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Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)
Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

Free admission
100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

The Basics

You can witness Austin’s beloved flying residents from various locations, including the eastern walkway of Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, the grassy hillside at the base of the bridge, or from Lady Bird Lake in a rented kayak, canoe, or paddle board. Bat-watching tours take various forms—enjoy a guided cycling tour around the lake before arriving at the bridge in time for bat viewing, paddle to the bridge on a kayak tour, or see the bats as part of a GPS-led scavenger hunt through the Texas capital.

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Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
star-4.5
$69.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great workout
Wonderful experience and learned a bunch about Austin. Rives and Madelyn were very helpful. One thing I would include is better instruction for your newbie kayakers. Also let people get properly adjusted in the seats before pushing them in water
Whitney_J, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Austin

star-5
Looking forward to the next kayaking adventure!
Joshua_N, May 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Excellent time, Dan was a great tour guide. Put everyone at ease and was very informative. the bats weren’t as plentiful this particular night but it was still a very fun experience kayaking at sunset and night time along the Austin downtown skyline.
star-5
Great Kayak Bat Tour
Jeremy_D, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
This tour was amazing. The staff was knowledgeable and so helpful. They made sure everyone was comfortable, safe, and had a great time!
star-5
Fun and interesting time in Austin
Steven_B, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Fun adventure to add to your completed bucket list. I live in Chicago and came to visit my son who never heard of this.
star-5
Awesome excursion
Cristina_B, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
The scenery and the explanation by tour guide about the bats and buildings we saw. Guide was very knowledgeable and even gave us some suggestions for places to eat or things to do.
star-5
Kayak bat tour
Brittany_W, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
This was a great way to get a unique view of the Austin skyline and the bats! Tim was a fun and knowledgeable guide-highly recommend!
star-5
Scenic bike ride full of history and pictures of bats.
Chuck_M, Oct 2019
Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin
Mike did a great job of explaining the bike ride before we started and giving a history of the city and scenic sites along with a great explination of the bats.
star-5
Great bat adventure
Bruce_B, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
The tour guides were fantastic. Provided great history of Texas and also places to visit and eat. They knew what time the bats would come out and adjusted the tour. Equipment was great.
star-5
Super fun tour, don’t miss!
Ali20814, Jun 2019
Congress Avenue Bats Bike Tour in Austin
This is an ideal tour! It’s active at a mellow pace, gives you a great sense of the city’s layout, and shows a local perspective that’s hard to get otherwise. Mark is a fantastic guide. Funny and knowledgeable. Perfect way to learn about Austin and see the crazy bat action!! Don’t miss this one.
star-4
Great way to see the infamous bats under Congress Ave bridge as well as the Austin skyline at sunset
Thomas_H, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
The highlight was definitely the bats coming out from under the bridge and the way to see them is definitely sitting on a kayak right underneath them as they emerge. I was unprepared for how many bats flew out but our knowledgeable guide informed us that there were close to 750,000 of them living under the bridge at the time
star-5
Exciting time
GEGAZE_L, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
It was fun and relaxing. This was my first time and it was kind of scary in the beginning but fun at the end.
star-5
AWESOME
Noah_B, Mar 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Amazing and unique experience. Would definitely do it again next time I'm in Austin. Made my entire trip memorable!
star-5
Highly recommend!!
Alix_G, Mar 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Rives and Freddy were awesome guides! My parents and I loved this tour. It was beautiful to see the sunset and skyline from the river, and we saw a good amount of bats! I would definitely recommend this tour to other family and friends!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Congress Bridge bats are a must-see for animal lovers and first-time visitors to Austin.

  • The bats’ dramatic appearance usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.

  • A typical bat tour lasts two to three hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • The public walkway along Congress Avenue Bridge is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The Congress Avenue Bridge is located roughly one mile (1.6 kilometers) from downtown Austin. The easiest way to get there is on foot or by road. Parking is available near the Austin American-Statesman office, Auditorium Shores, and along East Riverside Drive.

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When to Get There

The Austin bats can be seen between March and November, with their numbers peaking in summer. The mammals begin to emerge about 20 minutes before sundown; due to the spectacle’s popularity, it’s a good idea to show up an hour or so before sunset to stake out a spot on the bridge.

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Austin Bat Trivia

The free-tailed bat colony that lives beneath South Congress Bridge was once feared, but today the bats are appreciated for keeping the city’s bug population under control. Each night, the colony consumes 20,000 to 30,000 pounds (9,072 to 13,608 kilograms) of insects. This particular species gets its name from its long tail, which measures about a third of the length of its body. The bats often fly up to two miles (3.2 kilometers) high and are among the fastest mammals in the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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