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Perky's Bat Tower

Mile Marker 17, Sugarloaf Key, Key West, FL
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Ranked #51 of 83 attractions in Key West
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Brook Park, Ohio
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114 reviews 114 reviews
23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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168 reviews 168 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Mulberry, Arkansas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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Key West, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

It's an interesting story and it's free. I think it beats "the biggest ball of string" as an attraction, but I don't think I'd want to go to far out of my way to see it. There is no one there and there aren't any facilities or gift shops, so the visit is likely to be short.

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Toms River
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104 reviews 104 reviews
6 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

A short distance from the overseas highway. My hats off to the people who constructed this. Make sure you see it. It probably won't be around forever, as the elements seem to be taking their toll on the structure.

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