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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 19 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Orlando, FL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

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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Guarulhos
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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52 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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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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