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University of Florida Bat House

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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
+1 352-273-2054
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Worth the time

Fascinating to see. Show up about 20 minutes before dusk to get yourself a spot to observe from... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wilma B
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A sight to see

It is definitely worth seeing the tens of thousands of bats emerging from the bat houses at dusk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gatorben
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The University of Florida Bat Houses are the world's largest occupied bat houses with an estimated population of 500,000. The structures are located on the north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice on the UF campus. Parking is available in a lot just west of the houses near Radio Road or across Museum Road near the Baughman Center. A UF parking decal is required Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and on weekends and state holidays. The bats normally emerge 10 to 15 minutes after sunset before total darkness when temperatures are 65 F or higher. High winds, heavy rain or cold temperatures will keep the bats inside for the evening. On warm winter evenings, the bats may come out for a drink of water at the lake and exercise; however they can eat only when bugs are flying.
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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fascinating to see. Show up about 20 minutes before dusk to get yourself a spot to observe from. There will be numerous others, equally interested. It was interesting to watch as the bats started to come out slowly, here and there. Then literally 1000's emerge...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is definitely worth seeing the tens of thousands of bats emerging from the bat houses at dusk. It is truly a remarkable spectacle. The bats stream out of the houses and disperse throughout Gainesville. There are always a lot of folks there to watch...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi gatorben, Thanks for the review and we’re glad to hear you enjoy seeing the bats emerge from the UF houses. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the bat houses very easy to find and parking close by, arriving way to early the bat emerge just after sunset but the weather and temperature can effect if they emerge (they don’t like strong wind or temperatures below 65F) to pass the...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi nuttyaboutflorida, Thanks for your review and we’re glad to hear you enjoyed the experience. We hope you are able to visit again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect dusk activity- the parking fills up if the weather is nice so get there early! As dusk settles thousands of bats come streaming out of the bat houses, filling the skies all around you. An awesome spectacle to see. they stream out over...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi gypsygallisa, Thanks for commenting and we're glad you enjoyed the evening emergence. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visitor Tips: -You don't have to arrive before sundown! The bats take their time coming out (45 minutes after sundown when we went) and the area does not get very crowded. -Get close to the houses. There is a fence around the area that visitors...More

Thank Victoria S
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The bat house is a bit of an attraction at dusk on pleasant evening. The bats swarm out to catch their bugs. Any other time, it is just a bat house.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This is awesome that UF built this for the bats. Trying to figure out how to do this at my own home. They're fabulous mammals and contribute greatly to our environment! Kudos U of F!

1  Thank Suzanne W
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

My wife and I were taken to see the bat houses as a surprise, not being aware that bat houses were popular. We watched in amazement as, when dusk approached, swarms of bats flew out an d enveloped the area. Some people put up umbrellas...More

3  Thank Ernest S
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

I saw more bats than I expected! The better view is closer to the last house on the right. Parking is very limited. The area around the conservatory is beautiful, and Alice Lake is worth a visit as well.

2  Thank Teila B
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Unlike some venues performances, these performers won't wait around for everyone to be seated. Get there at least 15 minutes before dusk and watch the people - and the bats. It's quite a show.

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Tom F
15 June 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hi Tom, While there could be many possible explanations, it’s likely it was a maternity colony that left after the pups were ready to fly. It will be interesting to see if others move in before next spring or if they come... More
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Ziggybob8810
29 September 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hello, Yes, the bats emerge year-round as long as there isn't a really bad storm and the temperature is at least around 65 degrees. There are typically fewer bats during the winter months. Keep in mind they feed on... More
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TravelingfromPace
11 June 2017|
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The bat houses are outside on the UF campus, and pets on leashes are permitted. The viewing area is right on Museum Road, so having pets on a leash is definitely a good idea.
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