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Address: Mile Marker 17, Sugarloaf Key, Key West, FL

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Cool, empty bat condos

Someone decided to build a bat tower, import the bats, but none of then stay. Now the empty tower is just an oddity stop. This place is surprisingly popular with a constant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2016
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Powder Springs, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This it's a great idea..wish there were bats in it. This is old and damaged and is gathering trash and a place for people to carve their names in the wood as stupid destructive people do. The idea was interesting but i my opinion it should be either torn down or rebuilt though it is being currently used as a... More 

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Emlenton, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This stop will make you chuckle, if you can find it. Hang in there and look for that turn off the highway and keep driving straight. Believe me when I say, you won't miss it when it comes in to view. This building seems like a better idea than ever with the current Zika Virus fears - if only the... More 

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Thank Dana W
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Someone decided to build a bat tower, import the bats, but none of then stay. Now the empty tower is just an oddity stop. This place is surprisingly popular with a constant stream of people stopping by. The tower is now partially exposed so you can get a good look inside to see how it was built to supposedly attract... More 

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Thank 48Traveling
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Close to MM17, just west of the Sugarloaf Lodge, turn north onto bat Tower Rd. When the road curves to the left, keep going straight. Someday maybe someone will add some signage. Check out wikipedia or a Florida Keys history site for background info. Look around, take a picture or 2. There will be know bats as they decided rather... More 

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1 Thank craigclark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Worth checking out as you drive into Key West, but you should get some background on the bat tower from the web, like Wikipedia. There isn't much there, and zero tourist information, but it is an interesting structure.

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Rockwall, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

I used the great directions from one of the reviews below to find it. There are no signs and no information at the tower when you get there. You can Google the history but basically the tower was built to house bats that would aid in bug control. The bats had other plans and moved on. There's a little marsh... More 

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Cedar Springs, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This little hidden piece of history is one of those 'diamonds in the rough'. It is literally JUST off of the beaten path, but most people just pass it by without even knowing that it is there! Everything in the area of this landmark suggest that this area was once planned to be more than it is - the roads... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

As the Michelin guide says "worth a detour", not a destination, just a bit of Florida Keys idiosychrosy of arcane past endeavors to tame the mosquito population but that was unsuccessful as all the bats that were transported in to populate the tower just plain left immediately! Peer up inside the tower and you will see all the baffle plates... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

As soon as you pass mile marker 17, there is a big sign for Sugarloaf airport, turn there. The road looks like it goes no where, keep following. You will pass a sad house on the right, you will see a small road on right, take that. Tower at end. Neat to check out, they should clean up area &... More 

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Camillus, New York
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Tough to find, but worth it. Looks so odd to be there 17 miles outside of Key West. Turn at the sign where the airport is and continue down that road. Looks like you're headed into the middle of nowhere. Different and a must see once.

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