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University of Florida Bat House

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Address: Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number:
+1 352-273-2054
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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Great Local Bat viewing

If the temp will be 65 or over, you can enjoy a lovely evening watching swarms of bats take their ritual flights to feed just after sunset. Easy to find spot at the University... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

If the temp will be 65 or over, you can enjoy a lovely evening watching swarms of bats take their ritual flights to feed just after sunset. Easy to find spot at the University, and really good information about bats and the history of the bat houses/

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Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

My son and I went earlier than needed. We waited for the event! A sight that I believe everyone should take the time to see and understand. Yes, there is a pungent odor. Everyone should stay outside of the fenced area. I do disagree to parents allowing small children to roll on the grass.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visit when it gets dark any evening and you will have thousands of bats soar around your head as they are leaving the bat house every night. It is quite a spectacular sight. Go across the street and visit the alligator and snapping turtles in Lake Alice!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We got there before sunset and waited and waited.. They really didn't come out until almost dark. And I'm pretty sure we all smelled like any pee when we left! I'm glad we got there early though to have a bench to sit. About twenty people had shown up by the time it started. Get there earlier and go across... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great opportunity to literally see millions of bats stream out of two bat barns on the campus of the University of Florida at dusk. There is parking but it is very limited and crowds are large in the summer. Go just a little before dusk. Bats start coming out just as it turns from dusk to dark and it continues... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I love to take my 2 girls here occasionally at dusk to watch the bats stream out. They all start flying out and it almost looks like a plume of smoke. Bats are wonderful and it's great that my children understand their purpose instead of fear them. I would suggest some mosquito repellent and/or long sleeves/pants since it is near... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

SO MANY BATS!!!! Just an amazing thing to do for free. Get there a little early to be able to park. Also, know it is a bit smelly shortly after they fly. A must do for anyone in or near Gainesville.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Ever wanted to see a million bats? Well this is the place to do it. Just remember not to have your mouth open as you look up at the bats flying out of their house. Great to do in the summer, expect to get there about 30 mins prior to dusk so you can get a spot. Sometimes there can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The bat house is one of a kind! Well, technically two of a kind since now there are two structures. I love taking people who are visiting here as it is always something they haven't seen at home, and it is really impressive to see the bats fly at dusk. Since it is an attraction based on nature evenings vary.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

What a special experience. To be able to watch thousands of bats leave their house all at once is something to see. We take our out of town visitors to see this as most people don't even know what a bat house is and seeing this sight is special. You should check with Google on what time Dusk begins. That... More 

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