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Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Bridge and Scenic Lookout · Downtown Austin
1 Congress Ave (over Colorado River), Austin, TX 78701, United States
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    Mario D.
    "Yummy guano"(3 Tips)
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    "South East side of the river"(2 Tips)
    Molly S.
    "Park at the Austin American Statesman and follow the gravel path down to the hill..."(2 Tips)
    Sarah G.
    "Great for bat watching and even better trails!"(2 Tips)
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  • Julius T.

    Hang out here waiting for bats. It'll probably be real dark when they come out buts it's a cool 15 minutes.

    Julius Tarng · October 22, 2015
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  • Jay H.

    Baaaaaaaats!!!

    Jay Hartwig · September 1, 2015
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  • Dianey S.

    They do not come out every night.. So it's a gamble.. Don't go too early... They usually come out when the sun goes down...

    Dianey Sandoval · August 23, 2015
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  • Mazanin F.

    If you are lucky and you are around this area before sunset, you can see bats flying from under the bridge to some area in the southeast of Austin.

    Mazanin F · July 24, 2015
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  • Ted G.

    Great place to start your evening, over looking town lake, the sunset and bats. When they leave, wow it's truly amazing, to see so many at one place......

    Ted Green · April 18, 2015
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  • Stephanie W.

    A great place to watch the sun set, while waiting for the bats to take flight.

    Stephanie Walls · January 11, 2015
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  • Clyde Kelly J.

    Photos do not do this justice. You need to see it with your own eyes.

    Clyde Kelly J. · October 22, 2014
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  • Steve M.

    Bats were on strike apparently they never showed up

    Steve McWhorter · October 4, 2014
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  • Jackie B.

    My 2nd time waiting on the bats! :)

    Jackie Botello · September 24, 2014
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  • Maria G.

    The bats didn't want to come out for tonight!😀

    Maria Giannetti McWhorter · September 21, 2014
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  • Dustin S.

    Had good luck in the south east side of the bridge. Find a street lamp to stand under to help illuminate the creepy flying mice.

    Dustin Schirer · September 20, 2014
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  • Don O.

    Watch the bats in the evening

    Don Owens · September 2, 2014
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  • Colleen C.

    Pretty fun! Beautiful park below with a great view of the bats coming out at dusk. Pretty interesting and you can watch it from a kayak or boat as well!

    Colleen Carpenter · August 17, 2014
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  • Kimberly A.

    Lots of people!

    Kimberly Ann · August 4, 2014
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  • Jeanette I.

    Don't get here to early. They won't get out until it's dark. Twice here now and no bats so unfortunately not so that they are out all nights. Prepare the kids..

    Jeanette Irekvist · May 26, 2014
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  • William H.

    Everyone is excited for the bats to come out!!!

    William Henderson · May 26, 2014
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  • Lola M.

    Great spot to watch the bats!

    Lola M · September 19, 2013
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  • Logan Y.

    Bats everywhere

    Logan Young · September 7, 2013
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  • Chris

    August is prime bat watching season.

    Chris · August 25, 2013
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  • Roshan V.

    Come for the view, stay for the bats. Leave with the terror of millions of bats flying overhead.

    Roshan Vyas · August 22, 2013
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  • Adam R.

    Beware of the deaf guy passing out buttons, he expects your money. I politely told him I didn't want one, he flipped me off and motioned for me to leave. Amusingly, he avoided our side of the bridge.

    Adam Rogers · August 19, 2013
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  • Amber A.

    It's a thing

    Amber Austen · August 6, 2013
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  • Nicholle

    It's hard to gauge the exact time the bats will emerge from under the bridge. However, when they do, it's quite a sight. Try to arrive 30mins before sunset. Austinites should see this at least once!

    Nicholle · August 3, 2013
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  • Susan Y.

    There were lots of bats :)

    Susan Yamashita · July 22, 2013
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  • Bret S.

    Get there early to get the best spot on the bridge

    Bret Sanders · July 20, 2013
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  • Carlos R.

    Have plenty of charge on your phone if you want to take video!

    Carlos Ross · July 19, 2013
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  • Summer E.

    Bats bats bats!!!

    Summer Estee · July 10, 2013
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  • Sarah G.

    Great for bat watching and even better trails! Just try not to "take the scenic route" like I did...

    Sarah Gutierrez · July 6, 2013
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  • Stephen S.

    Awesome! So many Bats and BAT PISS.

    Stephen Savage · July 6, 2013
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  • Himmad K.

    When on the bridge, get as close as you can over the water for the best view

    Himmad Khan · June 30, 2013
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  • Richard H.

    Watch out for the flying rodents!

    Richard Harris · June 16, 2013
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  • Richard H.

    No jumping please.

    Richard Harris · June 16, 2013
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  • Carrie O.

    Get there 30 min before dusk. Super cool to see!

    Carrie Ogulnick · June 10, 2013
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  • Lola R.

    Waiting patiently on the boat dock waiting for the bats. Mosquitos out here.

    Lola Rain · May 7, 2013
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  • Raja H.

    Don't take the "free" pin from the deaf guy with the bar hat. He'll want your money

    Raja H · April 28, 2013
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  • Nick K.

    Beware of the man in the bat hat. He is soliciting buttons and will harass you if you don't buy one.

    Nick Kinling · April 15, 2013
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  • Margey

    Absolutely worth seeing this phenomena!! Nature at it's finest.

    Margey · April 11, 2013
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  • Omar

    Miss this place. :(

    Omar · February 21, 2013
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  • Mario D.

    Yummy guano

    Mario Davila · January 9, 2013
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  • Carla M.

    I cannot think of a better name for this bridge that is home to hundreds of bats !! Ann Richards was one of the biggest old bats I've ever known!!!!

    Carla M · October 29, 2012
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  • Michael B.

    This is a nice place 2 go 2 and look at some bats.

    Michael B. · September 3, 2012
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  • Molly S.

    Park at the Austin American Statesman and follow the gravel path down to the hill near the river!

    Molly Shetter · August 9, 2012
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  • Kimberly C.

    Bring a chair and drink for the show.

    Kimberly Collins · May 27, 2012
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  • Wally W.

    They mostly come at night. Mostly.

    Wally Waffles · May 24, 2012
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  • Felix D.

    Get there by eight.. bats come out at around nineish

    Felix D · April 28, 2012
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  • Scott A.

    Austin must-do with out-of-town guests.

    Scott Allen · April 23, 2012
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  • Mike O'Neil T.

    Take the boat ride

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  • chris m.

    The bats fly leave the bridge flying east. Best place (other then on boat) is the South East side of the river down on the grassy area by the bike path

    chris miller · March 19, 2012
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  • Phani K.

    The bridge offers bat watching views in august(best) when young pups+mothers exit the bridge during nightly flights. Exit time around 8 to 8:30 pm as long as 30-45 mins. Exit times-Call 416-5700 x3636

    Phani K · March 16, 2012
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  • Andre L.

    Sadly during SXSW there seems to be very little bat activity. Go and have a beer instead!

    Andre Louis · March 12, 2012
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