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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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Wow!! What a great place to take guests, family and friends. My favorite place in Gainesville. Plus it's on University of Florida campus, so you can see even more. Try it, you'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
RhondaSamplesBelcher
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Wow!! What a great place to take guests, family and friends. My favorite place in Gainesville. Plus it's on University of Florida campus, so you can see even more. Try it, you'll love it!!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Who wouldn't want to see hundreds of bats pouring out of a bat house all at once every night! This is something that is so cool to watch!!! Sponsored by Dos Equis, considering that beer brand's mascot is a bat.

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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Actually this is interesting if you have never seen many thousands of bats leaving their house at dusk in search of insects. It does draw quite a crowd and the parking can be a bit tricky. Several things that surprised me: 1. they don't all come out at once, they kind of trickle out for the first 20 minutes or... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Don't need to trek across the country to see something so cool! It's right here in Florida. Pick a warm night (for more bats), video works better than a still camera. Have a hat. Enjoy the experience.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

if you find yourself visiting the University of Florida, you will not want to miss being at the University's Bat House at least once during a stay in Gainesville. Just before dusk, you should stop by the Bat House, which is located on Museum Road just across from Lake Alice. The House, filled with about 100,000 Brazilian Free-tailed Bats explodes... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Bring bug spray for your body, because the bugs come out until the bats do, but watching them come out in a group is so amazing! Come early if you want a seat on the bench.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Bat House is a good place to visit at dusk on a pleasant evening. The sight of the huge flock of bats leaving for a night of eating mosquitoes is impressive.

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Lisbon, New Hampshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

you could hear then squeaking...that's about all. I guess it must be better at dusk otherwise it wouldn't be on the list of attractions at all.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took our grand kids here. We first went across the street to look at the turtles and alligators in Lake Alice while it was getting dark. Once we hit dusk, the bats started spiraling out of the houses. The kids loved watching this display. Months later they still talked about and wanted to return. That says it all!

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love bats and what they do for our environment. We visited on a very cold night, so we knew we probably wouldn't see many emerge from the bat houses. A couple hundred came out and it was pretty neat to see them buzzing around the trees and heading to the lake for bugs. We'll come back another time when... More 

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