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 cold snap hasn't occurred).
Don't Forget to Allocate Parking Time
Because there is truly no set flight schedule for the bats, it's often recommended to allocate at least a two window of expectancy to see the bats fly. Do plan accordingly. Allow adequate time to park and commute to the bridge either via walking, cycling, scootering, or using a pedicab. Review our parking page for 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. They also gather below the bridge at the Statesman Bat Observation Center in the grassy area along the adjacent hike and bike trail. Most people 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 With Fine Dining and Bat Watching
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 ambiance for covered-outdoor fine dining. P6 offers one of the best views of overlooking the Congress Avenue Bridge. Watch the bats while dining in the covered patio area, or take a short 20-30 yard adjacent stroll over to Congress Avenue Bridge.