On hot, humid summer nights, just before the pink and orange Texas sky dims, a cloud of little black dots begins to thicken beneath Congress Bridge. It's the beginning of a nightly ritual for more than one million Mexican free-tailed bats fluttering out for their evening meal. The web-winged creatures have become quite the spectacle for the hundreds who line the bridge each night, awaiting the dinnertime exodus. No mosquito is spared as the creatures take flight—the bats consume up to 30,000 pounds of insects every night.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is the home of the largest urban bat colony in North America.
  • More than 1.5 million bats fly out nightly from mid-March to November.
  • See the bats from dry land or by boat.

100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701
Parking: Midsummer at dusk

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 512-416-5700
Neighborhood: Downtown
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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