Events & Bat Viewing Sites

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Bat Viewing Destinations

Bats are found throughout the world, on all continents except Antarctica. Bats live in forests and woodlands, in the cracks and crevices of stone cliffs, and underground in caves and abandoned mines. Bats also live in urban settings too, in buildings and under bridges. Bats also roost in our backyards and neighborhoods, in hollowed-out trees and under eaves, shingles, and siding.

Watch for bats in your backyard, under streetlights, and near water sources. Click on this map to find bat viewing sites near you.

Orient Mine

Near Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.

Ghost-town mine becomes a vibrant migratory roost for a quarter-million bats.

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Bat Viewing Site. Old Tunnel. Texas.

Old Tunnel

Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S.

One historic railroad tunnel. Three million migratory bats.

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Nickajack Cave

Near Chatanooga, Tennessee, U.S.

Uniquely, this bat-viewing destination is best experienced from a kayak, canoe, or paddle board.

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Monfort Bat Cave

Samal Island, Davao, Philippines

An island resort paradise for humans and two million fruit bats.

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Millie Hill Mine

Iron Mountain, Michigan, U.S.

Finding this bat-viewing site is part of the bat-viewing adventure.

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Mabul Island Palau Mabul

Mabul Island, Malaysia

Mabul Island is home to many Borneo Large Flying Foxes

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La Gruta de Quintero

Quintero, in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico

This bat destination holds important clues to year-round behaviors of migrating bats.

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Bat viewing sites, international

Kasanka National Park

Zambia, Africa

One of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles with millions of migrating straw-colored bats

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Eckhert James River bat-viewing destination.

Eckhert James River Bat Cave

Mason, Texas, U.S.

Historic ranch with limestone cave that seasonally shelters a maternity colony of migrating bats.

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Hartman’s Cave

Cherry Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania, U.S.

This cave is currently closed and close-up proximity to the cave is restricted. Read why.

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Gomatong Caves

Sabah on the Island of Borneo

On the island of Borneo, bats and cave swiftlets share a series of limestone caves and conservation challenges.

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Bat Viewing Site. Frio Cave. Texas.

Frio Cave

Concan, Texas, U.S.

Look for circle-of-life drama in the night skies.

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Devil's Sinkhole bat-viewing destination.

Devil’s Sinkhole

Near Rocksprings, Texas, U.S.

If you think the name is thrilling, just wait to watch millions of bats emerge from this natural geologic wonder.

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Congress Avenue Bridge - Red Sunset.

Congress Avenue Bridge

Austin, Texas, U.S.

Viewing the largest urban colony of bats in “Bat City” is a part of Austin’s culture.

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Bats and moon through infrared photography.

Clarity Tunnel

Quitaque, Texas, U.S.

An abandoned historic railroad tunnel offers an insiders peek at roosting bats plus the wonders of bats in flight.

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Bat viewing site. Carlsbad Cavern. New Mexico. Cave formations.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Stalagmites, stalactites, and spectacular bat flight programs in a national park haven for bats.

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BCI's Bracken Cave Preserve, Jonathan Alonzo

Bracken Cave Preserve

North of San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Visitors experience a “batnado” (rhymes with tornado) as millions of bats swirl upward into the darkening sky.

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Bat Viewing Site. Bear Gulch at Pinnacles National Park. California.

Bear Gulch Cave

Pinnacles National Park, California, U.S.

Walk through a bat cave, home to a breeding colony of bats.

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Naracoorte Bat Cave

Naracoorte, Australia

Largest breeding colony of Southern bentwing bats located in Naracoorte Caves National Park

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a tricolored bat in flight

Adventure Mine

Greenland, Michigan, U.S.

Tours of a historic copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provide important messages about bat conservation.

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Yolo Basin

Near Sacramento, California, U.S.

A wetlands causeway becomes the perfect roost for migrating bats to stage a nightly “flyout.”

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WYANDOTTE CAVE (INDIANA)

Wyandotte Caves

Near Leavenworth, Indiana, U.S.

During summer months, explore an active bat cave where Endangered Indiana bats shelter for the winter.

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Waugh Drive Bridge

Houston, Texas, U.S.

Urban bat viewing? How about bats over a bayou with Houston’s skyline as the backdrop?

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Wat Khao Wongkhot Temple

North of Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Visitors to a sacred historic temple witness nightly flights of a million or more bats.

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University of Florida Bat Houses

Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

College campus with more than 400,000 “resident bats”

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Stuart Bat Cave

Near Brackettville, Texas, U.S.

This cave has a story of almost losing its migratory maternity bat colony – a story of restoration and rebirth.

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Selman Cave

Between Freedom and Woodward, Oklahoma, U.S.

Considered a “living laboratory,” Selman bat cave is one of the largest known bat hibernation sites in Oklahoma.

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Sauta Cave

Near Scottsboro, Alabama, U.S.

Witness hundreds of thousands of gray bats in night flights east of the Mississippi.

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Pura Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

Klungkung, Bali

Located near Klungkung Bali

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Pemba Island

Tanzania, Africa

Hard-to-find African island bat sanctuary with thousands of mega-size flying foxes

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Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world’s largest bat colony and one of the largest concentrations of mammals on Earth. The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.

During the summer months, guests can expect to see a tornado of bats from rustic wooden benches in beautiful Texas hill country.

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