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?
BAT HOUSES DESIGNED WITH THE BATS' COMFORT IN MIND
Meet the Elf-Bats
The Austin Batworks Elf-Bats love to come up with fun ideas to celebrate Austin’s legendary urban bat colony, the largest on the planet. Although the colony under the Congress Avenue Bridge is made up of Free-tails, the Elf-Bats fly in from all over the world to visit and make uniquely batty gifts. These little artisans make all of their products with 100% joy.
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!