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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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Bazillian Bats

Bazillian bats at dusk fly out of the bat houses nightly. Wow. Okay, that's about it. If you've... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
H3487AQmarya
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Gainesville, United States
Fun experience

It was first time to see this huge numbers of bats in the same time. They said there are... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Saud M
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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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Hours Today: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
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+1 352-273-2054
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Reviewed June 21, 2017

Bazillian bats at dusk fly out of the bat houses nightly. Wow. Okay, that's about it. If you've never gone, a must see. Lovely area across the street from Lake Alice on UF campus. But, if you've seen it once, you're probably good unless bringing...More

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Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

It was first time to see this huge numbers of bats in the same time. They said there are hundreds​of thousands of them. It was great experience.

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Reviewed June 10, 2017

We brought dinner and ate on the picnic tables nearby while we waited for the bats to emerge. It was fun seeing thousands of bats searching for their dinner of insects!

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Reviewed June 8, 2017

If you go to Gainesville, you have to make some time to participate in this UF tradition and witness thousand upon thousands of small bats leaving their habitat at dusk. This is an impressive sighting.

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Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

Park in the free public lot to the left of the bat houses walk back and wait until dusk at the fence. You only need watch 15 minutes as the clouds of bats swarm out. It is worth the wait. If you go late, you...More

2  Thank solomonknibb
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

This is a fun end to an evening. During twilight several hawks began to gather around the bat house (much like the humans). There is a subtle smell of bat guano surrounding the area adding to the mystique. A couple of people had umbrellas; although...More

2  Thank Wanderlust_at_dawn
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Reviewed May 24, 2017

This is an enjoyable visit at dusk and most any evening, it kind of becomes an event. Thousands of bats come out at dusk, starting with just a few but more and more. They are smaller than I expected them to be but sheer numbers...More

1  Thank Claudia P
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

You need to be there just before dusk. First one or two bats come out then more and more until they are streaming out in a huge black cloud. Each of the three bat houses seems to go in a different direction so you are...More

1  Thank Cataplasm
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

There is a Lake Alice across the road full of gators and turtles as well . But the best time to come here is when the sun goes down early . I had a great time but had to wait till almost 9 pm to...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2017

Fair warning - You may want to bring a handkerchief to cover your nose and mouth as the bats do let off a pretty crazy odor when they come out however dont let this stop you from checking out this amazing event. We came in...More

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Ziggybob8810
September 28, 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
June 11, 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.
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Beth C
May 21, 2016|
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Response from edneufl | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they come out every evening, right at dusk, so come a little early and wait around, they may have a different sense of dusk than yourself.
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