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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 17 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Bring bug spray for your body, because the bugs come out until the bats do, but watching them come out in a group is so amazing! Come early if you want a seat on the bench.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Bat House is a good place to visit at dusk on a pleasant evening. The sight of the huge flock of bats leaving for a night of eating mosquitoes is impressive.

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Lisbon, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

you could hear then squeaking...that's about all. I guess it must be better at dusk otherwise it wouldn't be on the list of attractions at all.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took our grand kids here. We first went across the street to look at the turtles and alligators in Lake Alice while it was getting dark. Once we hit dusk, the bats started spiraling out of the houses. The kids loved watching this display. Months later they still talked about and wanted to return. That says it all!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love bats and what they do for our environment. We visited on a very cold night, so we knew we probably wouldn't see many emerge from the bat houses. A couple hundred came out and it was pretty neat to see them buzzing around the trees and heading to the lake for bugs. We'll come back another time when... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is an old Gainesville attraction right across from Lake Alice. It is neat to watch the bats swarm out in the evening, but it does smell really awful near the Bat Houses. Def worth going once!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went during the wrong time of year. According to UF, there is 300,000-400,000 bats living in those houses. The first night we were there, they had no activity as it was too cold. The second night was much warmer and they may have had 250-300 bats...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We love going to watch the bats fly out into the twilight. This is something we do every time we visit Gainesville because its just that neat. Rumor has it that there are over 40,000 bats in those homes. Before the bat show, walk over to Lake Alice and check out the Florida Gators!

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Gainesville, florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went about 3 weeks ago and it was so incredible. Lake Alice is directly across the street so you can park and walk on the shore until the bats start coming out. It is such a beautiful place to visit. Now..... The bats are not for the faint of heart. They stink and if you are under their flight path... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Mexican freetail bats that live in the bat houses exit every evening just after dusk to eat insects. Parking is sketchy, but the spectacle is well worth it. Great place for children of all ages. The bat exit lasts at least 30 minutes.

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