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“Bats Galore!”

University of Florida Bat House
Ranked #4 of 69 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Get ready to have your socks knocked off. So many bats. They all come out at once and soar a few feet over your head. Incredible.

1  Thank maddaw10
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

If you visit campus you MUST visit the Bat House. Stay to watch the bats leave ....it's amazing!!!

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Reviewed February 9, 2012

It's one of those things that just doesn't seem like that big a deal until you really think about the sheer number of bats. Great low-key activity!

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Reviewed February 5, 2012

How exciting to watch thousands and thousands of little bats leaving their nests to eat. It was so cool watching these bats fly out of the bat houses in a path around an oak tree and out into the sky. This is a MUST see for all ages!

Thank Matuer
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

When the bats exit their dwelling they fly right at you and then straight up into the air to hunt bugs. Very cool

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