Bats in Austin

Bats in Austin

Bats in Austin

If you haven’t heard, there are millions of bats in Austin that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge during the spring and summer. The crevices under the bridge make the perfect roost for the Mexican free-tail bats that make their way to Austin every year and create the largest urban bat colony in North America.

These bats attract over 100,000 people every year but not many of them know how to get the best view of the bats.

Many visitors think they can get the best view from staring down from the top of the Congress Avenue Bridge. While this can lead to some amazing sites, especially when the bats emerge from under the bridge for their nightly flying, there is another way that makes it even more spectacular.

The best spot to view the bats

The best view of the bats in Austin is from underneath. Lady Bird Lake lies directly under the Congress Avenue Bridge. From the water’s surface, you can see right into their habitat. Viewing the bats from underneath is not as hard as you think it is. There are plenty of ways to get on and across the water. Canoeing and kayaking are two methods that are easy and fun.

Both Canoeing and kayaking in Austin is peaceful. You can rent canoes and kayaks to take you on a relaxing journey most any time of day. Take a ride under the bridge during the day to see the bats in Austin hanging upside down and getting some shut eye.  Or, take a ride at dusk and watch them start to emerge from their slumber and take flight against the sunset.

Viewing the bats from a kayak gives you an insider’s glimpse of the way the bats in Austin live.

You would be amazed at what you could learn by watching the bats from the water. Why not give it a whirl and rent a canoe or kayak next time you are in Austin?