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Perky's Bat Tower

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Address: Mile Marker 17, Sugarloaf Key, Key West, FL

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Interesting history - should be preserved

An interesting stop on the way to or from Key West. It's a great shame that it isn't better signed from US1 and that it isn't being preserved. I guess hardly anyone is interested... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
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Florida Keys, Florida
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Florida Keys, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

An interesting stop on the way to or from Key West. It's a great shame that it isn't better signed from US1 and that it isn't being preserved. I guess hardly anyone is interested in history any more :-( I fear it's only a matter of time before it is vandalized or burned.clast time I stopped there were signed if... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Key West thinking it would be a good place to get out and stretch our legs. The tower was a bit challenging to find being at the end of an unmarked rock road and it was already dark out with no nearby lights. It had an eerie feeling so I just snapped a... More 

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Brook Park, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Agreed, a little weird, but worth the few minutes to see. We love "off the beaten path" finds, and this is one. I was nervous looking up from the bottom that bats would fly out! The structure itself is cool to see.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Like some of the other reviewers, we also like to find the unusual (and free) attractions and this fits the bill. Nothing much to look at and nothing to do but take a few photos, but the story behind it made us stop. It is hard to find, especially since the mile markers don't all have signs. Pay attention to... More 

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Lopez Island, Washington
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The "angry bird" at the top is an Osprey sitting in one of the largest, easily accessible Osprey nests you're going to find, anywhere. When we visited (Feb. 15, 2014), one adult was on the nest with a loud, vocalizing chick who popped its fuzzy head up now and then. The other parent flew in and dropped off a fish... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Hearing about this place on line, I decided to visit during our stay at Key West. Talk about creepy, this place is out in nowhere's ville. You keep waiting for the bat's to come out and attack you. Instead, it was just an angry bird nesting on the top who went nuts when I approached th tower to take a... More 

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

If you plan your travels with Roadside America's odd attractions in mind like me, then this moves up to 4+ stars. If you are actually normal, then the story and the structure are worth a short detour. You will spend more time making a u turn on Route 1 when you miss the road (in late 2013 this was near... More 

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Rock Hall, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Very unique structure, right off US Rt 1. Its free. I only hope they make this a historical structure as it could be damaged easy.

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Van Buren, Arkansas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I read about this along time ago and figured if we had time we would check it out. Its not much, just what the pictures show. If you find some directions follow them, this is a little off the 1A. Its interesting to me that they left it standing, perhaps just to show that not all dreams/ventures come true. If... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

It's a short side trip, and what good is it to drive to Key West without stopping frequently along the way? The bat tower is a pretty impressive structure, has an odd story, and doesn't cost a dime to go see and take a few snaps. Don't miss out on it.

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