Only in Austin will you find the largest urban bat colony in North America. Since 1980, when engineers built bat-friendly crevices in the Congress Avenue Bridge during construction, more than a million Mexican free-tailed bats swoop out from under the bridge just after sunset. Don’t skip this one; it’s an impressive sight. You can see them March-November, but July and August are peak viewing months; the bats spend summers here and winters in Mexico. Get there early if you want to see them from the bridge. Better yet, go for one of the boat cruises and get up close and personal with the bats—try Capital Cruises or the Lonestar Riverboat. Just be sure to wear a hat—bat poop is very stinky!
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