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University of Florida Bat House

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Closed Now: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One of a kind experience!

While you can certainly see bats in many locations, this viewing area is easily accessible and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ExploringD2
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Melbourne, Florida
Excellent time

Only takes 15 minutes. You can see from anywhere around, so no need to get there early. Great shots... read more

Reviewed November 24, 2019
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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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While you can certainly see bats in many locations, this viewing area is easily accessible and hosts one of the largest bat populations around! As a bonus, it has informational signs to keep viewers informed. Watching the bats is an amazing experience, and definitely worth
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Only takes 15 minutes. You can see from anywhere around, so no need to get there early. Great shots of bats coming out of houses.
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Response from Paul_Ramey, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House
Responded Dec 10, 2019
Hello 578deirdred, Thanks for the positive review and comments. When asked, I usually recommend visitors arrive a little early to ensure they can find a parking spot. Sincerely, Paul Ramey
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It was the girlfirends life long dream to see the bats so we made sure to get there in time for sunset. Turns out if it is too cold they don't come out. Sigh
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Response from Paul_Ramey, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House
Responded Dec 10, 2019
Hi boba317, I'm sorry you didn't get to see the evening emergence. But yes, you are correct. The temperature typically needs to be at least 65 degrees for the bats to emerge. I hope you have an opportunity to visit again on a warmer evening. Sincerely, Paul Ramey
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Daily, year-round, sometimes hundreds of people gather to watch hundreds of thousands of bats take off for their nightly excursions! Great fun and great people gather together and see raw nature up close... And I do mean close.... Bats flying just a couple feet above your
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Response from Paul_Ramey, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House
Responded Dec 10, 2019
Hi EALGator, Thanks for the positive review and detailed comments. We're glad you had a great time. Just to clarify for some who may not be aware: The bats typically emerge on evenings when the temperature is at least 65 degrees, so there are nights during the winter months that they stay in. Thanks again, Paul Ramey
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We got there just before sunset and waited ...then about 10 minutes after sunset, out they cam !! The bats were smaller than I thought, they would be but flew high - some from tree to tree but lines in the sky - I would go back again ! Nice parking and room for all to watch.
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Response from Paul_Ramey, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House
Responded Dec 10, 2019
Hi Betsy448, Thank you for the positive review and we're glad you enjoyed the experience at the UF Bat Houses. We hope you'll visit again if you have the opportunity. Kind regards, Paul Ramey
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