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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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Mesmerizing!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Winter Park, FL
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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Winter Park, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I used to live in Gainesville and the bat house is a place you should go at least once if you live there. This wouldn't be a "travel several hours" to see attraction. The flying out of the bats lasts about 30 minutes or so . . . there are that many bats! It's very interesting and intriguing site to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience! University of Florida has the world's largest bat houses. We braved the heat and humidity, but the experience was well worth it. Who knew that so many people would stand around and wait for bats.

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Cutler Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waiting to view the flying activity of bats is an unforgettable moment since I had never seeing such a sight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

visited with family got there just in time to see the bats take flight...would make a very scary movie...but it was a wonderful sight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not your typical experience. You don't think ... oh lets go see the Bats... Well they actually are very important to the eco system. Having visited the Bat House at University of Florida you see and learn just how very important Bats are to our existence. So do not just think of them as furry flying rodents. They are pretty... More 

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