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University of Florida Bat House

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Address: Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number: 13522732054
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The University of Florida Bat Barn and Bat House are the world's largest...

The University of Florida Bat Barn and Bat House are the world's largest occupied bat houses, with an estimated population of more than 350,000. The structures are located on the north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice on the UF campus. Parking is available in a lot just west of the bat houses near Radio Road. A sidewalk leads from the parking lot to the observation area. A UF parking decal is required Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and on weekends and state holidays.

The bats normally emerge during a 15- to 20-minute period after sunset, before total darkness on calm, warm evenings when temperatures are above 65 F. Bats may swoop near those observing the emergence to eat insects attracted to the carbon dioxide in human breath, however they will not attack or harm people when left alone. High winds, heavy rain or cold temperatures will keep the bats in the house for the evening. On warm winter evenings, the bats may come out for a drink of water at the lake and exercise; however they can eat only when bugs are flying.

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Amazing sight

Took my daughters to view the bats coming out at dusk and we weren't disappointed. An estimated 300,000 bats live in the two bat houses. When they come out they keep pouring out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Don N
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my daughters to view the bats coming out at dusk and we weren't disappointed. An estimated 300,000 bats live in the two bat houses. When they come out they keep pouring out in a large a steady stream for about 10-15 minutes around dusk. We were all really impressed and will be back. There is parking down the street.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got there around 5:30PM and there wasn't a whole lot going on. There's a small lake across the road where we viewed turtles and a small gator, of course. I'm told the bats swarm out of the house at sundown so we missed that. Baughman hall would have been nice to see up close but there was a private... More 

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this review

Hi Bill, Thank you for your review. Yes, timing definitely is the key. If you arrived at 5:30 last week (first week of August), you were way too early, because sunset is after 8 p.m. The bats typically emerge after sunset just before dark. The sunset time for the day and more information about viewing the bats is available on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What more can you say than you will see thousands of bats heading out for thier feeding. It has an unpleasant smell. There will be a good size crowd of people. You need to get there before dusk so you will be sure to capture the whole experience.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The number one thing on my list to do when I found out that I was going to be in Gainesville was the UF Bat House and I wasn’t disappointed. I talked a bunch of people from class into going with me and it was great team experience where we got to know each other. I got there early and... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We waited for about forty five minutes for the bats to come out- along with about 50 or so other people. When they finally started to come out - they trickled out and were hard to see. According to other reviews we were expecting more of a cloud of bats- not the trickle. It isn't something that I would do... More 

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this review

Hello Kristin, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. I'm not sure of the angle from which you viewed the bats' emergence, but to gain the best perspective, it's best to watch the western sky over the pine trees and around the street lights on Museum Road. The shadows from the trees north of the house obscure the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If your afraid of bats or they make you cringe, than you must come to the bat house at the University of Florida and see how cute..and caring they are for our well being. They eat the bugs that cause us illness, so Yea! for bats and YEA! for UF Bat House & Go Gators.

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Winter Park, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's incredible to see the bats fly out of their bat house. Just a dust you will see an amazing transformation of the sky as the bats leave the house for the night. You can also go online and view video from cameras inside the bat house. A cool, cool experience!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Neat and educational experience! I visited this experience and the butterfly musueam....both; MUST see/do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thousands of bats pour out at dusk and take to the sky in what looks like a stream of flying critters right above your head it is a really neat thing to witness

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife wanted to stop by Lake Alice and look for some gators which we did happen to see and we thought well the timing is right so lets stay and check out this bat thing across the street. So glad we did. It was amazing to see the bats slowly start to come out until it was just a... More 

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