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University of Florida Bat House

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We actually visit the bat houses at dusk often. It is a fascination I don't think we will ever... read more

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One of a kind experience. Very interesting! The bats come out at sunset, and fly around in sort of... read more

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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...more
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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
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All reviews lake alice across the street every evening sun goes down unique experience black cloud mid air an umbrella cool experience wear a hat bring bug spray all ages dusk thousands swarm nightly hawks
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Reviewed yesterday

We actually visit the bat houses at dusk often. It is a fascination I don't think we will ever outgrow. Something in the anticipation of the wait, then that first small dot flying out of one of the houses, then a few, then clouds of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of a kind experience. Very interesting! The bats come out at sunset, and fly around in sort of flocks in beautiful patterns. I'd recommend to get there a little earlier, since finding a parking spot might be a bit tricky.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank irinkaflorida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bats bats and more bats. Great Garden with Banana trees. Watch out for Gators at night. Go see the Gators during the day and the Bats at night.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank twinboytravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a cool experience. There are so many bats. It’s incredible. The bats are high in the sky. But, there are hundreds of thousands of them. They fly is a pack.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephaniepuentew2018
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Across the road from Lake Alice, thousands of bats stream it off three bat houses, every evening. It is a truly impressive sight (and smell). Get there a bit early to park, and then wait at the fence--they come out a few at a time,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Pamela G
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Go before sunrise and the bats come streaming out. If you get there earlier, you can walk around Lake Alice right across the street (watch out for gators). Not a bad idea to bring a hat or a rain poncho since the bats have been...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to stop and stretch out legs and check the huge bat houses out on our way back home from Orlando. The bat houses are unique and are interesting. We parked at a parking lot below the bat houses. We walked to the bat...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Terrie C
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Wow, very interesting. Definitely worth visiting and also walking the trail across the street at Lake Alice and the Baughman Center. It wonderful you can visit so much in one area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 906michellea
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2018

Hello Michelle, Thanks for your review and we're pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience! Kind regards, Paul R

Reviewed 20 August 2018

This in one of the more odd attractions in Gainesville but is worth seeing. The bat houses are located across from Lake Alice and at dusk every day, the bats come flying out to feed on mosquitoes and other flying insects near the lake. One...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank shuto3
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We took our 9 & 13 year old grandchildren to witness the emerging of the bats. What an AWESOME sight. About 10 to 15 minutes after sunset the bats swarm out of their bat houses. The sky is black as they fly out. Across the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Tom F
15 June 2018|
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
Patrick W
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
11 June 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
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.