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Austin's 1.5 Million Mexican Free Tailed Bat Show!

Updated: Feb 9

Austin Texas is home to 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. Every summer thousands of people gather on Congress Avenue bridge to watch them wake up, come out, and put on a super cool show. If you're staying downtown, put this on your list. It's very easy to walk to, is in the evening when it's cooler, and is free. You can even kayak or take one of the evening boat cruises.


Austin's bat watching party

  1. Austin Mexican free tailed Bat Emergence: Every evening, from March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge to feed. The emergence typically occurs around sunset and can be a spectacular sight as thousands of bats take flight in search of insects.

  2. Viewing Opportunities: There are several ways to view the bats in Austin. You can watch them from the bridge itself, either by standing on the bridge or using the designated bat viewing areas. Another popular option is to rent a kayak or paddleboard and view the bats from the water.

  3. Environmental Importance: The presence of the bats in Austin is not only a unique attraction but also provides important ecological benefits. The bats play a significant role in controlling insect populations, including agricultural pests, which helps support a balanced ecosystem.

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