The Austin Bat Colony - Austin,
The Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin is the spring
and summer home to as many as 1.5 million
Mexican Free-Tail bats. In fact, it's the
largest urban bat colony in North America.
Congress Avenue bats are in residence as early as March, the
best bat viewing time is in August when the young pups join their
mothers in the nightly flights. It can take as long as
forty-five minutes for all the bats to exit the bridge.
normally occur around 8 to 8:30 pm but can be a bit earlier or
later. Call the Bat Hotline at 512-416-5700 ext. 3636 to
check on the best viewing times. The bats arrive in mid-March and return to Mexico in
early November, but there are still plenty of bats that
around for Halloween. They emerge at different times every
night, but the hotter and drier the weather gets, the
earlier they set out in search for food.
August is the best viewing month, not only because they come
out before sundown, but because the newborn bats are just beginning to forage with their mothers.
There are plenty of locations along Town Lake in the
vicinity of Congress Avenue where you can watch the bats. If
you visit the Austin Bats on Halloween night, consider
dressing up in vampire costumes!
Click here for more information on the Austin Bats.
Halloween in Austin
while watching these fascinating creatures may be the main
reason for visiting the capital of Texas, the Halloween fun
doesn't stop there.
Austin has plenty to offer in the way of
scary fair! There's always something to do including a
variety of commercial haunted attractions, night club
costume parties and macabre concerts. And don't forget to
hit the street in costume for Trick or Treating!
Austin Ghost Tour
for a spirited way to learn about Austin and its history?
Take one of the downtown walking ghost tours! Your personal
guide will enlighten you on the history of Austin, its many
undead residents, and the spooky events that go on throughout all of Austin. A
trip to Austin is a great addition to your
Halloween adventures. Even a skeptic will see the city of
Austin in a whole new light!
Looking for even more Halloween
scares? San Antonio, the location of the
Tracks is only eighty miles from Austin!
When visiting or
investigating any spooky place be sure to
obey all local laws and always respect the
privacy of land owners and residents. Always
get advance permission to enter private
property. Never trespass on, take anything
from or damage anyone's private property.
Always show respect!