Austin, Texas: World's Largest Urban Bat Colony Team Field Report

305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX
Congress Avenue Bridge on Town Lake, Austin American-Statesman parking lot on the southeast side, free parking to the public after 6 pm.
Bats take wing just before dark, usually -- March through November. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

Crowds gather every evening to watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take flight from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Report...

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World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

If you park in the American-statesman lot, you have to download the parking app and pay to park. We did not want to risk getting a fine. The bats emerged in a huge cloud for a good 20 minutes. Impressive!

[Laurie, 03/31/2017]
World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

This bat colony makes for a wonderful summer evening in Austin. They're endangered, and environmentally very important. Plan your visit with enough time to stake out a good spot on the Congress Ave. bridge.

[Lauren R., 01/15/2015]
World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

This is really an amazing thing to see! The bats came out after the sunset and they are hard to see in the dark. If you walk across the bridge and look down to the water while standing by the street lights you will be very impressed and have the best sightings.

[Fred O, 07/24/2014]
World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

Amazing to see, watch from the ground before sunset and from the bridge after. Get a spot by the lights for optimal winged mammal viewing. No need for an umbrella or hat -- we went twice and didn't see anyone with either. You can also rent a kayak to watch from the water!

[Jen Bee, 07/17/2014]

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