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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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Fort White, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We just moved to Gainesville and this was a lot of fun to see after a long day of unpacking. And it was nice to see so many people there too! Just be careful where you stand.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a must not be missed place on the UF campus. We've gone by ourselves as well as have taken our extended family as well as visiting professors to UF. We've never disappointed any of them! This is especially enjoyed by young children. Adults always enjoy the experience on a different level, less of excitement and joy than the... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very interesting but a little creepy. It's hard to sit still when there are 100,000 bats flying over your head. No bugs though. :)

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