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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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Who would have thought that waiting for a bunch of bats to fly out of a bat house at dusk would be fun? Well it is. It was something we'd never seen before and we enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Ellisville, Missouri
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Ellisville, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Who would have thought that waiting for a bunch of bats to fly out of a bat house at dusk would be fun? Well it is. It was something we'd never seen before and we enjoyed it. It was made even better by a biology major from the university who was there and sharing information about the bats and the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Just go! It will totally surprise you! You will even see haws swoop down and pick off the bats in mid air. (But that's not the best part)

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Central Europe
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great show of the bats flying out at dusk. Watch for raptors waiting in the surrounding trees to attack them. Pond across street has gators, turtles, and wading birds. Parking is a bit tight but there is a small lot east of the bat house labeled "UF Gardens" that can be used without UF badges in the evening.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

I have been here twice and never ceases to awe me. 300k bats fly out in a constant stream for over 15 minutes so. Very family friendly with kids around shrieking in joy. For a little bit more excitement, several raptors perch in trees around the house and will pluck the bats out of the air. Lake Alice is across... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Young or old will love this experience. Make sue to arrive BEFOREHAND sunset to get the full experience.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This was really cool to see. There is a hawk there. And it waits . As the bats start out , the hawk swoops down and grabs a bat. And it returns a few times for its meal. It was worth waiting for.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My hubby & I brought our 8-yr-old & 12-yr-old nephews to GSVL to watch a night baseball game and had some time to spare so we took them to The Bat House. It was a weekend, so we parked close by at the Baby Gators Daycare where parking restrictions were lifted. Arrive about a half hour before dusk to walk... More 

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gnv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We take all of our visits here for a sunset view of all the bats leaving the bathouse. It is right next to a lake. Come early and stroll around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Seeing the bats fly at dusk is not to be missed if timing works out for you. This is definitely not something you can see just anywhere and is part of the local Gville culture.

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Nuevo Vallarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Go before dusk as there can be a crowd. You can sit on the fence & watch the bats come out to eat. If you have blonde hair or are wearing white if seems to attract them to fly past you more. Really fun for the kids to see

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