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University of Florida Bat House

Features Animals
Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Great nature activity!!

Very interesting 15-20 minutes from dusk til dark. Thousands of bats flying together in harmony... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Unique experience

I wonder what people must think if they drive by without knowing what's going on! I've been wanting... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
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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 15 March 2017

Very interesting 15-20 minutes from dusk til dark. Thousands of bats flying together in harmony. Well worth getting there early to take in the beautiful lake across the street while waiting for dark to fall. There is a very smart hawk in the trees who...More

Thank klordh
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I wonder what people must think if they drive by without knowing what's going on! I've been wanting to see this and tonight was a first. People gather and wait patiently. First just a few bats, then they start pouring out - spinning and swirling....More

Thank Kate S H
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The bats are always fun to watch. When it is warm enough to see the bats, expect mosquitoes and the foul smell of guano. Be sure to plan your visit with sufficient time to park before dusk.

1  Thank lauelipas
Reviewed 20 February 2017

So neat to see all the bats fly! A lot of people left before all of them had come out, so don't leave until it actually starts getting dark. The bats are quite small, so you won't be able to see lots of definition, but...More

1  Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 20 February 2017

bring all family members a delight from start to finish a real GVILLE tradition my granddaughter age 6 totally entranced

Thank burmawallah
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I've witnessed the running of the bats a few times, since we live near Gainesville. Its pretty neat to be there when the sun goes down and see the bats departing their man-made homes in the thousands. When we were there they took off towards...More

Thank burntweeniesandwich
Reviewed 15 February 2017

You need to time it right to go there before sunset and wait for the bats to fly out. It's very cool to see millions of bats coming out to hunt.

Thank tufgator
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Such an amazing site if you have not been yet, you'll definitely want to put this on your list to see while visiting.

Thank Debra K
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The sight of their transparent wings soaring right above your head is not to be missed. It happens as promised. Tens of thousands of bats leave the the bat houses approximately 5 minutes after the sun goes down every evening. A crowd gathers to watch,...More

Thank D3357DTsandrab
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Went here a few months ago with my friend and saw SO MANY BATS. They were flying around and it was so cool to see, but they did smell pretty bad. Then, I went here again with my boyfriend last week and THE BATS DIDN'T...More

Thank Kylison B
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29 September 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hello, Yes, the bats emerge year-round as long as there isn't a really bad storm and the temperature is at least around 65 degrees. There are typically fewer bats during the winter months. Keep in mind they feed on... More
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.