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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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Something you should do, but plan to be there for a bit

The UF Bat House is actually an amazing place, but it is easier to visit on a bike. Parking can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gainesville, Florida
Adventures of Gainesville

Went here on a recent trip back to Gainesville for the Gator Game. Was really neat to see the bats... read more

Reviewed 10 October 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 1 week ago

The UF Bat House is actually an amazing place, but it is easier to visit on a bike. Parking can sometimes be a challenge. You have to get there before dusk and wait. As the daylight is being stolen by the night, the bats come...More

Thank GatorGuy69
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Went here on a recent trip back to Gainesville for the Gator Game. Was really neat to see the bats again. Only complaint was there tons of bugs flying around.

Thank UFPAGator
Reviewed 3 October 2017

very cool place just at sunset to see all the bats fly out other that that time might not be very interesting to visit

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 3 October 2017

interesting and informative. It is a unique experience. Estimated population is about 350,000, that's a lot of bats.

Thank pagemitre
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Very fun. I've visited Austin many times and both experiences are very fun. This perhaps is mores accessible.

Thank alpineALtraveler
Reviewed 30 September 2017

I brought my parents to the bat house at dusk, and seeing all the bats fly out was amazing! We got pooped on a little, but it was worth it.

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This is a unique experience you won't find in many places except from dank dark cave somewhere! Go if you get the chance. Beware...they urinate as they come out, so something to cover your head is advised.

1  Thank Karl W
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I like bats. I do not know much but I have gone to see the bats under the Austin bridge and those at Carlsbad Cavern. These are neat at dusk when they take off in a stream. I recommend it.

Thank A H
Reviewed 17 August 2017

It is really amazing to see all the bats fly out together, as if on a timer. Never experienced a natural event that is so mesmerizing, and there are always plenty of people to share the experience with, of all ages!

Thank MandyCulp10
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I Just love this tour! It's interesting, amazing and children enjoy seeing the bats! It's definelly a must see in the city!

Thank Cristianne A
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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.