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University of Florida Bat House

#4 of 64 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Cool to watch

We planned a picnic style dinner to watch the bats especially since many recommended that we get... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jeremy L
So neat!

This is a great place to visit. Get there a little before sunset, as sometimes the bats start... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We planned a picnic style dinner to watch the bats especially since many recommended that we get there about an hour early. The kids had a great time, it was a learning environment for all of us with the information posted and getting to watch...More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. Get there a little before sunset, as sometimes the bats start coming out a few minutes early. There are a few benches, but most people stand along the fence. The bats will swoop closely over your head, but...More

Thank GatorGirl428
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to do this for a few years and finally had the chance. There are three huge houses but you can really only see one stream of bats head to the lake. It lasted for quite a long time though. Before they start there...More

1  Thank Charles Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is your chance to get up-close-and-personal with bats! LOL good time for all. 10 to 20 minutes after sunset

Thank Elizabeth H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing exhibit of nature. The quantity of bats that come out of this house is mind-boggling at sunset every day! Everyone need to see this at least once!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

unusual event happens every evening just before dark, hundreds and hundreds of bats leave the house to eat on insects.

Thank snybchlvr
Reviewed 1 week ago

A no-cost attraction and well worth visiting. Be sure to get there about 15 minutes prior to sunset or a little earlier to get parking because it fills up pretty quick. Also, bring insect repellant because there are a lot of bugs around dusk flying...More

1  Thank Johnny G
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've not seen bats leaving their daylight accommodation before, this will be an experience for you. The sight of hundreds of furry "flying mice" leaving the bat "houses" at about twilight is something that most city dwellers will not see. However, once you've seen...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Where else can you see thousands of bats fly over your head? Just be sure and keep your mouth closed. They come out of the houses and fly toward Lake Alice. Its a great place to take visitors to Gainesville. Kids love it, mom's sudder.

1  Thank George L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much fun, and something different to do! This was amazing, and is across from a lake with wildlife as well. In addition to 400,000 bats, we saw an alligator, snapping turtles, and birds galore. In addition, with the 100 degree days, this outside dusk...More

Thank Jeanna R
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11 June 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
The bat houses are outside on the UF campus, and pets on leashes are permitted. The viewing area is right on Museum Road, so having pets on a leash is definitely a good idea.
Beth C
21 May 2016|
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Response from edneufl | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they come out every evening, right at dusk, so come a little early and wait around, they may have a different sense of dusk than yourself.
4 February 2016|
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Response from Claudia P | Reviewed this property |
Parking lot on property