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Bats under the Congress Bridge

Austin's Town Lake, Austin, Texas


Home of the famous and largest bat colony bridge located in the heart of Austin Texas. The Congress Avenue Bridge spans Town Lake in downtown Austin and is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. Every night beginning in mid-March to roughly November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food. This is one of Austin's as well as Texas' most spectacular tourist attractions. The best time to view them are during the hot dry August nights when columns of bats emerge. When I visited 4/27/07 is was more like a swarm of mosquitos (bats) around a bloody arm (the bridge). 4 stars out of 5.

othercontact: Congress Bridge * Town Lake - Au
Website: http://www.austincityguide.com/content/congress-bridge-bats-austin.asp

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  • Written May 16, 2007
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