FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Austin’s Famous Congress Avenue Bridge Bats!
How many bats fly out in Austin
Where can you eat and watch the bats in Austin?
Where do you park to watch the bats in Austin?
Go to the Austin Bat Tours Parking Guide for directions and addresses. The Vic Mathias Shores have a free parking lot for the early birds. You will find them at 900 Riverside Drive… or by following this link!
Alternatively, South Congress Avenue also offers free parking. The address is 834 S Congress Avenue and it is relatively close to the bridge where the bats proliferate.
Located a block north of the bridge you will find Cesar Chavez street, where parking is free between the hours of 6pm and 12am. A word of caution though because parts of this street are metered, so always double check when you choose your space.
What time of year do the bats come out in Austin?
The bats only call Austin home for a portion of the year from spring to late fall. The colony will typically begin to appear in late March and stay until temperatures start to drop around September/October.
Where is the best place to watch the bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge
The first major bat column to emerge normally exits along the river edge at the southeast end of the bridge, with the column heading east along the river. Because this is where bats are first seen, visitors tend to congregate there for viewing.
Where do the Austin bats go at night?
Do the Austin bats fly every night?
Can I see the bats in Austin now?
What months can you see the bats in Austin? The bats only call Austin home for a portion of the year from spring to late fall. The colony will typically begin to appear in late March and stay until temperatures start to drop around September/October.
Do bats come out before sunset?
What bridge do the bats come out in Austin?