Appropriate Age: Any age
Bats? You want to see 250,000 bats emerge from the Waugh Street Bridge? Are they scary bats? Are you sure? Okay fine, jump in the car. (That's my side of the conversation from Saturday night.)
At Waugh and Allen Parkway, there is a colony of about 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats living in the gaps under the Waugh Bridge. Each night, summer and winter, they emerge to eat insects. People can view the bats from the observation deck, the Waugh Bridge or the hillside.
I am not a big bat fan, but I am a big "see everything in Houston" advocate, so I took my kids to the Waugh Street Bridge Bat Colony at 8:00pm on Saturday night. We found a spot to park next to the Gus M. Wortham Memorial Fountain (just off of Allen Parkway) but many more free parking spots can be found at Spotts Park, located at 401 S. Heights Boulevard at Memorial Drive.
While we waited, the kids played on the grassy slope and observation deck. As the sun went down, many more people came to watch the event. Probably 50 people watched as the bats started to circle under the bridge.
After several minutes of this, they started to emerge in big groups, flying towards downtown.
Although the wait threatened to bore my kids, they did like watching the show. And it wasn't even scary for their mom. It was a little (or a lot) stinky and Joe and Brooke's only concern was that they would get bat potty on their heads.
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