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Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Tour in Texas

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Why we included this experience:

  • Breathtaking experience of the natural world
  • Best views in the city!
  • Great exercise

Experience description

Congress Bridge in the cool city of Austin, Texas, is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony. Every summer evening, around 8pm, some 1.5 MILLION Mexican free-tailed bats emerge before crowds of people, in search of their favourite food, the bugs that plague nearby farmers. You’ll enjoy the best seats in the house for this spectacular event, as you’ll be kayaking up Lady Bird Lake (named after the former First Lady and wife of President Lyndon B Johnson), pausing just in front of the bridge minutes before the bats stream out into the sky above.

The bats moved into this haunt in 1980 when the bridge was first renovated, and it’s estimated that every night they can eat up to 30,000lbs of insects - that’s the equivalent of 2 adult African elephants! Watching these friendly, harmless creatures flood out from their hideaway is one of the most popular activities in Austin - even the locals will frequently make a point of stopping by. And with your position in a kayak, you’ll have a superb view.


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Highlights:

  • Take part in one of Austin’s most popular evening activities
  • Sensational views of the bats as they leave their roost
  • Scenic paddle along pretty Lady Bird Lake beforehand

What's Included:

  • All equipment (kayak, paddle, lifejacket)
  • Guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Locker if required

Good to know:

  • Available March - November
  • Best time to see most bats is in August
  • Tour duration 2.5 hours - 3 hours approx
  • Minimum weight 30lbs (13.5kg)
  • Participants must be able to swim

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