a viewing area there that’s better than the view on the bridge.
  • Take something to sit on or you will be sitting on the ground.
  • Wear long sleeved clothingas there might be mosquitoes from the river.
  • Do donate to the Bat Conservation gentleman that monitors the place.  
  • Check out the bat statue on the NW corner of Congress Bridge at the Statesman parking lot intersection.

Austin Bats Opening and Closing Hours

  • The place is open all day.
  • Be sure to arrive maybe 30-40 minutes before sunset, make sure to think about parking time.

How To reach Austin Bats by Public Transport

  • By bike: Yellow Bike Project, Phone- 512-457-9880; Bicycle Sports Shop - Bike Rentals, Phone- 512-477-3472.
  • By taxi: Yellow Cab, Phone- 512-452-9999. website includes fare estimator and online booking.
  • You can travel Austin by car and taxi as well.

Restaurants Near Austin Bats

  • The Driskill Bar & Grill
  • ChiLantro Korean BBQ+Mexican
  • Roaring Fork
  • The Hideout Theater

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  • It's a cool experience. One of those things that you do only once. Definitely a tourist place to visit. You must go at sundown if you don't want to wait. The walk around the edge of the river is nice to do. Be ready to walk in he dark. If you never been, you should go. I'm sure you'll never want to do it twice, but a good one time experience.

  • A unique and interesting experience. Must see and free (except $6 parking).

  • Awesome views of the skyline and the Austin lake. You would want to get there early cause it gets pretty pack with other spectators. Bats come out as soon as the sun goes down. It does smell like bat manure underneath the bridge and when they start flying out. But this is Austin.

  • It is an out of the world experience to see 1.5 million bat's fly out. Amazing. One should for sure go and see that.

  • Amazing, come out just before sunset in July and August to get full effect. Come early and sit by the water. Watching from the bridge means you can see the large cloud of bats fly over Austin.

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