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University of Florida Bat House

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Address: Museum Road, Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone Number: (352) 846-0643
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The UF Bat House is really unlike anything I've seen before. There are two side-by-side bat houses in a grassy field with wildflowers with plenty of parking and a sidewalk and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Virginia Beach, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The UF Bat House is really unlike anything I've seen before. There are two side-by-side bat houses in a grassy field with wildflowers with plenty of parking and a sidewalk and fence running along the outside. Most people watch from the sidewalk and along the fence. Once it hits dusk, the bats slowly start to come out one-by-one followed soon... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very interesting and amazing experience! I never thought I would enjoy seeing bats take flight, but it is awesome.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A unique experience to do in the evening. We looked up dusk time and arrived about 30 minutes before. There was a small parking lot by the bat houses. People were standing waiting by the fence and others across the street on picnic tables. We didn't have long to wait until we saw the bats stream out of the bat... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fascinating event to witness when all of the bats come streaming out, although it was tough seeing the hawk fly up and snag the bats. Be sure to cross the street to Lake Alice to see the bats snacking on the insects and swooping along the water.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Go there in the evening hours just before dark, thousands of bats fly out for their evening meal. These small bats leave in a big swarm rising in the air like a black cloud. It is quite something to watch.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I've been told the bat house is awesome to watch at dusk as the bats fill the sky but I was extremely disappointed when I went. The bats came out one by one slowly and there was a minute or two in between each bat coming out. It also smells terrible because of all the bats pooping as they fly... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I'd recommend bringing some drinks/snacks to the shaded picnic area across the street from the bat houses and on the shores of Lake Alice prior to dusk. The kids enjoyed running around a bit and tossing rocks into the lake. Bats took flight just after sunset as the final colors were fading from the sky. Pretty amazing sight. We also... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We watched the bats leave the bat house at dusk. What a sight. Thousands of bats waking up from a good days sleep.

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very cool thing to experience! If you haven't witnessed the big black ribbon of bats emerging into the evening air then you are missing out. A must see!

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gainesville, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a free activity. Parking is just south of the bat house or right across the street if you get there early. Early means about 45 minutes before dusk. Once dusk hits the site is amazing. Just when you think that no more bats can come out of the bat house there are hundreds more. There is a stand... More 

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Address: Museum Road, Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone Number: (352) 846-0643
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville

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