Congress Avenue Bat Colony - Austin, TX
The largest urban bat colony in North America is located in Austin. It boasts 1.5 million bats. A few years ago, we saw the bats, after eating, from the top of the bridge. They came out for an hour and a half. This year, we decided to take advantage of the Austin American Statesman's free bat parking (after 6 p.m.) and have a fantastic picnic. We arrived at 6:30 and got a great spot on the grassy knoll between Lady Bird Lake and the Statesman offices. The blankets were laid out and the culinary fare did abound. The bat information that I saw on the web said that the bats come out around sunset. They actually start heading out around 7:30 and it goes on until after dark. August is said to be the best bat viewing because all of the bats that were born in June are now also flying. There are no public bathrooms at this locations. Go before you come. You can also see the bats from TGIF on Congress. Next year, I think our family will try the river boat cruise.
The people watching and glowing light sabers make the grassy knoll worth the visit!
Blessed Bat Watching!