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Come Hang at the Bat Booth!

Batty merchandise is available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily:
Austin Gift Company
4211 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite A-19
Austin, TX 78741

About Austin's Legendary Bat Colony

Nestled in the crevices under Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge live as many as 1.5 million Brazilian Free-tailed bats. Dr. Merlin Tuttle has spent his lifetime studying bats and offers his personal advice for viewing Austin's favorite neighbors at https://www.austinbats.org/. Learn more about Austin's bats by watching this short video.

Not only do the bats inspire us and our visitors, it seems there's no end to the ways in which artists depict this unique mammal. We celebrate Austin’s legendary bat colony by offering up a bevy of bat-themed items, including bat houses, batwear, batstuff and more.

Did you know that bats are the only mammals capable of true flight?


Pole mounted black bat house against blue sky

About Our Bat Houses

We offer five bat house models, all certified by Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation (MTBC). MTBC certification affirms that the design, materials, construction and instructions meet quality standards.

Visit our certifier's website

Four color blocks representing our recommended colors

Selecting a Color

The success of your bat house depends on a number of factors, including exterior color. Years of research conducted by Dr. Merlin Tuttle confirms that painted or stained houses are "far more successful."

See color recommendations

Back of bat house with steel-to-wood adapter installed

Installing a Bat House

Single chambered bat houses are best installed on a home, barn, or other structure. Multi-chambered bat houses can go on a structure as well as a wooden post or steel pole.

Guides & preferred vendor

Five cartoon Elf-Bats positioned over a lush cartoon landscape

Meet the Elf-Bats

Find out when Austin's bats fly!

Austin Bat Refuge posts regular updates so you can plan your visit to the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. They track the approximate number of bats flying and detailed weather conditions. Click here to leave our website and go to theirs now!