You Can Watch 20 Million Bats Emerge Into The Sky At This Preserve In San Antonio
Bracken Cave Preserve is unlike anything else!
Did you know bats are the entire reason we get to enjoy margaritas? Long story short, you can't have tequila without agave and you can't have agave without bats! If that doesn't make bats interesting to you, that's okay. These nocturnal mammals are super cool for a number of reasons and it turns out the largest bat colony in the world resides near the wonderful city of San Antonio. It's like they say, everything is bigger in Texas.
Bracken Cave Preserve is home to an estimated 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats from March to October. During this time of the year, groups of people are allowed to go on the property and experience what is called an emergence. All 20 million bats soar out from the cave which they've roosted in during the day and spiral through the sky for their nightly insect hunt. These emergences last for quite a while and are open to both members and non-members for the 2019 season.
To experience the emergence you must become a BCI (Bat Conservation International) member which is super quick and easy, and allows you to see the emergence for free on Evening Bat Flight nights. For the Adult Evening Bat Flight it's only $10 per person and is limted to 18 and up. Morning Flight Returns are also available so that you're able to see the bats return to roost. Whichever you choose to go to, you'll be leaving having experienced one of the rarest things in the world.
Their 2019 schedule is filling up fast, registering sooner rather than later is highly recommended! Not only will you see millions and millions of bats, but you'll also get to see albino bats, flying snakes, and massive birds out to get dinner as well. Make sure to bring the proper clothing as the cave is surrounded by nature that's not always nice with sandals and crops. When you arrive on the property, you'll be greeted by your friendly guide(s) that'll take you arround the site and teach you tons of fun information about the cave and more.
Bracken Cave Preserve
Price: Free or $10 per person
Address: 26101 FM3009, San Antonio, TX 78266
Why you need to go: The preserve offers a chance to experience something you can't any other place in the world! An emergence of roughly 20 million bats spiraling into the air is truly spectacular.
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