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University of Florida Bat House

Museum Road, Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 846-0643
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We love going to watch the bats fly out into the twilight. This is something we do every time we visit Gainesville because its just that neat. Rumor has it that there are over 40,000 bats in those homes. Before the bat show, walk over to Lake Alice and check out the Florida Gators!

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Gainesville, florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went about 3 weeks ago and it was so incredible. Lake Alice is directly across the street so you can park and walk on the shore until the bats start coming out. It is such a beautiful place to visit. Now..... The bats are not for the faint of heart. They stink and if you are under their flight path... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Mexican freetail bats that live in the bat houses exit every evening just after dusk to eat insects. Parking is sketchy, but the spectacle is well worth it. Great place for children of all ages. The bat exit lasts at least 30 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Want to control mosquitoes? The University of Florida has bat houses that are designed to give bats a safe and convenient place to roost. In return, they come out and night and eat thousands of mosquitoes.

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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went last night to watch the bats and it was unbelievable!! I think there must have been a million bats. They came out of the front and the back and then made a huge flock or streams as they made their way to the lake or wherever they feed. There were a few bats out before the houses emptied... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We went past it at night and you could hear and see the bats but what was more interesting was that there were still a few flying around in the early morning. Would have been cool to spend a couple of hours there but we were pressed for time. Definitely a cool place if you like bats though. And we... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It is an interesting place, you can see brazilian bats at evening. Also in the other side of the street there is the lake and if you are luck may see alligators!!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Most bat houses just don't work. The bats don't acclimate to them very well, but in this case, they certainly did! We take our out of town visitors here, and it's always an impressive sight. Not to mention, Lake Alice is pretty cool with the alligators and turtles swimming around everywhere. Great wildlife viewing experience.

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Taylorsville, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

If it's not cold they will come out I've been told. Of course it's very hot right now and they come out like clockwork. Pretty cool, but the smell...whoa! Then go across the street to the pond and see alligator, birds, wildlife.free show every night. Takes about 20- 30 minutes

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very cool to see millions, yes millions of bats fly out at the same time to seek food. The sheer number and knowing that they are all bats flying over you is really freaky, but such a cool experience.

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