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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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It's cool to see the bats come out in droves when the sun is setting. You can hear them all squeaking. It's a bit difficult to take photos of them as they're coming out (you need... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It's cool to see the bats come out in droves when the sun is setting. You can hear them all squeaking. It's a bit difficult to take photos of them as they're coming out (you need good equipment for a good shot).

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Ormond Beach, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The owners of the Laurel Oak Inn recommneded that we see the bat release one night. Easy to find, plenty of parking spaces, & the anticipation was well worth it. Fun for young & old. Can't believe how many bats came out!

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St. Thomas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Although my girlfriend was creeped out but I loved it! Nothing says" I truly care for you babe" like taking your lil' lady to Lake Alice for Gator Gazing and Bat Banter... Its a MUST when in Hogtown. Go Gators,,,,! (and bats!

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Pensacola
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is the sort of thing that I would expect to see in a national geographic movie. It is amazing to see it up close. The smell is overpowering at times if the wind blows the wrong way. The gardens near the bat house were an added treat. UF rents these garden spaces, and many of the individual gardeners were... More 

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Ellisville, Missouri
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90 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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