Typically the best time to witness the thousands of bats flying from the Congress Avenue Bridge is sometime just after sunset between early March and late September (if an early code snap hasn't occurred).
Don't Forget to Allocate Parking Time
Because there is truly no set flight schedule for the bats, we often recommend allocating at least a two window of expectancy to see the bats fly. Do plan accordingly, allowing enough time to park and commute to the bridge either via walking, cycling, scootering, or using a pedicab. Review our parking page should you need parking suggestions.
Bat Watching from Congress Bridge and Statesman Bat Observation Center
Local bat enthusiasts and watchers, as well as tourists, often gather on the east side of the Congress Bridge and below the it at the Statesman Bat Observation Center along the hike and bike trail and adjacent grassy areaMost people tend to arrive at both areas roughly 30-45 minutes prior to the sunsetting and only a few, mostly young adults in their 20s and 30s, remain one hour later to close out the night.
Night Out On The Town
In addition, if you desire to create the perfect date night for that special person, then the P6 Patio at The Line Hotel is the perfect ambience, covered-outdoor fine dining, and one of the best views of overlooking the Congress Bridge. Watch the bats from the while dining in the covered patio or take a short 20-30 yard adjacent stroll over to Congress Bridge.