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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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GO BATTY!

Go at Dusk and be amazed! People quietly gather and wait for this dramatic exodus as the sun sets...

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Pompano Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Go at Dusk and be amazed! People quietly gather and wait for this dramatic exodus as the sun sets...

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It looks like nothing during the day, but show up 10 minutes before sundown and you will see people start to come in droves. As soon as sun down starts and not a minute before (check the exact time and right to the second like a clock) one or two... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If you have never experienced this, it is a must do in Gainesville. In 1990 they Universaity built two large bat houses to relocate bats from the sports facilities. At sunset or just before, thousands of bats leave the houses to find food ... ALL AT ONCE. There are three different types of bats in the houses but they all... More 

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Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We waited to see them for over two hours hoping the rain would stop but it didn't....the houses are really cool and we are going to go back up to Gainesville again to see them.

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

You may never have the chance to experience thousands of bats setting off for the night hunt like this again. Free, easy to access, do it! Google what time sunset is and show up ten minutes before that, no more. You'll most likely be waiting for a bit anyway. The bats tend not to act on our whims.

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It was fun, a lot smelly though.. :) Lot of people showed up to watch... Thousands and thousands of bats in those little structures just filled the sky.. Fascinating to see...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I can't believe I lived in Gainesville for ten years before I even heard of this place. It is almost suspenseful waiting for the bats to come out of their house. If you have children, they will love it!

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

very cool to see the bats come out at night! go around dusk and they all fly out around the same time. I had never experienced something like this before, definitely something to see at least once!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

this may not look like much but it is really cool . before the sun goes down the osprey and hawks start to lurk about the bats send afew out to distract them and then wow in a few minutes hundreds of bats come out all the while the birds of prey get there meals .. bring a umbrella with... More 

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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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