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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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Holy Batman!! Free, Fun & Family Friendly Activity

My hubby & I brought our 8-yr-old & 12-yr-old nephews to GSVL to watch a night baseball game and had some time to spare so we took them to The Bat House. It was a weekend, so we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My hubby & I brought our 8-yr-old & 12-yr-old nephews to GSVL to watch a night baseball game and had some time to spare so we took them to The Bat House. It was a weekend, so we parked close by at the Baby Gators Daycare where parking restrictions were lifted. Arrive about a half hour before dusk to walk... More 

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gnv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We take all of our visits here for a sunset view of all the bats leaving the bathouse. It is right next to a lake. Come early and stroll around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Seeing the bats fly at dusk is not to be missed if timing works out for you. This is definitely not something you can see just anywhere and is part of the local Gville culture.

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Nuevo Vallarta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Go before dusk as there can be a crowd. You can sit on the fence & watch the bats come out to eat. If you have blonde hair or are wearing white if seems to attract them to fly past you more. Really fun for the kids to see

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

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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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
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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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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