The Travel Hat: 1.5 million bats!

When in Austin, you have to visit the Congress Avenue Bridge around sundown to see a swarm of bats surface. No joke. There is about 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats that live under this bridge.

I wouldn’t arrive any earlier than 8pm or any later than 8:30pm. After the first round of bats migrate from under the bridge – stick around – there is an encore about 10 minutes later. Make sure you park nearby (we paid $7!) and walk to the center of the bridge to see this Austin tourist sight. It’s one-of-a-kind.

We stayed on top of the bridge, but you can jump on a boat, a kayak or even a swan to see the bats fly over your head. No thank you. But, these people looked like they were having fun. (click the images to enlarge)

The next day, Ryan went under the bridge (freaky) to see if he could see the bats. No luck. I wonder what he would have done if he did see them?