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University of Florida Bat House

Museum Road, Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 846-0643
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Sanford, North Carolina
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123 reviews 123 reviews
45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Want to watch a million (not sure of real number) bats fly out of their house for their nightly hunt? Tonight they came out about 8:40. We arrived about 8:20 so wait was too long, it was more exciting. The bat houses are a good 50 feet off the road behind chain link fence. The crowd gathers between lake Alice... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

In Gainesville with family and a friend had suggested we check out the bats emerging at dusk. Not hard to find, got a parking spot and were there early so had to wait. Walked around the student gardens adjacent to the bat houses and got a nice whiff of the guano. Took a seat on a bench and waited along... More

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Seymour
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I would say that this is one thing you should definitely see once in your life. To watch 400,000 bats seemingly come to live almost perfectly on que right after sunset regardless of clouds, rain, etc. And to top it off, there is a nice lake right across the street.

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Fort White, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lots of close by parking or walk up on the nature trail. This display was a genius fix for attracting bats away from Universities sports venues and creating a nature attraction. It's hard to believe that many bats live in our area. It is cool to see them fly out and go about their business. But, they must look out... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very unique experience! The bat houses are beautiful and much larger than we expected. We dropped by just after sunset and about 20 minutes later the real fun began. After much anticipation the large crowd was in awe as bats came swarming out. We've never seen anything like it! There is a large sidewalk area to stand and observe and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

When UF tore down an old building, they dislodged a bat colony - who promptly moved into the sports stadium. This unnerved UF sports fans, so UF built the bats their own house! Later they added a barn, and today the two structures house over a quarter-million bats. Each evening, just after dusk, one or two make a reconnaissance flight... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Alligators in the lake, turtles swimming, and bats. .... must be there evening time. Nice place. Very hot in summer time.

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Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Located on the UF campus, this is a very interesting place to visit. Have been several times but this last time, a UF student (vet science) was there and was telling those gathered various "bat facts" and history of the UF Bat House. Doubt he is there all the time but we found this really added to the experience.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great fantastic site for anyone. There is a smell but just because there is a huge number of bats. Please stop by here in ha Gainesville, great nature visit without actually getting too into nature... photographs aren't that good but the experience is one you keep forever.

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was amazing to see 300,000 bats come pouring out of the bat houses, just at dusk. We had our friends from California with us, and we were in awe. Everybody should go and visit.

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