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University of Florida Bat House

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Go at sundown

Thousand of bats leave at sundown. Wave upon wave of bats flying away every evening to eat. Quite a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
409charless
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Gainesville, Florida
World’s Largest Occupied Bat Houses

It’s great to see the mass departure of 500 million bats from the three bat barns/house, which are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robogator0
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Windermere, Florida
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The University of Florida Bat Houses are the world's largest occupied bat houses with an estimated population of 500,000. The structures are located on the north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice on the...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thousand of bats leave at sundown. Wave upon wave of bats flying away every evening to eat. Quite a sight.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 409charless
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s great to see the mass departure of 500 million bats from the three bat barns/house, which are located near Lake Alice on the UF campus. The bats start flying out around sunset on certain evenings, especially when the winds are calm and the temperature...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting stop while in Gainesville. So many bats right at sunset! It's almost mythical. We loved it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Vina_Mora
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Vina_Mora, Thanks for your review of the UF Bat Houses. We're glad you enjoyed the emergence and hope you'll visit again when you have the opportunity. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of bats reside, you can hear them during the day and see them going in and out at night. Very interestingMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PierreS308
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi PierreS308, Thanks for taking the time to review the University of Florida Bat House. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the evening emergence. I'm not allowed to post the link here, but the Florida Museum of Natural History has two streaming web cams to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience! There were people there of all ages. Bats started coming out about 20 minutes after sunset. So did the mosquitoes. We stood on the east side on the sidewalk between the bat houses and the garden. The people standing on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank melaniejaneb
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi melaniejaneb, Thanks for your review of the UF Bat Houses. We're glad you enjoyed the evening emergence. I'm not allowed to post the link here, but the Florida Museum of Natural History does have two streaming web cams to view the bats: on is...More

Reviewed December 12, 2018

We actually visit the bat houses at dusk often. It is a fascination I don't think we will ever outgrow. Something in the anticipation of the wait, then that first small dot flying out of one of the houses, then a few, then clouds of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Discover815799
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Hi Discover815799, Thanks so much for your review and comments. Bats are indeed amazing little creatures we're glad to hear you enjoy experiencing the evening emergence. In case you aren't aware, the bats may also be viewed during daytime hours on the Florida Museum of...More

Reviewed November 25, 2018

One of a kind experience. Very interesting! The bats come out at sunset, and fly around in sort of flocks in beautiful patterns. I'd recommend to get there a little earlier, since finding a parking spot might be a bit tricky.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank irinkaflorida
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Hi irinkaflorida, Thanks for taking the time to review and share your thoughts on the UF Bat Houses. If you or others aren't aware, the Florida Museum of Natural History has a live streaming webcam that allows the bats to be viewed during daytime hours,...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Bats bats and more bats. Great Garden with Banana trees. Watch out for Gators at night. Go see the Gators during the day and the Bats at night.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Hi twinboytravels, Thanks for your review and comments. In case you aren't aware, the bats may also be viewed during daytime hours on the Florida Museum of Natural History website. The Museum has a live streaming web cam inside the first bat barn, as well...More

Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

This was a cool experience. There are so many bats. It’s incredible. The bats are high in the sky. But, there are hundreds of thousands of them. They fly is a pack.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephaniepuentew2018
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Hi stephaniepuentew2018, Thanks for your review and comments. Bats are indeed amazing and incredible little creatures and we're glad to hear you enjoy experiencing the evening emergence. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Across the road from Lake Alice, thousands of bats stream it off three bat houses, every evening. It is a truly impressive sight (and smell). Get there a bit early to park, and then wait at the fence--they come out a few at a time,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Pamela G
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Hi Pamela G, Thanks so much for your review and comments. Bats are indeed amazing little creatures and we're glad to hear you enjoy experiencing the evening emergence. Also to let others know, I believe the "Chapel" you're describing is the UF Baughman Center, and...More

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Tom F
June 15, 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hi Tom, While there could be many possible explanations, it’s likely it was a maternity colony that left after the pups were ready to fly. It will be interesting to see if others move in before next spring or if they come... More
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Patrick W
September 28, 2017|
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Hello, Yes, the bats emerge year-round as long as there isn't a really bad storm and the temperature is at least around 65 degrees. There are typically fewer bats during the winter months. Keep in mind they feed on... More
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TravelingfromPace
June 11, 2017|
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The bat houses are outside on the UF campus, and pets on leashes are permitted. The viewing area is right on Museum Road, so having pets on a leash is definitely a good idea.
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