Congress Street Bridge
Home to the largest urban bat colony
The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is home to one of the largest urban bat colonies in the world with over 1.5 million bats. The colony emerges en mass nightly around dusk and is estimated to consume from 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of insects a night. The Congress Street Bridge is just north of the South Congress area and is an ideal way to wrap up an afternoon spent shopping and eating along the strip. You can stand along the walking areas of the bridge or along the river bank and the walking path to the south of the bridge. The bat colony can be especially vivid against the dusk sky from the bank on the south-east side.