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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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Marvelously "batty"

My son, a UF student, invited to join him in a wonderful experience. We traveled to the Bat House location. Oh, how spectacular when the swarm appeared. It was so exciting and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Maureen R
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son, a UF student, invited to join him in a wonderful experience. We traveled to the Bat House location. Oh, how spectacular when the swarm appeared. It was so exciting and exhilarating to see this spectacular nature display.

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Thank Maureen R
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These bat houses and the adjacent Lake Alice make for an especially accessible and unique campus experience. Our plans for a stroll through the University of Florida Reitz Union and grounds left us a bit underwhelmed. On the advice of our innkeeper at the delightful Laurel Oak Inn we persevered and made the hike to the bat houses just in... More 

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Thank Tony E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to get there before sunset. It is usually crowed. The bats slowly leave their house, one by one, as sunset is creeping in. Then they fly out together and blacken the sky It is really quite a sight. Hard to take pictures. I suppose you could video before it gets too dark.

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Thank Ellen C
Archer, Florida
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Ok, I understand the unique nature of this location. Thousands of bats call it home. Bats are good for the environment. All that is true, but the smell is horrific. I can't stand it. My family makes me go every time we have out of town guests.

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Thank ljgreen123
Pensacola, Florida
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475 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We have seen the houses several times when we have visited campus driving and walking around Lake Alice. Sometime I want to see them at dusk when the bats are more active.

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Thank Grover R
Westland, Michigan
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I stumbled on the Bat House site while doing a review on Trip Advisor. That very evening my husband and I drove over there - its about 15 minutes from our house. What a site! Bats have always amazed me. Then we walked over to Lake Alice and watched them fly into the darkness. We'll definitely go back from time... More 

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Thank Karen B
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

It always amazes me how many bats are in there! Bring an umbrella!! I love when the Hawks are hunting! I think the best time to go is in the spring/summer months. It doesn't seem to as dark as quick! Enjoy

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Thank cdautel
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

These little guys are having problems due to diseases which are deleting their populations everywhere. The bat houses were put up to allow easy access for biologists to study the bats. I was surprised by the amount of people that were there to enjoy them. Bring a folding chair and sit across the road from the railing. Binoculars won't help... More 

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Thank R K
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

It's pretty cool. All the bats come out right before dusk. There's a lot of them. You can also stroll around Lake Alice afterward to watch the sunset, which is right across the street.

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Thank angelfishlove
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Unfortunately when we visited it was a pretty steady rain and the info board does mention they might not take flight. We waited for about 40 minutes and just a few bats came out, so we have to visit again. I have heard it is a sight to behold and it’s best to be up-wind of the flight path as... More 

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