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South Congress Austin (also referred to as “SoCo” by the locals) is a neighborhood located on South Congress Avenue in Austin. It is also a nationally known shopping and cultural district famous for its many eclectic small retailers, restaurants, music, art venues and, more recently, food trailers. Since its humble beginnings in the 1850s, South Congress Avenue has been transformed from a rural country road to the capital city gateway and, finally, to the vibrant shopping district that it is today. Many Austinites attribute its enduring popularity to the magnificent and unobstructed view of the Texas State Capitol.
The Congress Avenue Bridge crosses over Lady Bird Lake and is home to the world's largest urban bat colony, which is composed of Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Consevation International between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer. Since Austin's human population is about 900,000, there are sometimes more bats than people in Austin during summer. The nightly emergence of the bats from underneath the bridge at dusk, and their flight across Lady Bird Lake primarily to the east, to feed themselves, attracts as many as 100,000 tourists annually. Tourists can see the bats from the bridge, from the sides of the river and from boats.
Zilker Park is a recreational area in the heart of south central Austin (near Barton Springs Pool and Lady Bird Lake) that comprises over 350 acres. The park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park. The large size of the park makes it a capable venue for large scale events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Zilker Park Kite Festival.
Barton Springs Pool is located within Zilker Park's 358 acres. The pool measures approx. three (3) acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.
The SoCo area is home to famous eateries like Hill's Café, Magnolia Café, Kerby Lane Café, Shady Grove, Sandy's & so much more.