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University of Florida Bat House

Museum Road, Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 846-0643
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Ranked #8 of 20 attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Gainesville FL
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Watching the bats emerge from their house into the evening sky is a daily event on the UF campus. People will begin to gather about 30 minutes before sundown, positioning themselves near the front of the bat house (not in any way related to Bruce Wayne!). Just before the night sky is fulfilled the bats emerge, heading out over Lake... More

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went to Bat House thinking there would be a few hundred bats and it would be interesting to see but I was so wrong! This place was amazing! Thousands and thousands of bats swarming over your head, flying all around you in the sunset, it was amazing! If I ever come back to Gainesville I will make this a... More

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Port Saint Lucie
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Went 8/11. Arrived at 815p, bats came out approx 820p. Parked in lot and sat on car...many lined the fence. Bats flew directly over the car lot! Lasted a few minutes. Interesting. If going, check sunset time...they depart just after.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We took my 20 month old daughter to see the bats. They came out around 845 (Aug 2014). The area was a great place to walk around and see other bits of nature. My daughter loved looking at the birds, alligator, and turtles. I would definitely go back to the area, but would make sure to bring bug spray. There... More

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Williston, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A very neat experience that is unique to Gainesville and the University of Florida. Across the street from the Bat House is Lake Alice and also a unique experience to see alligators especially at night.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I never went as a student but we took our animal loving daughter to see the bats on her first visit and we now go every visit! Bats at nocturnal so get there at sunset and watch as thousands of bats fly out of the houses. It smells kinda funky and there is a bit of a circle of life... More

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Orlando, Florida
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242 reviews 242 reviews
33 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

People start lining up along side the fence about 45 minutes before sunset waiting for the bats to emerge. The University of Florida has two elevated barns about the size of backyard storage sheds located in a fenced in field across from Lake Alice. Every evening at sunset, like clockwork, the bats come pouring out of these little barns by... More

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Sanford, North Carolina
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45 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Want to watch a million (not sure of real number) bats fly out of their house for their nightly hunt? Tonight they came out about 8:40. We arrived about 8:20 so wait was too long, it was more exciting. The bat houses are a good 50 feet off the road behind chain link fence. The crowd gathers between lake Alice... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In Gainesville with family and a friend had suggested we check out the bats emerging at dusk. Not hard to find, got a parking spot and were there early so had to wait. Walked around the student gardens adjacent to the bat houses and got a nice whiff of the guano. Took a seat on a bench and waited along... More

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Seymour
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15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I would say that this is one thing you should definitely see once in your life. To watch 400,000 bats seemingly come to live almost perfectly on que right after sunset regardless of clouds, rain, etc. And to top it off, there is a nice lake right across the street.

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