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University of Florida Bat House

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Address: Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
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+1 352-273-2054
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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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Something to see at least once

This is unique experience at the University of Florida Campus. Get to the bat houses a little before dusk, the rest of the day the bats are asleep inside and you will not see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is unique experience at the University of Florida Campus. Get to the bat houses a little before dusk, the rest of the day the bats are asleep inside and you will not see anything, get a good location and be prepared to take pictures. The bats fly out of their houses all at once; they are thousands, and fly... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching the bats fly out of their house is an awesome experience! We walked across the road afterwards and watched them flying over the lake. Informative sign at the site as well.

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Miami
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They only come out when it is getting dark. Their poop smells but it was a new experience for me. The attraction is free and the surroundings are really pretty.

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Thank Maritza C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bats come out at dusk normally around 6 pm. It doesn't take long for all of the bats to come out. I don't recommend standing close because you might get droppings on you. It's a pretty cool sight though and the gators are right across the street in the lake.

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Gainesville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Seeing Lake Alice and the UF Bat house is a must for anyone visiting gator country. The gator ladden lake is quite picturesque and the bats emerging from the home each evening is a treat I've never caught elsewhere, definitely worth checking out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Enjoyable site for two recent international visitors to campus. Agree with other reviewers in that you can see some alligators in Lake Alice and the bats in one stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

An interesting place to see a whole lot of bats. Great informational signs to learn all the facts about this colony of bats. Fun for all to see and enjoy! Go at sun down and wait for the bats to emerge and flyover to the lake to begin the bug feast.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. I remember having to wait quite a while to see the bats.oh my gosh, it was so worth it.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

There is a lot to do while waiting for the bats. Lake Alice is right across the street. There is a little cathedral on the lake that has beautiful stained glass. There is free parking to the left of the bat house. You have to time it just right. The thousands of bats in the house fly out immediately before... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I brought my pre-teen little brother to see the bats fly out at sunset, and it was a nice family experience.

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