Bats in Round Rock

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If you have ever driven IH-35 in Round Rock around dusk, you may have encountered this big cloud of flying objects – kinda reminiscent of the Smoke Monster from Lost (yes, I LOVED that show).  These are the bats of Round Rock.  They are mesmerizing and beautiful and I always get caught watching them and not the road.  I’m actually amazed that our cloud of bats doesn’t cause accidents, they are that distracting.

We have our own unique colony of bats that is just as fun to watch (maybe even better) than the famous bats of the Congress Ave. Bridge a few miles south of us.  In recent years, I always suggest watching our bats take flight over the hassles of going down to Austin.  In fact, the Round Rock Bats are quickly becoming a popular attraction for our city.
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These Mexican Free-tailed bats can be seen from March – November, emerging at dusk from under the McNeil Overpass Bridge, to eat tons and tons of insects.  The bats stay out for a long time, making the trip to see them well worth it.  

Tips to see the Bats in Round Rock

  • Best seen at dusk, March thru November
  • Park in the Napa Auto Parts Store parking lot (I called to verify and the store would prefer that you come after business hours to park in their lot, which is 7 PM.)
  • Bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn of the Napa Auto Parts (They are fine with that)
  • Watch your little ones – it is still a busy intersection
  • Don’t go under the underpass to see them – respect their “home” plus you’d be in traffic


2 thoughts on “Bats in Round Rock

  • April 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

    On Friday nights (usually April-October), the Goodwater Master Naturalists are at Napa Auto Parts. They are there to educate the community about our local bat colony and can share lots of great info! I believe they sometimes also provide bat-related activities for kids, but I’m not 100% sure about that. If you’re planning on going out to go watch the bats and would like to ask questions and learn about them, go on a Friday evening!

  • April 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for these tips!

    It’s also good to remember to NEVER touch a downed bat. A downed bat is a sick bat, and they can carry rabies. If you see a downed bat, keep people away from it and notify animal control. Educate children about this, too.


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