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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 19 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Weston, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
39 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I had to be dragged to see the bat house. It is very hot, humid and the mosquitos are very hungry in Gainesville. But what an incredible sight! They come out in never ending drove, one house then the other. The hawks are there, perched on the fence, waiting for the buffet to start. It was spectacular to see them... More

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Gainesville FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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