Congress Bridge Bats

Congress-Avenue-Bridge-and-the-bats,-Austin1 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. These Mexican free-tailed bats hide out under the Ann W. Richards Congress Bridge, waiting to take flight during the summer months at dusk. For the best seats in the house, go early to the Austin-American Statesmen parking lot and plot a blanket in your chosen spot in the grass. For updates and approximate emergence times, please call Bat Conservation International’s home office number 512-327-9721. Free public parking is available after 6pm. Free parking is available at the Texas Dept. of Transportation parking lot, located at 200 E. Riverside Drive, after 6 pm and on weekends.

McNeil Bridge Bats

l601 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX 78664

From March through November, near dusk underneath the Interstate 35 overpass at McNeil Road in Round Rock, about 10 miles south of Georgetown, you can enjoy a batty night of fun with the Round Rock Bats. Do show up early, and bring bring your blankets, covers, and a hat or some other head covering. And remember, never attempt to handle or capture bats at any time. There is available free parking located near this location.  For more bat watching locations and proper etiquettes, please read Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Publication on Bat-Watching Sites of Texas.

 

 

Walburg Mercantile Restaurant and Biergarten

(512) 863-8440
3777 FM 972
walburgrestaurant.com

The Walburg Restaurant brings you a truly authentic German experience in dining and entertainment. Their chefs continue the legacy of German cuisine from Bavarian heritage.  The 1882 vintage structure seats over 250 which easily accommodates large parties. Just behind this antique dining establishment, nestled in oak trees, is a Biergarten including a large open tent with two stages for live entertainment.  This area also includes an open picnic area, outdoor bar and kitchen and arcade for the kids.  All together, the beirgarten can hold over 800+ people.  Check the website for live bands and specials!

 

The Vineyard at Florence

8711 FM 487, Florence, Tx 76527
(254) 793-3114
thevineyardatflorence.com

The Vineyard is a destination for weddings and bridal parties, corporate retreats and private functions.  They offer indoor and outdoor spaces for events, including rental villas and tower.  Experience luxurious relaxation at their spa and then enjoy a delicious lunch offered by their cafe. Check out their website for directions, classes, and entertainment!

Vanishing Texas River Cruise

(800) 474-8374
www.vtrc.com

The Vanishing Texas River Cruise is the premier ecological tour of central Texas. You’ll take a 2-hour cruise on a 150 passenger, three-deck excursion vessel through the scenic wilderness along the historic Colorado River Canyon. You’ll cruise past beautiful waterfalls and sheer cliffs. Wildlife viewing and birding are spectacular. Check out their many cruise options.

 

 

Salado

salado.com
(254) 947-8634

Salado is a charming old town located just 20 miles North of Georgetown on I35. In the early 1800s it was a frequent stopping point on the cool spring fed Salado Creek for Indians, Spanish, and Mexican travelers. In the mid 1800s it became an Overland Stage and Pony Express stop on the Chisholm Trail. Today the Stagecoach Inn marks the spot with a Texas historical medallion. The nearby homes and mansions have become a shopping mecca with art, antique, specialty shops and restaurants. Art fairs and plays provide frequent entertainment.